Charcoal: Shading Techniques
Shading is important because it creates depth and different perspectives in your art.
When light hits your drawing it creates a value. It is a degree of light or shadow on your piece.
Crosshatching uses layering and pressure to create a range of values.
Circular drawing, also called scumbling, uses squiggly lines to build darker values.
Drawing with an eraser: stiff erasers can create cleaner sharp edges.
Kneaded erasers are moldable and great for lifting away charcoal to add lighter value.
Lines: kneaded eraser vs. stiff eraser.
White charcoal can be mixed with black charcoal to make grey in lighter values.
Don’t want to use your finger? You can use tissues, cotton swabs, blending stumps or a brush.
Blending with stumps is very efficient, and keeps things neater.
Q-tips are nice because they are softer than stumps. You can create lighter values using q-tips.
It’s harder to see white charcoal pencils. You have to use much more, & it doesn’t mix gray the same
You can see here how much harder it is to see white charcoal pencil.
But white charcoal will be more prominent on toned or black paper.
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