10 expert tips for charcoal drawing

Charcoal drawing is a deeply satisfying medium. It could be because they're so quick to complete, with immediate results, or that the final look is so impressive. Either way, people love charcoals. Even the great Michelangelo created a collection of charcoal drawings.

But there are certain charcoal drawing techniques you need to know before embarking on your first masterpiece. This guide takes you through some key charcoal drawing tips and tricks to help you to begin successfully. Watch the video below, and then follow the steps to success.

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Thomas Fluharty has been a professional artist for over 34 years. His work has appeared on the covers of TIME magazine and Mad magazine and many other publications. He feverishly draws every day out of his studio in Minneapolis and also teaches on Schoolism.com. For more of his art, visit thomasfluharty.com.