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The flocculent beauty of the work you show is not that the artists drew a single hair (that would never achieve the effect) the beauty came from the artists layering one drawn hair "over" another and repeating it until the desired depth was achieved. I can think of two artists on Youtube who demonstrate this layering process (with explanations for their ...


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If the pieces are likely to be handled and/or displayed then using fixative sprays is probably the best option. There are two purposely manufactured types: Workable Final Workable Fixative As the name suggests, this allows you to add additional layers to your work after the spray has been used. Workable Fixative is a thin solution and it sets up a new ...


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Spray fixative should make the drawing more matte as well as protecting it. You could also try a layer of acrylic matte medium, sprayed or brushed, but that would be a little more involved and riskier to the original work if it cannot handle the wet medium. Either way do some test pieces before trying on the finished work. I also would recommend ...


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I have used both charcoal and graphite for art projects. I have personally never combined the two in a single project. Charcoal Charcoal is generally much darker, bolder and messier. It's easy to fade charcoal or wipe it off the paper entirely if you make mistakes. Charcoal, due to its brittle nature is also easy to smudge or gently wipe to assist in your ...


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Yes, it is absolutely possible to completely fixate the pigment on its support, but there is a lot of difference in quality between brands and purposes. So, yes, you probably have a low-quality or inappropriate one - assuming your support is not wet or too smooth, which can both impede the fixation. A couple of coatings is usually the recommended application....


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PROFESSIONAL VERSION Put on a pair of clean white cotton gloves. Mount the drawing on an acid-free sheet of museum board with archival mounting tape. Prepare a beveled matt with an interior size 1-2 cm smaller than your paper. Attach the matt to the museum board with one strip of archival tape along the top edge. Place a piece of 5 mm thick plexiglas on ...


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Workable Fixative is meant to "freeze" what work has been completed already. By spraying when the charcoal layer is finished, before beginning the pencil layer, you "fix" the charcoal layer to minimize smudging of it during work on the pencil layer. There may still be some minor smudging or transfer of charcoal in heavier areas, but it will be drastically ...


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Yes, you can mix medias. But you need to preserve some of the tooth of your paper's surface to successfully transition from working with graphite to charcoal. The tooth of your paper determines how well things will catch and hold to the surface of the paper. As you pass your pencil, or charcoal, across the paper's surface little bits of the drawing tool ...


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These charcoal pencils are just a demonstration of the styles of pencil you might encounter. Wooden Coated Charcoal The first pencil, labeled "soft" is a softer charcoal pencil, coated in wood. Wooden charcoal pencils are generally cheaper and require a sharp blade (ex exacto knife) to sharpen them. They would not easily sharpen in a traditional pencil ...


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I would lean toward using acid-free tissue paper. It comes in all sizes and you can cut out sheets large enough to separate your drawings. I think this is similar to what my sisters use. Of course one of the things that could help preserve them is spray a fixative on them, to help keep them from smudging. Last if you need a physical container, there are ...


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Is coconut shell good to produce charcoal for drawing? I am sure that will work just fine. It does depend on the type of shape you want, as the structure of coconut shell is not optimal: it is naturally curved, making it hard - if not impossible - to get nice straight styluses out of it, and it might splinter more easily when exposed to high temperatures, ...


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If you use graphite, then you have the properties of graphite: it conducts electricity and it shines. To make it less shiny after using it, you most likely need to apply a layer of something which washes away (partially) the shine, but still leaves the drawing visible. You can try some of the following: special plastic sheet, used instead of glass, to ...


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There is a type of spray that is often used by film production teams called “dulling spray”. It is a spray that kills reflections on anything, because in movies you DO NOT WANT HIGHLIGHTS. The spray is expensive and quite a challenge to come by, as the best sprays are only distributed by photography and film equipment rental shops. If you do use it, ...


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Vertruvian Fine Art Studio, an online drawing and painting school has a very good answer to your question, provided by instructor David Jamieson. The shininess is "burnishing" which happens when an area is worked too much or you press too hard. He says: "In my experience, there are only 3 ways to prevent your pencil drawings from becoming ...


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I tried my hands on making charcoal with coconut shells. I used the technique shared by most of the youtubers where they use a perforated can to cook the raw material(in this case broken pieces of coconut shell). The result was not that appealing in the sense that the charcoal I ended up with was not making dark marks as expected in the paper. Instead, there ...


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Drawing charcoal is made in two general ways. One is to start with wood that is naturally in stick form and turn it into charcoal by burning it in a kiln without air. Grape vines and willow sticks are commonly used for that, but DIYers use almost any kind of available sticks, or even lumber cut into sticks. The drawing characteristics of the result are ...


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Sandpaper. Really, imho the best way to sharpen charcoal pencils is by using sandpaper (100 grit). Works really, really well and the result is perfect.


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Hairspray will work but will yellow over time. Get the Krylon fixative mentioned above. Any hobby store will carry it. You can also use clear varnish from the paint department at a big box store.


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Hairspray definitely works, but I'm not sure whether or not it will yellow over time. You can also buy fixative spray that is artist's quality and presumably tested for its pH and other qualities.


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There are many types of paper finishes and each have their own unique characteristics you, the artist, can decide which you want to use. With that in mind, there are some guidelines you can use to select the best paper for your project: Paper for Graphite Smooth Bristol (Strathmore) papers are ideal for graphite drawings. They provide a smooth surface ...


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It is important to understand the concept of layers. It also depends on the medium. Sometimes a "charcoal drawing" implements other media. Sometimes what appears to be black on white is actually white on black. There is also a process using a "scratch board" where the black surface is scratched away to reveal the white layer underneath. On a plain charcoal ...


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Another approach to coating the coal is to submerge it in a liquid so you can be sure to seal every crack and surface imperfection. The amount of weight it needs to bear might be a factor in choosing a sealant too (you said it was a stand). If I were really worried about the weight, or the strength of the sealant I'd be using a 2 pack clear epoxy finish. ...


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Actually I doubt that there's a way to do that. Every drawing medium has its own traits and one of graphite is to be shiny. (To be honest, I like that a lot about graphite, so it's not a bad thing). Because of the different shininess I simply wouldn't use charcoal and graphite together in one picture. Using 7B instead of charcoal will give the drawing an ...


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Here are my suggestions for transport: Carry your charcoal painting flat. Cut a piece of matte board or cardboard the right size. Wrap the rigid backing and your painting together with plastic wrap, then protect the package with a plastic bag. If the piece is too big to carry flat, experiment with rolling some test pieces sprayed with workable fixative and ...


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The brands between Soft charcoal pencil and Light charcoal pencil is different. Soft Charcoal pencil is darker than medium and hard charcoal pencil, it is black color. It easy to crush, first time I used it, it become as short as dwarf in one day. Light charcoal have 2 meaning. 1 is means light, medium, dark same with hard, medium, soft. Light = Hard ...


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