Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
MzzAzn's Charcoal Tutorial by MzzAzn MzzAzn's Charcoal Tutorial by MzzAzn
As I stated above, charcoal used to scare me to death (literally) - and then after working with it a bit, I've found out how awesome it actually is. This is just a little tutorial on how I created one of my assignments for class. I know it's not "OMG, it's so perfect and so freaking realistic" :giggle: - but it's nice to share tips with everyone. I hope it helps it you're interested in charcoal work.


Charcoal allows you to have a great range of value. You can easily have noticeable highlights, as well as, dark black values with charcoal. I love it because you can get quite realistic with your drawings and create super expressive lines with them. It's easy to blend once you get the hang of it, and it's easy to correct mistakes with. I've only begun working with charcoal around three months ago, so bare with me! These are just things I've learned as I worked with it!

My other charcoal work from the past few months or so:



------
Places where you can buy art materials online:
:bulletgreen:[link]
:bulletred:[link]
:bulletgreen:[link]
:bulletred:[link]

Just use your handy dandy google search engine :heart: to find more places and also to researching rendering and the five value system.


--------

Artistic Quotes
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. ~Charles Horton Cooley

All art requires courage. ~Anne Tucker

God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things. ~Pablo Picasso


--------


if you find an error and it bugs you, please note me about it. We shall blame any mistakes on my empty stomach and lack of 10hrs+ of sleep :XD:


:dalove: Thanks for the view & support everyone. It means the world! :glomp:
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2010-12-31
MzzAzn's Charcoal Tutorial by =MzzAzn -- Suggester's words: Such a clear and concise tutorial and it's so organised and useful! The artist even links you to sites where you can buy the materials and gives you words of support and encouragement. ( Suggested by InsertUsernameHerexx and Featured by FantasyStock )
:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you!!
Reply
:iconhailstormtheassassin:
HailstormTheAssassin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very helpful, thanks so much!! :glomp:
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you!
Reply
:iconhailstormtheassassin:
HailstormTheAssassin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np! :aww:
Reply
:iconmackieg13:
mackieG13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no chamois, so could I use model rocket tissue? (It's to ignite it)
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I'm afraid I'm not too familiar with it but perhaps you can try :XD:
Reply
:iconmackieg13:
mackieG13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, let's have science combine with art!
Reply
:iconmoosewingz:
moosewingz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is amazing - I've been wanting to find a good way to use charcoal for ages! :hug:
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I'm SO glad it serves useful to you! :hug:
Reply
:iconmoosewingz:
moosewingz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! Thank you! :hug:
Reply
:iconkrazzyeditz:
KrazzyEditz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
OMG why dont you post your work on dA?
and how do you sharpen a charcoal pencil? I heard you need some like sand paper and what not..
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
:? i do lol.
Youtube has some videos on that. :)
Reply
:iconkrazzyeditz:
KrazzyEditz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Weres all your like charcoal stuff. Its not in your gallery?
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
It's in the traditional folder. :)
Reply
:iconkrazzyeditz:
KrazzyEditz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
I knew that... shheeeshh
Reply
:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
:iconnewyearplz: Happy 2011!!1!!1!!
Congratulations on your Daily Deviation!! :XD: As a result, you've been featured in December 2010 Resources DDs.
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
You make me feel so honored :huggle: ^O^!!!! Thank you!
Reply
:iconfantasystock:
FantasyStock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
:hug:
Reply
:icontamsospadaras:
TamsosPadaras Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Wow... this is really amazing O.O
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Thank you so much! :huggle:
Reply
:iconstraw-hat:
straw-hat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you by chance a student at the Academy of Art University? I can recognize these sort of assignments from analysis of form and beginning figure drawing... :)
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Yes, I was at least. I am on a break now. :)
Reply
:iconstraw-hat:
straw-hat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Me too. (Well, you probably guessed that.)
Reply
:iconsoulcathedral:
SoulCathedral Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
very helpful!!!!THANK YOU!! :)
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
You are very welcome! :)
Reply
:iconartisticatrocity:
ArtisticAtrocity Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial, thank you!

I think I'm going to take out my charcoals... it's been years since I last touched them, I was never brave enough to try again ahahha
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Do it, yes! :D It's funny, after this tutorial, I stopped using charcoal .. lol shame on me.
Reply
:iconyellowcrayolacrayon:
yellowcrayolacrayon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Ooooh, I can tell this is going to be useful... And thanks as well for the words of encouragement! Nothin' like a little extra kick to get the motivation juices flowing~
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Exactly! You're welcome! :D :huggle: Good luck with your future works~
Reply
:iconyellowcrayolacrayon:
yellowcrayolacrayon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Haha! Thanks~ :D
Reply
:iconame-demo-nai:
ame-demo-nai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
wow this is amazing!
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Thank you! :D!!
Reply
:iconame-demo-nai:
ame-demo-nai Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
you're welcome!
Reply
:iconandrewweller:
AndrewWeller Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
wow thanks you are the best
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
I try :XD: lol :huggle:
Reply
:iconmeeka-lakota:
Meeka-Lakota Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thank-you for the tutorial!!!!!!
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
You're welcome! I hope it's useful for you! :D
Reply
:iconindigoshoelaces:
IndigoShoelaces Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Great tutorial! I love charcoal, I work more subtractively than additively though ^-^
Even though it gets charcoal everywhere o___o
If you really like charcoal there is an eraser you should look into getting. It's the tuff stuff tube eraser, its very fine and helps pull out little details and fine lines. Great for charcoal users.
Also, using a mirror to reflect your drawing back to you is a good way to help see where things need to go too, since it helps to look at it in a new way.

Random tidbits haha. I adore charcoal...and pastel...and paint. All the messy stuff haha. Excellent tutorial! Thank you for posting ^-^
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Oh cool! I'll have to look into that eraser for school once I start it next year again.
Yeah, my teacher told me the mirror thing. I just upload it to my computer and mirror it. It's faster and I can always compare the original image, mirrored image, and reference together that way :XD:

Ah, i'm a geek rofl

Thanks for taking the time to comment :)
Reply
:iconthaliademuse:
ThaliaDemuse Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
This is very useful, thanks!
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
You are so welcome! It's great to hear you find it useful!
Reply
:iconwoodleydo:
WoodleyDo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the extra tips at the end :) I'm going to try and remember to pass those onto someone I know who's just started working with charcoals again after a long break.
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Awesome! I hope it serves helpful! :D!:huggle: Thanks for viewing!
Reply
:iconthe-fishy-one:
The-fishy-one Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

Still, I don't understand what's the cardboard for. :-?
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
You're welcome! It's a board, not cardboard :XD:. You put it behind your paper on the easel so your paper is not flimsy :D
Reply
:iconthe-fishy-one:
The-fishy-one Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Oooh! Looks like cardboard, lol. :XD:

Anyway, yeah, I always use a board since I don't have an easel.
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Really? o.o I love my easel, it would be so messy for me without one :XD:
Reply
:iconthe-fishy-one:
The-fishy-one Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Student General Artist
Heh, I'll buy one though, in the near future. :D My thighs hurt from that board, since it's large, and its 1-1.5 centimeters thick.
Reply
:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
:o yeah! Save up. And if you live by Hobby Lobby, print off a 40% of coupon then buy it! It's super cheap that way!
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×
Download PNG 700 × 5692




Details

Submitted on
December 22, 2010
Image Size
1.2 MB
Resolution
700×5692
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
21,447 (1 today)
Favourites
397 (who?)
Comments
79
Downloads
231
×