Hey, this section seems to be where the party's at.
I'm starting a new thread to post the long studies I'm exploring with the medium of charcoal. Using vine sticks, pencils and brushes to create some serious portrait pieces with the help of some of the best artists in So Cali, currently: Rick Morris, Kevin Chen & Glen Orbik.
This is a 1st attempt at a finished tonal figure work of JJ, a great character to portray in any medium. Only had 4 hours, so didn't finish the lower body. I've done practice studies to get the feel & working properties of textured paper, vine sticks, and SHARPly pointed pencils, prior to this. And I'm really really learning to see everything in terms of value and realizing it's okay to use whatever it takes to make the charcoal "paint" do what I need t to do.
I absolutely love this medium.