A drawing technique that employs an implement of charred
wood, charcoal drawing is a staple of any artist’s study. Charcoal drawings are
a great way for any artist to practice gesture and how to zero in on big shapes
without getting bogged down in detail. A charcoal artist is able to create
great levels of gradation by merely varying the pressure of his or her fingers,
and simply turning or rotating the implement can create a whole new kind of
stroke on the surface of a work. As with many drawing media, charcoal responds
strongly to the grain of the paper it is used on.