Welcome to the third installment of The Great Tutorial Adventure, where in this News feature, I'll be covering the topic of charcoal drawing.
Drawing is the foundation of all art, whether it be two-dimensional or three-dimensional, figurative or abstract. An artist must know how to draw before he or she can learn how to paint. Charcoal has been the medium of choice for many artists when sketching or drawing finished pieces.
There are several types of charcoal used for drawing. Vine charcoal is very light; it is primarily used for initial sketching or laying out structure lines. It is not as ideal for rendering, since it does not "bite" into the paper and will come off of the surface of the paper easily. Compressed charcoal is what many artists use for drawing more finished pieces. It comes prepared in sticks, pencils, or blocks. Like graphite pencils, charcoal pencils come in a range of hardnesses: B charcoal pencils are darker, whereas H charcoal pencils are lighter.