Charcoal - An Amazing Paint Media to Draw Rough Sketches

By: Murtaza Habib

Charcoal - An Amazing Paint Media to Draw Rough Sketches

Charcoal is a drawing tool which is used by many artists for the creation of various sketches. It is a blackish residue having impure carbons, which are obtained by removing water from the animal and vegetable substances. It also used for rough sketches to create final painting by artists. It is one of the best media in drawing segment for creating a parsemage.

Generally, it is preserved by the process called fixative.

Usually charcoal is used in three forms by an artist.

1. Vine Charcoal.

2. Compressed Charcoal.

3. Powdered Charcoal.

Let's get down for more details of each one...

1. Vine Charcoal.

This charcoal is made from the burning sticks of wood in soft, medium and hard categories. Bamboo charcoal is the leading tool in Japanese charcoal drawing art.

2. Compressed Charcoal.

Compressed charcoal is a powder which is mixed with gum binder, and it is compressed into round as well as in square sticks. The hardness of stick depends on the amount of the binder. To cover wide sections of a drawing surface, finely powdered charcoal is mostly used.

3. Powdered Charcoal.

Sometimes if artists draw over the toned areas using charcoal it becomes darker, but it can become lighter if an artist wants.

Here's the difference between pencil and charcoal as a drawing tool. The main and most important difference between both pencil and charcoal is that the charcoal creates a line which is darker, velvety, and it will spread easily. Artists generally use both natural and artificial charcoal as drawing media. Natural charcoal is a part of wooden charcoal and its characteristics suitable for an attractive drawing. The drawing begins with outlining the whole object using charcoal.

The main and most important feature to use charcoal is its unique ability to spread over the drawing surface, and it also creates soft transitions.

About the Author:
Murtaza Habib wrote for PaintOnMyCanvas.com, a website now only available in Japanese.


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