Charcoal is one of the oldest drawing tools. Contrary to graphite, it does not reflect light and has a black, intense color. You can grind the charcoal with your fingers, a rubber eraser, a paper towel and a tortillon. Charcoal is most often used for sketches, underpainting and large-format drawings, where details do not play the most important role.Charcoal can be divided into hard and soft - the first is perfect for more precise sketches, the second - for artistic, painterly compositions. Both the first and the second type can be found in different forms, the three basic ones are: stick charcoal and crayon charcoal, as well as powdered charcoal. A charcoal stick is usually from a few to several millimeters thick and can have a round or square tip. It is a good choice for large drawings, because you can use not only the tip, but also the side, which makes it much easier, for example, to work on the background or large spots of shadow. The charcoal in a pencil is easier to use, it does not break so easily thanks to the fact that there is a wooden casing around the graphite made of carbon, which at the same time makes it easier to use and reduces the risk of staining. This type of drawing charcoal is recommended primarily for drawings that have more details and require greater precision. It is also a good choice for beginners who are just starting their adventure with charcoal drawings. Powdered charcoal is perfect for covering large surfaces, creating light and shade or a 3D effect. You can apply it with a brush, cloth, sponge or fingers. It gives a smooth effect, which allows for artistic results. In addition to the classic black carbon, other colors are also available, such as sepia, sanguine and even white. By combining various colors of charcoal, interesting effects and unique color compositions can be obtained.
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