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cillian murphy wip 4 by disdaindespair cillian murphy wip 4 by disdaindespair
:headache: I think I'm starting to regret I chose this picture haha.. It's very frustrating actually. I have such a long way to go.

Cillian Murphy with charcoal pencils and so far 10 hours.

-- Meks
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miraxterrik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Oh, wow, really, I cant stare enough at his hand, it's so beautiful. I love the smoothness of charcoal. Never tried drawing with it - is it more difficult than with graphite? Maybe I should try it. It has a very nice hue.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are too sweet, thank you!

It's a little different from graphite. It takes some getting use to. It actually feels different than graphite. I don't even know how to explain it? It feels like you're scratching your paper and it makes this annoying squeaky noise haha.. I love it though. I can't imagine ever drawing with just graphite any more. I really hated the shiny, glare graphite gives off and that's why I chose to pick up charcoal. It's really, really dark-- I did zero touch-ups so that black hair is actually that dark in person. It takes a little more blending than graphite, but it's so much easier to blend as well because it's so soft. But since it's so soft it's hard to do fine lines-- I had to keep sharpening it to a point to get the random stray hair strands on the sides of his head. I'd recommend you giving it a try because it's worth it.

Oh, I did finish it if you want to take a gander at it and let me know how you feel about it, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you! [link]
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miraxterrik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
And you use something to blend it, or blend the different pencils (HB, etc) together? Sorry if it's a stupid question:)
Yes, it's darker, but it is also softer and matte - i dont like the shine of graphite either.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, no, not a stupid question at all haha.. I like to blend with tortillons and q-tips actually. You can blend basically with anything because it's such a soft medium. People have used felt, chamois, and other fabrics and it will give a different texture with whatever you use so experiment with it.

Usually I just use one grade when it comes to charcoal because it is so dark and the grades don't really change in darkness much like graphite does-- it just gets softer and softer as the grades go up and that's why I like using the HB grade in charcoal because it's still dark but the lead isn't too soft where I can't make any lines.

If you would like a peek at my technique I have one tutorial up and it's just on teeth, but you can see how and what I use to blend my charcoal. I tried to be as thorough as I can. :D --> [link]
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miraxterrik Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Oh, thank yu so much for the tips for blending.

This whole picture was then drawn by only one pencil (a HB)? It has so many different shades...
In graphite I mostly use B grades, because HB is not dark and "strong" enough, i dont like the dull lines it leaves on the paper.

Oh, and thank you for the tooth tutorial, it was very useful, I guess it helped me to understand a few things about charcoal:)
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. I love sharing my tips and techniques and I like learning other people's techniques as well. Yes, the whole drawing was done only in the HB grade and that's it. I used my 0.3 2H mechanical pencil to do the lineart outline and that's it, everything else I used one charcoal pencil in HB. Charcoal is so soft it's able to do that compared to graphite. I say charcoal requires more layering and graphite requires more blending. I believe that's a huge difference-- the more charcoal you layer the darker it gets. With graphite you just go to a softer grade (B's) to get it darker or harder grades to get it lighter (H's) without the layering.

I honestly recommend you giving charcoal a chance. It takes some time to get used to because you will learn quickly that it's not the same as graphite. Once you get the hang of it, it's very rewarding. I also hope that the teeth tutorial will serve some purpose for you in the near future! You can also apply those same techniques with graphite. :D
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miraxterrik Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Oh, then charcoal is really the thing for me! I dont really like blending, while it always irritates me that I cannot layer more with graphite.
Thanks for the tips!
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant to say charcoal requires more layering and graphite requires more SHADING. I'm sorry for the typo-- I've been awake for way too long. Charcoal require just as much blending.
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blackrose81 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I cannot wait for this piece to be completed. Hang in there, you can definitely do it.
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I have no choice but to finish it now.. I'm at the point of no return haha..
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