Charcoal feels a very free, flexible and fast medium – great for working quickly to capture impressions without being too precious.
During this exercise I discovered that I could:
- Layer marks – putting strong marks on top of background shades, for example.
- Achieve both subtlety and strength.
- Use charcoal successfully both for ‘organic’ sweeping lines and straighter geometric lines.
- Use a putty rubber or piece of bread to introduce highlights or create ‘ghostly’ effects.
- I also learnt that charcoal can be unpredictable due to the varying shapes so it may sometimes be best to test before diving in. And, of course, smudging can be both a desirable and undesirable thing.