Charcoal painting is a medium of art form that uses sticks of charred wood instead of any colored pigments. Charcoal art can be found as finished drawings as well preliminary outlines. The best & most unique thing of using charcoal medium is that they can be easily erased & smudged, offering a great technique to create textures, build tones, and rectify mistakes.
Charcoal is often used for roughing an outline on a large canvas or mural before finishing the artwork with oil paint or acrylic. Charcoal art is thus very much similar to pencil sketches but provide a darker & more vibrant gradient than graphite pencils. To make a charcoal sketch long lasting, a sealant like gum or resin is usually used.
Charcoal drawings have been a part of the larger artistic ecosystem of the world for a long time and have been adapted to different stylistic traditions over the time. Drawings using charcoal as a medium have survived from the 16th & 17th centuries, and have flourished from the 19th and well into the 21st century.
Materials required for charcoal art are simple & inexpensive. All you need is:
- Charcoal sticks
- Sanding block
- Charcoal pencils
- White charcoal
- Kneaded eraser
- Blending tools
- Toned papers
- Charcoal art is beginner friendly, especially for those trained in pencil sketching.
- Charcoal is a natural material and hence perhaps the safest & most environment friendly medium for art.
- Using charcoal as a medium makes the artwork versatile and provides the artists the liberty to experiment with different tones & techniques.
- Charcoal painting helps in learning about tonal values.
- The painting supplies are really inexpensive.
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- An interest to learn.