Charcoal

Charcoal: Velvety Black Beauty

Charcoal's earthy origins started with the charred ends of sticks, and truth be told, working with charcoal these days is no less messy, and no less grounded. Working with charcoal allows the artists to focus fully on the essence of a subject, and ignore many things that can often detract from a subject's true nature. Charcoal brings the artists down to earth, back to basics, and demands focus.

But, charcoal is also a flexible medium. Unlike working with most graphite, you can blend it into varying shades of gray, create strong, solid lines, or blur the lines into a swath of shadow. Working with charcoal is very close to working with the essence of art: positive and negative space, perception, and tonal values become the keep components, as well as the areas where an artist should focus their attention.

Getting Started
Because charcoal is a notoriously messy medium, make sure your space is well-prepared. Cover your workspace with newsprint, and have clean paper towels at hand. Make sure your workspace is well-ventilated, and get down to business.

Materials for Charcoal

Paper
The best paper choice for charcoal work is white, thick paper with a bit of texture. It shouldn't be too smooth, or the charcoal will not stick to the paper. Choose paper that is not too dark, otherwise the detailing will not be as visible.

Vine Charcoal
Vine charcoal is uncompressed charcoal. One of its characteristics is that it is easy to erase. It is also called willow charcoal.

Compressed Charcoal
Compressed charcoal looks like graphite and comes either in pencil form or stick form. It is available in various hardness levels: soft, medium or hard. Softer charcoals are darker, while hard charcoals are lighter.

Kneaded Eraser
Kneaded erasers are soft and bendable so that you can knead them into any shape. Kneaded erasers are great for creating subtle changes.

Gum/White Erasers
Gum erasers are comparatively harder. These are good for revealing white highlights.

Blending Stumps
Blending stumps are also called tortillons. They are good for blending in smaller details.

Paper Towels
These can be used for blending large areas. These are also effective for rubbing vine charcoal sketches.

Wrapping It Up
Just as when you work with pastels, once you finish a charcoal piece, you probably want to cover it with a fixative so that it doesn't get smudged or damaged. Remember, as a safety precaution, to keep your hands away from your face when working with charcoal, and wash them immediately after you're done. Charcoal dust is not something you want to breathe in.

 Products (Total Items: 74)

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Your Price

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Conte Compressed Charcoal 2B

(Item Number C2227)

MSRP: $31.80
YOUR PRICE $29.01

Conte Compressed Charcoal 3B

(Item Number C2228)

MSRP: $31.80
YOUR PRICE $29.01

Conte Compressed Charcoal HB

(Item Number C2225)

MSRP: $31.80
YOUR PRICE $29.01

Derwent XL Block Groove Cube

(Item Number 2302023)

MSRP: $7.29
YOUR PRICE $5.84

MSRP: $7.29
YOUR PRICE $5.84

Faber-Castell Natural Willow Charcoal Stick 12-Pack

Natural willow charcoal sticks available in 20 piece - 3-6mm width, 12 piece - 5-8mm width, 6 piece - 7-12mm width, 4 piece - 9-15mm width.

(Item Number FC129298)

MSRP: $9.00
YOUR PRICE $7.20

Faber-Castell Natural Willow Charcoal Stick 20-Pack

Natural willow charcoal sticks available in 20 piece - 3-6mm width, 12 piece - 5-8mm width, 6 piece - 7-12mm width, 4 piece - 9-15mm width.

(Item Number FC129198)

MSRP: $9.00
YOUR PRICE $7.20

Faber-Castell Natural Willow Charcoal Stick 4-Pack

Natural willow charcoal sticks available in 20 piece - 3-6mm width, 12 piece - 5-8mm width, 6 piece - 7-12mm width, 4 piece - 9-15mm width.

(Item Number FC129498)

MSRP: $9.00
YOUR PRICE $7.20

Faber-Castell Natural Willow Charcoal Stick 6-Pack

Natural willow charcoal sticks available in 20 piece - 3-6mm width, 12 piece - 5-8mm width, 6 piece - 7-12mm width, 4 piece - 9-15mm width.

