I have just started experimenting with charcoal. I am sure as I use it more, I will become even better but right away I feel it a successful medium for me.
There is a looseness to charcoal which lends itself to an emotional expressionism. When I do a charcoal piece, i do not use pencil first. To utilize the safety net of being able to erase is to miss the point of what charcoal has to offer.
Here are my very first tries. With the portraits i have done, there is a sort of gauze like effect. For myself, i generally work fast. Charcoal seems to want the speed of hand as to offer up more organic depth.
“Miles” 9×12 “Left Bank,Paris” 9×12