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05, Apr 2018

Tips on Charcoal Drawing

It is addiction to draw with pastel, charcoal and chalk. Maybe because the look is so dang fresh or the results are so immediate and fast, hence people want to learn drawing through charcoal.

Even the grand painter Michelangelo possessed the love for drawing with charcoal.
As an intermediate, charcoal has its own popularity and that is the reason, various artists love to use this form to compose the art. There are some handy techniques, which are revealed in this blog for the charcoal drawing.

Concentrate On Essence
It is said that one needs to keep the key thing intact. In other words, you can call the key thing as essence. While creating a main piece, there are several questions that can come to the mind of an artist. What the image is about and what message, the artist want to portray. Once the focal idea or essence is settled, then from that point one can move along with the piece, by keeping essence or flavour of painting intact.

Learning Value                                                                            
The term value can seem to create a lot of confusion, as it gets terrified around in the field of art. Using one to ten, what we signify by value in art is merely a walk from black to white. The 50% can be described as medium grey, intermediate between black and white, since one is the white of the page and 10 is black.
To assist in this process, an artist should start starting from the middle by keeping the lightest a three or four value and darkest dark not more than six to seven values. The painter should think of highlights and accents as twins living in each other’s neighbourhood. These two elements serve as a whole, as they are not the most significant element of the image.

Using The Ladder Of Value
It is harmless to speak that a thriving image has the authority to touch a connoisseur and rapidly reads well. Thus assigning dissimilar areas of image to darker or lesser tones and using the tone or value can be very supportive tool. Using the ladder of value permits an artist to assist the viewers to what they want to observe first.

There is much information that goes through an artist’s eye gate, whenever an artist is drawing an image and at times 20/20 vision is not helpful. The effect of the piece can get handicapped with the needless details. Hence the objective is to simplify and edit. To view a basic version of what a viewer is viewing at, squinting the eyes can simplify the values and provides an overall assistance. If a viewer wants to see the simple shape, then squinting may help. With the general spirit of the piece, nailing those simple shapes can assist.

Trying Thick Thin Lines
Using thin and thick lines can be an attractive idea and it is very surprising that how an artist misses these lines. It looks like a coloring book and can come across as very boring and monotonous in a drawing, if each line has the same width or is drawn with exact pressure. Hence, the drawing can become livelier, with the use of thick, thin lines.
There are some simple rules, through which an artist can achieve these lines. The artist should create lines beneath objects which should thicker, since there are usually shadows beneath, while thin lines should go at the top.

Getting Few Tools
For an artist, there are many tools and there are cool ones to have for charcoal.  Thus by knowing these tips one can be a good charcoal artist.