I’ve determined that the charcoal pencils I use are best for linear drawing but not shading.

Despite the drawback of not being able to shade very well with these pencils they are the best for getting accurate lines down on the page which I think is the most important. I must quantify this though. I really mean that these charcoal pencils (conte a paris) only work well for shading if you are willing to spend a few hours on working up the values. This is much different than vine charcoal or other compressed charcoal where I’ve seen artists work up the shading rather quickly. I’m going to have to being experimenting with other types of charcoal.

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  • Session: 1933
  • Work: 1409
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio
  • Art Time: 3
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."