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Questions tagged [charcoal]

For questions about arts and crafts specifically related to charcoal, most commonly its use in drawing implements.

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How can I safely transport a charcoal drawing?

What is the best way of transporting a charcoal drawing over on a long ride? The drawing is fixed with a workable fixative but im still concerned about smudging. I was thinking about rolling the ...
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How can I protect my pencil & charcoal drawings once complete?

I have now built up a small portfolio of pencil/charcoal drawings. Most of the time they are kept in my folders, but sometimes they are viewed by friends and relatives. And on the odd occasion ...
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How can I draw single hairs on black background with charcoal or graphite?

Every time I look at super realistic portrait drawings in charcoal or graphite, I wonder how to draw single hairs against a black background (on white paper though) like here or here. Do I have to ...
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Is it possible to combine charcoal and graphite in one image?

Im drawing an image with quite a large range of tones and I plan to draw the darker tones in charcoal. However I used a graphite pencil for the preparatory drawing. Is it still possible to draw with ...
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Sharpener for Pastel and Charcoal Pencils

I'm having a big issue sharpening pastel and charcoal pencils. I've tried using a traditional pencil sharpener on pastel pencils but the lead keeps breaking. I've also tried using a razorblade and ...
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How do hard, soft, and medium charcoal pencils compare against their counterparts in graphite?

Example: For shading, I have soft charcoal pencil, and 8B graphite pencil. The charcoal pencil I have does not have a specific label except the word "soft" written on it. Both of them are known for ...
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What are the types of charcoal pencils and how do they differ from each other?

I noticed that in the following picture there are at least 3 kinds of charcoal pencils: Wooden charcoal pencil with just the word soft written on it. Paper wrapped charcoal pencil with 600-H ...
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Charcoal and Pastel Drawing Storage

I need to store a lot of charcoal and pastel drawings as I've recently gotten back into drawing. I can't afford a proper solution such as a flat file at the moment. I'm worried about stacking the ...
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How to stop or reduce graphite from reflecting light?

Drawings drawn with graphite shine a lot under even a little light. The paper needs to be held at certain angle for proper viewing. Anyway to reduce or stop this?
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How do I keep from breaking charcoal pencil leads when I sharpen them with a knife?

I'm fairly good at sharpening graphite pencils with a knife using the technique in the answer in What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil? But I'm always breaking the points when I try to sharpen ...
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When to use a fixative in a drawing with charcoal and Pencil?

I am making a charcoal and pencil drawing. What would be the difference between spraying the paper with workable fixative after applying the charcoal, and laying the pencil over that, or spraying the ...
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What can I expect from a fixative?

I finished a charcoal drawing and want to paint over it with a clear coating (of acrylic gesso). For that I first used a fixative so that the drawing will not smudge when I apply gesso with a Brush. ...
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Which kind of paper should be selected for graphite, charcoal, and pencil colors? [closed]

Type of paper may have an effect on the medium of drawing used. Which kind of paper should be preferred for graphite, charcoal, and pencil colors, respectively? Also, please mention the standard ...
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Is it possible to make a charcoal lump stop leaving marks?

I thought about using a charcoal lump (you know, the regular stove coal) as a stand. Is it possible to make it stop leaving black marks on anything it touches? Like, sealing it, or something else?
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Differences between Charcoal Pencils 'soft' and 'light'

Is the charcoal that branded with 'soft' charcoal would be the same as the one that branded with 'light' one? Or is the any differences between them?