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ART MATERIALS LIST
HBCharcoal Pencil(for fine lines)
White charcoal pencil
SeveralWillow charcoal sticks preferably 6mm and 9mm in diameter
Automatic or click eraseror normalplastic eraserandcraft knifeto cut into a thin slither
or chisel shape
Putty Eraser (or kneaded eraser)
Pencil Sharpenerto sharpen the charcoal pencils (optional extra; you could considerbuying a special charcoal or pastel pencil sharpener.)
Medium to coarse sandpaper 80 grit (to prepare your willow charcoal)
Special Paper:Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper– light grey; suggest Flannel Gray(colour 122)
Soft, cleanwater colour brush(I recommend the 3/4" size) or a new and clean make-upbrush for gently removing eraser particles
Can offixativeis optional to spray your charcoal drawing afterwards
Non-greasy baking paper to place under your hand while you work and protect the imagefrom smudging. This is optional but recommended.
Glassine sheets (special paper purchased from an art supply store which prevent yourwork from smudging.) This is optional.
INTRODUCTION TO CHARCOAL
Charcoal has been used in various forms by artists for centuries and is one of the oldest drawingmaterials.The Charcoal that artists use these days is made from willow, a plant that grows in long rods upto seven feet high. Willow is grown in plantations and harvested every year in winter. Thewillow is cut into long lengths, bundled up and boiled in water. It is cleaned, dried in open airthen sawn to the right length before being placed in metal boxes, filled with sand and lids placedon. The sticks are then fired at a very high temperature in a kiln for several hours before beingleft to cool. The entire process takes about three days. Finally the sticks are packaged and sentoff to stores.
WILLOW CHARCOAL AND CHARCOAL PENCILS
During this lesson we will be using charcoal that has been prepared by the manufacturer in twodifferent ways; willow charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils. Charcoal pencils are quite difficult toerase. We will mostly be using these for fine details or after an initial under-drawing with thewillow charcoal stick.