Drawing with Charcoal

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (2)

Apply a layer of charcoal using the side of the stick

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (3)

Cover the working area in this way

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (4)

Apply an even pressure, not too heavy as this will become your medium tonal value

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (5)

Using a piece of soft cloth, smudge the charcoal into the surface

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (6)

Smudge the charcoal all over the working area

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (7)

You should end up with an even finish.  At this stage you may wish to sketch very lightly with charcoal your outline of the object.

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (8)

Take a small piece of white tack or soft putty eraser (I prefer the kneadable art eraser by Faber-Castell) Small pieces will keep the main eraser free from charcoal dirt, when the small piece has become too saturated, throw it away and start with a new piece.

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (9)

Lift out the areas that are lighter in tone with the putty eraser

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You are now drawing with the eraser the lighter tones.

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (11)

Now start adding the darker tones with the charcoal stick

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (12)

Continue adding darker values, building up the structure

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Adjust the light and medium values until you are satisfied you have the right tones

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Complete the study with the finer details.

Charcoal Demo July 2013 (1)

Here’s one for the pot!

I hope that you have enjoyed this demonstration and keen to have a go yourself.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Aug 30, 2013 @ 09:46:36

    Love the simplicity of the charcoal demo photos, and your explanations, Yvette.


    Aug 30, 2013 @ 10:23:37

    I love the charcoal demo. Can’t wait to have a go. Val



  3. Shelley Whiting
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 06:12:57

    I love the step by step demonstration. The mushroom is very impressive and realistic.


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