Drawing - How to Do a Reverse Charcoal Drawing

By: Murtaza Habib

Drawing - How to Do a Reverse Charcoal Drawing

Did you know reverse charcoal drawing creates a dramatic effect and accentuates light and dark in a drawing.

What if you discovered how to draw a reverse charcoal drawing?

The purpose of this article is to show you some quick and simple steps to get you started. Here They Go:

Step 1 - Use A Paper That Is Long-Lasting

Step 2 - Colour The Entire Page Black

Step 3 - Use A Spotlight

Step 4 - Draw Your Sketch

Step 5 - Use Your Erasers As Tools

Here Are Step-By-Step Details That You Can Apply Quickly And Easily:

Step 1 - Use A Paper That Is Long-Lasting:

You will need to use paper that is durable and strong with a light texture. A good one to use is Arches Cover Buff.

Use masking tape to tape it to the surface. If you use a wide tape, you will actually create a white frame around the image.

Step 2 - Colour The Entire Page Black:

Use a charcoal stick to shade the entire page black. Use your fingers to even and smooth the colour.

Step 3 - Use A Spotlight:

Use a spotlight in the dark on your model or object when learning this technique as it will exaggerate highlights and shadows for you to pick up in your portrayal.

Step 4 - Draw Your Sketch:

Make your sketch, using your eraser. Erase by adding more black or smearing with fingers. If you make an error, use your finger to fill the line with the black charcoal.

Step 5 - Use Your Erasers As Tools:

The retractable is used to make fine lines. The kneaded one is used to take of small amounts of charcoal, creating Gray areas. The magic rub one will help you create larger white areas.

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


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