Charcoal Drawings​

The drama, beauty, and intensity of charcoal drawings

The mood of a charcoal drawing is immediately very dramatic, and holds a sense of mystery and power. The contrast of light and darkness helps to tell different stories. For example, if I draw objects or people, they are usually engulfed in darkness which tells the viewer that the situation is serious. If I want the mood to be lighter, I will draw in more light and keep larger parts of nude white paper.

I love the beauty and intensity of of it. Drawing with charcoal is a delicate process, requiring a lot of focus. You have to be deliberate about how you move the irregular charcoal sticks, otherwise the drawing will turn out messy and unclear. I use a variety of techniques from loose to detailed, depending on what kind of mood I want the drawing to convey.