(Item Number FC129398)

MSRP: $9.00
YOUR PRICE $7.20

Faber-Castell PITT Charcoal Set

(Item Number FC112996)

MSRP: $16.25
YOUR PRICE $13.01

General's Charcoal Drawing Pencil Set

This assortment contains HB, 2B, 4B, and two 6B charcoal drawing pencils, Charcoal White® pencil, Carbon Sketch™ pencil, and an All-Art® Sharpener.

(Item Number G557-6A)

MSRP: $8.99
YOUR PRICE $7.76

General's Charcoal Kit

Created to meet artist’s demands for a comprehensive charcoal set with a total of 13 pieces. Kit includes one Charcoal White pencil, five charcoal pencils (one each HB, 2B, 4B and two 6B), six compressed charcoal sticks (one white, five assorted black), a Carbon Sketch&trade pencil, an artist pencil sharpener, and a kneaded eraser.

(Item Number G15)

MSRP: $14.90
YOUR PRICE $12.88

General's Charcoal Pencil 2B

(Item Number 557G-2B)

MSRP: $16.20
YOUR PRICE $14.00

General's Charcoal Pencil 4B

(Item Number 557G-4B)

MSRP: $16.20
YOUR PRICE $14.00

General's Charcoal Pencil 6B

Made with the original formula, General’s Charcoal pencils yield rich, black lines for drawings and sketches.

(Item Number 557G-6B)

MSRP: $16.20
YOUR PRICE $14.00

General's Charcoal Pencil HB

(Item Number 557G-HB)

MSRP: $16.20
YOUR PRICE $14.00

General's Charcoal Pencil Kit

Still made with the original formula, this charcoal pencil kit includes a 2B, 4B, and 6B charcoal pencil, a Charcoal White pencil, and a kneaded eraser.

(Item Number 557BP)

MSRP: $4.90
YOUR PRICE $4.24

MSRP: $16.20
YOUR PRICE $14.00

MSRP: $3.59
YOUR PRICE $2.88

MSRP: $11.70
YOUR PRICE $10.11

General's Compressed Charcoal Sticks

Black compressed charcoal Four stick soft assortment.

(Item Number 957ABP)

MSRP: $3.95
YOUR PRICE $3.41

MSRP: $10.20
YOUR PRICE $8.82

MSRP: $10.20
YOUR PRICE $8.82

MSRP: $10.20
YOUR PRICE $8.82

MSRP: $3.95
YOUR PRICE $3.41

General's Jumbo Compressed Charcoal Sticks

Jumbo Charcoal 3 pack for drawing and sketching.

(Item Number 960ABP)

MSRP: $3.95
YOUR PRICE $3.41

MSRP: $110.10
YOUR PRICE $95.12

MSRP: $18.35
YOUR PRICE $15.86

MSRP: $18.35
YOUR PRICE $15.86

MSRP: $4.99
YOUR PRICE $4.30

MSRP: $18.35
YOUR PRICE $15.86

MSRP: $12.95
YOUR PRICE $11.18

General's White Compressed Charcoal Sticks

White compressed charcoal includes four sticks.

(Item Number 958BP)

MSRP: $4.20
YOUR PRICE $3.63

MSRP: $3.40
YOUR PRICE $2.72

MSRP: $7.45
YOUR PRICE $5.36

MSRP: $2.60
YOUR PRICE $1.87

MSRP: $32.50
YOUR PRICE $23.41

MSRP: $4.95
YOUR PRICE $3.57

MSRP: $4.95
YOUR PRICE $3.57

MSRP: $4.95
YOUR PRICE $3.57

Heritage Arts Compressed Charcoal Sticks 6-Piece Boxed (Assorted)

These high-quality natural willow compressed charcoal blocks are great for detail or broad coverage while drawing or sketching. Blendable they adhere well to drawing surfaces and can be used whole or broken into smaller pieces for shading.

