Drawing with Charcoal

I was tidying my art room last week – something I don’t do often enough.  It’s one of those tasks that I dread doing as I always leave it too long and as we often use the room as a bit of dumping ground for random stuff that doesn’t have an obvious home it does get a bit cluttered.  This time it was so bad even getting into the room was like completing a weird little obstacle course.  I think the dread of the task had made me forget one of the little bonuses of tidying up – finding a load of art supplies that I’ve completely forgotten about!

This time the find included a box of charcoal.  I haven’t used charcoal for over a year now and sadly it’s not really a medium I’ve mastered.  I tend to use it for under drawings on canvas and I used it a lot when I took a life drawing class a few years ago as it helped to loosen up my drawing style but most of my finished pieces are just a messy blur.

That said I love other people’s charcoal drawings and a few years ago my husband and I decided not to buy each other Christmas presents and instead treated ourselves to three charcoal creations by artist John Graham we spotted in the Tallantyre gallery in Northumberland.  I love the knarly faces of the old fisherman and am so jealous of the skill in managing to create something so delicate and life like with such a difficult to medium.

Charcoal drawing

So I was really interested when I came across this blog from  Ella Johnston on the Cass Art site – Cass Art Blog

Maybe it’s time to give the dust another go???


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