I have only ever done one other charcoal drawing before and it wasn't very good, so in celebration of FINALLY completing that HUGE graphite commission (see my art Journal...Mare and Foal Thread) I thought I'd grab one of my charcoal pencils and play around a bit. My friend's horse passed away a while ago and she had asked if I would do a sketch of one of her favorite pics of her and her horse. I chose tonight to give it a try.
Anyway for all you charcoal artists out there (ahem Flintlock), any advice in the use of this medium would be very much appreciated. I am already discovering how much I hate trying to blend the charcoal, but how much I love working with the fur texture in comparison to graphite. Oh yeah, I am sure this is a big no no, but I have been able to successfully sharpen my charcoal pencil in a regular electric pencil sharpener. The lead broke like 3 times when I tried the cheapo sharpener that came with the pencils.
This drawing was done with a 2B charcoal pencil. I used just a tiny bit of 4B in the heavily shadowed areas.