(Item Number HCS-A)

MSRP: $6.95
YOUR PRICE $5.01

Heritage Arts Compressed Charcoal Sticks 6-Piece Boxed (Hard)

These high-quality natural willow compressed charcoal blocks are great for detail or broad coverage while drawing or sketching. Blendable they adhere well to drawing surfaces and can be used whole or broken into smaller pieces for shading.

(Item Number HCS-H)

MSRP: $6.95
YOUR PRICE $5.01

Heritage Arts Compressed Charcoal Sticks 6-Piece Boxed (Medium)

These high-quality natural willow compressed charcoal blocks are great for detail or broad coverage while drawing or sketching. Blendable they adhere well to drawing surfaces and can be used whole or broken into smaller pieces for shading.

(Item Number HCS-M)

MSRP: $6.95
YOUR PRICE $5.01

Heritage Arts Compressed Charcoal Sticks 6-Piece Boxed (Soft)

These high-quality natural willow compressed charcoal blocks are great for detail or broad coverage while drawing or sketching. Blendable they adhere well to drawing surfaces and can be used whole or broken into smaller pieces for shading.

(Item Number HCS-S)

MSRP: $6.95
YOUR PRICE $5.01

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Extra Soft 12-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH12XS)

MSRP: $8.99
YOUR PRICE $6.48

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Extra Soft 4-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH4XS)

MSRP: $2.99
YOUR PRICE $2.16

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Hard 12-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH12H)

MSRP: $8.99
YOUR PRICE $6.48

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Hard 4-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH4H)

MSRP: $2.99
YOUR PRICE $2.16

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Medium 12-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH12M)

MSRP: $8.99
YOUR PRICE $6.48

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Medium 4-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH4M)

MSRP: $2.99
YOUR PRICE $2.16

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Soft 12-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH12S)

MSRP: $8.99
YOUR PRICE $6.48

Heritage Arts Vine Charcoal Soft 4-Pack Set

Charcoal made from natural burned grape vines. Produces soft velvety grays and smudges and erases easily.

(Item Number VH4S)

MSRP: $2.99
YOUR PRICE $2.16

MSRP: $13.75
YOUR PRICE $11.01

MSRP: $19.20
YOUR PRICE $16.59

MSRP: $153.60
YOUR PRICE $132.70

MSRP: $19.20
YOUR PRICE $16.59

MSRP: $18.50
YOUR PRICE $15.98

MSRP: $7.79
YOUR PRICE $6.74

MSRP: $28.95
YOUR PRICE $25.01

MSRP: $19.20
YOUR PRICE $16.59

Staedtler Charcoal Pencil Set

(Item Number 280SBK1A)

MSRP: $5.48
YOUR PRICE $5.26

MSRP: $3.09
YOUR PRICE $2.48

MSRP: $9.79
YOUR PRICE $7.84

MSRP: $3.09
YOUR PRICE $2.48

MSRP: $9.79
YOUR PRICE $7.84

MSRP: $16.79
YOUR PRICE $13.44

MSRP: $9.79
YOUR PRICE $7.84

MSRP: $3.09
YOUR PRICE $2.48

MSRP: $9.79
YOUR PRICE $7.84

MSRP: $3.09
YOUR PRICE $2.48

MSRP: $16.79
YOUR PRICE $13.44

Yarka Compressed Charcoal Set

YARKA® Natural Willowand Compressed Charcoals.Natural Willow Charcoal features smooth coverage in a soft-medium grade, which provides easy shading from black to pale-grey.

(Item Number YK19102)

MSRP: $19.25
YOUR PRICE $13.86

Yarka Natural Willow Charcoal Set

YARKA® Natural Willowand Compressed Charcoals.Natural Willow Charcoal features smooth coverage in a soft-medium grade, which provides easy shading from black to pale-grey.

(Item Number YK19101)

MSRP: $20.00
YOUR PRICE $14.40
 
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