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Jeepers, you have a careful eye. Really nice. I'll bet that would've really popped if you used charcoal.

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Jeepers, you have a careful eye. Really nice. I'll bet that would've really popped if you used charcoal.

Thanks! Yes it would. I've tried charcoal a few times lately with mixed results.  It's not as forgiving as pencil.

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Charcoal sticks can be cumbersome for details but charcoal pencils can help with that. A kneaded eraser is your friend for helping remove marks if you get too heavy. I love using blending sticks to give you that airbrush quality in gradated areas. Of course, no one says you can't use pencils and coal.

Looking at it again, you've got a great hand on the hardest part which is perspective, proportion and especially seeing light. The rest is just technique.

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Charcoal sticks can be cumbersome for details but charcoal pencils can help with that. A kneaded eraser is your friend for helping remove marks if you get too heavy. I love using blending sticks to give you that airbrush quality in gradated areas. Of course, no one says you can't use pencils and coal.

Looking at it again, you've got a great hand on the hardest part which is perspective, proportion and especially seeing light. The rest is just technique.

I've only been doing this for about 60 years.. Thanks to Jon Gnagy for the lessons on perspective..

Yes, I used charcoal pencils,too.

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6 hours ago, Phirewriter said:

Nice!! What brand(s) pencil do you use?

Thanks Michael! It's varied over the years,and this is an old one. Lately,I've been using Kimberly 2B to 6B pencils I get from Dick Blick.  The best eraser I've found is the Factis Black 18 ,that they also sell.

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Thanks, always looking to try different products. I don't do much b&w illustration but have usually used Derwent or Bryunzeel pencils when I do.

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