Drawing Tips of the Day No.13 Charcoal Sketches
I must have sketched 1,000s of charcoal sketches in my days past. So I have many techniques I can share.
They are mainly figurative studies done in 30 seconds up to about a minute. As there is such a time constraint when worming up, your focus has to be pinpointed.
It take quite a bit of practice to get most of the drawing completed in a minute—but it is so worth the practice.
When drawing figures you do not take in the entire form—only a part of it. That’s the way I work.
Some of the pros here get in the entire for within the time limit. I prefer to focus on the head and shoulders plus part of the background—which I draw in as black as I can. It can get very messy.
There are pros and cons of using charcoal besides being messy.
The pros are getting a nice even tone-almost seamless, from the white paper to black over large areas so it is quick.
The downside is the charcoal rubs off and you have to use a fixative. I’ve used these charcoal drawings as ideas for paintings.
So get out your charcoal sticks and get creative.
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