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    Charcoal drawing - Works on paper

    Charcoal drawing is an artistic technique that uses charcoal, a stick of charcoal, to create images. It is a highly expressive and versatile technique, often used to produce high-contrast drawings. Here are some characteristics and information about charcoal drawing:

    Medium: Charcoal is made from branches of charred wood. It has a soft texture and a wide range of tonal values, from deep blacks to light greys. Charcoal can be used on its own or in combination with other mediums, such as graphite pencil or chalk.
    Contrast and texture: Charcoal drawing is characterised by marked contrasts between dark and light areas.

    Expertissim - paul colin (1892-1985). nu assis, 1928 - Charcoal Drawing

    Paul COLIN (1892-1985)Nu assis (Seated Nude), 1928.Sanguine on paper, signed and dated lower left. ...

    550 € approx.
    ... Artists use variations in pressure and blurring to create smooth transitions and expressive textures, including cross-hatching, shading and erasing.
    Fading and erasing: Fading is a technique commonly used in charcoal drawing to soften strokes and create gradations. Artists use their fingers, stamps (cylindrical sticks made of paper or felt), rags or brushes to blend the charcoal. Gumming, using a special charcoal eraser or eraser knife, can be used to create light effects by selectively removing the charcoal.
    Charcoal sensitivity: Charcoal is a fragile medium that can smudge or smear easily. It often requires fixing with a fixative to preserve the drawing and prevent the charcoal from shifting or fading.
    Medium: Charcoal drawings can be drawn on a variety of media, such as drawing paper, Canson paper, half-tone paper or watercolour paper. Some media have a rougher texture that allows the charcoal to grip better, while others offer a smoother surface for a more precise rendering.
    Expressiveness and atmosphere: Charcoal can be used to create drawings that are soft, atmospheric and evocative. It is often used to represent subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still lifes and dramatic scenes.
    Fixing and conservation: After completing a charcoal drawing, it is advisable to fix it with a spray fixative to prevent blurring and loss of material. This also protects the drawing from rubbing and fading.
    Experimenting and combining media: Artists can combine charcoal with other media, such as watercolour, ink, pastel or graphite, to achieve interesting effects and explore different artistic techniques.
    Charcoal drawing offers great freedom of expression and allows you to create drawings rich in tone and texture. 

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