I tried using charcoal on coloured Canson Mi Teintes paper this week in drawing class - so I could use white to do the highlights. Of course, I then completely forgot to add the white charcoal and only noticed when I came to take the photograph. - so I added it in anyway! So all normal charcoal was done in class and then white charcoal was added htis morning (see below for both images).
I remembered exactly where it needed to go as I was making a point of leaving the areas which needed highlights free of charcoal!
For the last half hour I drew a slightly larger image of the model - but holding a four inch thin willow charcoal stick by the end. It makes it more difficult to control but funnily enough drawing quickly and holding the charcoal in this way means you make decisions about what you know to be the essential marks to make. Also drawing straight after spending some time on a drawing makes it much easier to do the second drawing.
(Note - the first two images were taken with flash - hence why you can see the colour of the paper)
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