I though I’d take a photo of my supplies instead of describing them under the pic of the finished artwork.
I would be an additionnal picture to the post, but maybe then people wouldn’t feel like taking the whole thing because “aesthetics”?
So, I’m doing a charcoal drawing and here are the supplies I’ll be using, with their usage, in case you’re curious.
Top Left: Coates Willow Charcoal Powder. It’s incredibly fine black pigment, about the same texture as powdered sugar. The way I use it is with a soft soft brush. Just spread the thing, smear it all over.
Top “right” :
-Tombow mono Zero eraser, round. erases tiny detail, useful for hair and lashes, and everything that’s sort of small. Of course, the Sakura Electric eraser is ever better, because no back and forth movement is needed when using it, but for this particular drawing i won’t need it, so it’s not on the pic. I might show you guys in the future, with a video, maybe. We’ll see :-)
-Mitsubishi EP 60BX Boxy eraser. It’s black, but it does not transfer onto your paper when you erase, as some pink erasers will do. the shavings clump together nicely, makes for a better cleanup. if i could, i would marry this eraser. Good for everything but precise erasing.
-That grey blob is Staedtler’s karat® 5427Art eraser. It’s a putty, similar to the one you use to put up poster on you wall, but grey. It lifts stuff off the page, so no back and forth movement is needed. You just touch and lift the thing, and the graphite/charcoal will leave the page. You can shape any way you need, so you can erase precisely the way you want to. Magic, i say.
Brushes: They’re Royal & Langnickel watercolour brushes, size 8 and 12. I chose them because the hair, although synthetic, is very soft. I can colour a whole page with my powder and not a precise streak will show. that’s how i did the coat in this drawing. the buttons were created by erasing the powder off the page. It’s basically quick and easy way to darken a whole part of your paper.
Colour Shapers: I use the size 2 chisel and size 0 taper point for really precise work. It’s mostly for blending and softening lines or shading small regions, like the corner of the eyes, lips and lips texture and such. it a rubber tip, so they’re easy to clean. Very useful when doing colour work in pastels. They were created for oil painters and such, but pastel painters have been using them a lots too.
Conté à Paris Pastel (Black) : one of my fave pencils. it’s dark, blends wonderfully and erasable. It’s not charcoal, it’s really pastel, and you can tell the diffence when you use it. Don’t ask me why i prefer it, it’s a just a feeling i have. *shrug*. Conté makes big pencils (as you can see compared to the Derwent) and it feels so great in you hand. No breakage whatsoever, so yay!
Derwent Charcoal (Dark). Comes in dark, medium and light, but I mainly use the dark, since all shades i make by using blending tools and the white of the paper. It’s a good enough charcoal, I have yet to use the Conté charcoal, but this one is doing the job very nicely. Erases well, and does not break easily.
Staedtler sandpaper (and boxcutter blade). It’s what i use to sharpen my charcoal and pastel pencils. One of the reason is because the Conté Pastel is too big for most hand sharpeners, but mostly because exposing the lead with a knife and then sharpening it with sanding paper will never end in a broken point. And we hate to break points, don’t we, Precious? You just need to be careful using your blade, (here’s a video by Alphonso Dunn, who will show you how and why, for 11 minutes +. It’s long, but hey, he’s precise, explains well, and has SUCH A NICE VOICE.
I may have a crush)
So there you go. Tell me if you liked it, or if you’d like other supplies showed/explained.