DIY Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal Drwaing

Commonly used in kitchen in most native households, charcoal holds an important role in today's society by being the main component in artistic drawings. Though uniform and limited in color, this material can be flexible enough in making masterpieces.What you thought to be a tool used in heating food and other material can also work wonders with canvas prints

Charcoal Types

There are three variations of charcoal used in drawing namely vine, compressed and pencil. Each of them has its own specialty that differs from another. So before you jumpstart with your charcoal output, it is suggested that you had an idea with its uses and exclusive applications.

1. Compressed Charcoal- also known as charcoal sticks. It is hard compared to the to the vine and pencil type. Artists prefer this kind of charcoal material  when they want to define little details with their sketch work. Compressed charcoals also give darker shade to every canvas art.

2. Vine Charcoal- a thin piece of charcoal stick burned in a kiln without the presence of air. Unlike the compressed charcoal which is favored mostly in emphasizing little details, the vine one is instead used in forming the initial sketch or outline in charcoal work.

3. Pencil Charcoal- these are also compressed charcoals wrapped in a thin piece of wood instead of rubber found in compressed charcoals. This is common preferred by neophyte artist because of its crisp and easy effect on a paper or a canvas.

Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal drawing might be quite easy for most people. But the challenge with this type of drawing is that you have to keep your work clean and neat without the marks and stains by your main material. To draw with charcoal means that you'll get messy if you don't handle the procedure carefully. You will need a newspaper to cover up the space while doing the drawing.

1. First, gather the materials. You'll need a charcoal crayon, paper, eraser and a newspaper. After that, you fill and shade the entire paper space with charcoal. Do not leave any single mark of white space. Blacken it all up.

2. If you had a black and white photo at home, then it will be a good subject in making your artwork. Have it turned upside down as you look into its details. You don't need to copy or imitate the photo. With the use of an eraser, draw the first major outlines in your blackened paper. 

3. If you happen to draw some kind of a portrait, start with the basic outlines first like the eye. Then begin with the hair. Used a thin eraser for a finer and refined outcome. Check again the original portrait. Add on other minor details. Once you are done, you can begin using your charcoal material again. You can start blackening the eyes and other features that needs some shade.

4. Satisfied with your work? Take the final step by erasing the black background of your subject. A gentle and light press with the material will do. Be careful in wiping and erasing it off. The charcoal may run or spread over the entire paper or canvas.

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