For these sketches, I used both vine charcoal and Wolffs carbon pencil. Vine charcoal produces a delicate mark, easily erased with a chamois or finger. It's nice for the lay-in of a drawing or painting where correction is often required. With a vine charcoal lay-in you can make major changes without leaving dark lines behind.
Once the lay-in is working, I finish my drawings with Wolffs carbon pencils. This was the drawing medium of choice when I studied at Watts Atelier. Carbon pencils produce a finer, more permanent mark, in contrast to the coarser, fragile mark of vine charcoal...an effective combination of drawing materials.
|Rachel 18x12" Wolffs carbon pencil on newsprint|
|Sabrina 18x12" Wolffs carbon pencil on newsprint|
This final drawing was executed entirely in vine charcoal. A very different result from carbon pencil. If you like this more expressive medium, carry fixative. Use it occasionally during drawing to stabilize the layers and restore tooth.
|Rosa 14x14", Vine charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper|