When it comes to black and white drawing, no other medium is as rich and satisfying as charcoal. The velvety darks and the ability to create loose, gestural marks are what make charcoal so unique. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating the basics of drawing with charcoal.
Here’s another insightful introductory post about charcoal drawing by Paul Heaston at Craftsy. He even details the exact materials used here so you can properly follow and recreate the tutorial exercise.