-Excellent for adding very thin, refined lines to a charcoal drawing.

-Difficult to erase.

-Best used when a drawing is almost finished.

-Use in conjunction with compressed charcoal and vine charcoal.

-Is quite permanent and doesn’t smudge easily.

-Can be used with an eraser stick to draw with cross-hatching.

-Great for achieving tiny details in a charcoal drawing.

Ben Sampson, Alexandra Alemany, Nicole Xu, Skye Ray, Sarah Rose Morris

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2 responses on "Charcoal Pencil"

  1. Profile photo of Alexander Rowe

    This tool is definitely one to use at the end of the drawing, to add detail and finish up with some nice small points. When I first started playing around with charcoal I used the pencil to start and (like Prof Lieu and Casey said) found it really unforgiving and didn’t provide the effect that I wanted out of charcoal in the first place. I had to get charcoal pencils away from me for a few drawings, just to get myself to explore the medium without the pencil-like application I was used to.

  2. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    When I was learning how to draw in charcoal this was the first material I bought (presumably because it looks like a normal, familiar pencil) but it was the last one i learned how to use properly… I think the relative permanence of the charcoal pencil is definitely the important thing to know before you get started. Unlike a graphite pencil, you really can’t erase this stuff, and it’s certainly not what you want to begin a sketch with!

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