Charcoal has been used since ancient times as one of the first drawing materials, and since it has wonderful lightfast properties, works done in charcoal will last for decades. Charcoal is best used on a surface with some tooth so the grit can hold the particulate. It can be easily fixed to the surface with a spray fixative or acrylic dispersion medium.
Even though Charcoal is usually a dry medium, it has tremendous blending abilities, with or without the use of a stump (a paper blending tool). If you want to look into brushes for blending, try our IPC line of brushes. Charcoal and white chalk together make for some of the most beautiful drawings.
|In the Hague Woods by Simon de Vlieger|
black chalk with grey wash and white on blue laid paper, collection NGA
Do you use charcoal or a form of charcoal in your work? If so, let us see your work and tell us about it.
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.