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    Types of charcoal

    Ok so iv decided too get my hands dirty with some charcoal pencils but iv got a problem, all the stuff iv bought seems brittle and doesnt apply a nice texture . Is there a specific brand or type that works better than others or did i just get a bad pack

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    possibly a bad brand. I've got General's brand charcoal pencils (a.k.a. Compressed charcoal). There's also Vine, Willow and I think a few other brands similar. Vine and Willow are typically brittle but have enough strength to make drawings with.

    Keep charcoal pencils sharpened - no pencil is going to leave you with the control and no grain, if it's dull. As for "next texture" - if you're using shitty paper that could be why. Watercolor paper is nice, heavy weight drawing paper is good, or anything with a tooth to it - Cold Press Illustration Board for example. Hot press MIGHT work, but it's got almost no tooth to it. Cold Press is nice to use for any real dry media.

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    You can sometimes get a bad pack. Keep in mind that charcoal is burned wood; it's not going to have a consistent quality to it, especially when inside a pencil.

    Conte brand pencils worked very nicely (when they were still making them)... seems to be getting harder and harder to find those state-side. Generals is fine, too. The softer the lead the more consistent the quality of charcoal, but I find I much rather use at least HB leads as they give me more control over line. It's too easy to lay down too much with a 2B or softer.

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    Artists don't draw what they see? I need some elaboration on that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitnrun View Post
    Artists don't draw what they see? I need some elaboration on that..
    I'll PM you (since the statement is in my sig and it's off topic)

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    im thinking its a combination of bad paper(normal sketchbook paper) and a shitty brand of charcoal(derwent)

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