Article by Llewellyn Matthews
Introduction/History (Why we love it)
It's been a productive summer for the Aristides Atelier students: there have been workshops with Michael Grimaldi and Jordan Sokol, trips to Paris and tours in California, hikes in the Hoh Rainforest , assisting ceramic artists, and everything in-between. With renewed energy, we are delighted to return to our studies and welcome our new classmates into the fold.
A year after beginning my first charcoal drawing, I’ve been inspired to write a series of articles on charcoal rendering for students who are looking for some concrete answers to help them get started.
Rendering is the second stage in the drawing process, after the block-in has been completed, during which the artist uses value to describe form. Creating a finely rendered drawing in charcoal requires high quality materials and finely honed technique.
Paper is the support on which a charcoal drawing is made. There are numerous brands of charcoal paper available, but many are too delicate (and too expensive!) to be very helpful to the beginning student. Each type of paper has its own personality, with pros and cons.