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Charcoal Reduction Tutorial by AreteEirene Charcoal Reduction Tutorial by AreteEirene
GASP! Thank you `znow-white for the DD! :glomp:

All my charcoal works can be found here: [link]

I've had a bunch of people ask me to make a tutorial on how I go about my charcoal works. So here's a write up of how I make them.

If you've still got questions or think something isn't clear enough, just let me know. I consider this a 1.0 version and I'm sure I'll hack into the file to edit it at some point. And please check for typos. I checked a bunch of times, but I'm sure I missed something here or there.

If you're interested, you can see the finished artwork here: [link]

All charcoal works in my gallery were made using this technique. I have anime fanarts, cartoon fanarts, game fanarts, animals, realistic portraits, and still lifes. I have pieces that use only charcoal and pieces that incorporate a lot of pastels as well.

The fullsized 1000 pixel wide version is on download. So click download if you want that version. :D

Some examples:
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Given 2008-09-13
Working with Charcoal is an invaluable traditional medium that will create an array of blended subtle toned shades to strong and dense contrasts. Charcoal Reduction Tutorial by `Arete-Eirene-Phile explains just one of the many ways how to draw with Charcoal for those that prefer a tactual experiance. ( Featured by znow-white )
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SilverSparrow75 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I know this has been out for a while, but I just wanted to thank you for this tutorial! I'm trying to teach myself how to draw and I just used charcoal for the first time today and I based the technique completely off of this. It helped a lot! Love 
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Avibroso Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Um...this is cool and all but wouldn't it be easier just to start with black paper?
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011   Photographer
White charcoal on black paper results in a very different look. They're two distinct styles. :)
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Avibroso Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I guess that's true : >
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Green-EyedGhost Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome technique... I stared like "O____O" on this for near 3 minutes... It's awesome =)
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011   Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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Green-EyedGhost Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Np =)
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Kya-Kya-neko-chan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you.
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   Photographer
You're welcome :)
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NoctemCathedral Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
I just recently came across this tutorial as I was looking into learning different techniques I could apply to pastel & charcoal [I just bought a couple sets of pastels and had no clue how to approach them] and I have to say this is a wonderful tutorial especially for a beginner exploring their options with the medium.
Great job :)
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! I'm so glad you found it useful. :huggle:
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mac3747 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
the goku pic in my gallery was accomplished thanks to this process :) thank you very much for posting this, altho i didnt have the colored charcoal... is that wat it is really called or should i search for like dry pastel?
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010   Photographer
Awesome! :clap:

I have a few color charcoal pencils, but mostly I use the dry pastels. They are very similar in consistency.
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Baleour Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Wow, this tutorial is amazing. I will try this when I get the time. I will have to pick up some materials you mentioned.

If I finish anything using your tutorial, I'll be sure to show you!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010   Photographer
Awesome! :D I hope you do try it out. Be forewarned that it's very messy! :lol:
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Raa-DG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
o.O...
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010   Photographer
Thanks? :giggle:
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SageMagnilliusMage Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
that guy rocks
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010   Photographer
He's one of my faves. :evillaugh:
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SageMagnilliusMage Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
really?
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010   Photographer
Yep
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centric-prometheus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. Great skills you have.
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009   Photographer
Thank you! :huggle:

I learned it in Drawing 1 at OSU. Best part of that class. :love:
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freezingpearl Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
very detail and informative. nice tutorial!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Photographer
I'm so glad you found it useful! :huggle:
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The-Smile-Giver Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very helpfull. Along with withiamwill I now know what i can use my oil pastels for :D. (that and i didn't know what to do with my charcoal pencils either >w> )
Thank you for making/uploading this. Its VERY helpful (as I already said) ^w^
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner May 24, 2009   Photographer
Thank you! :D

I've never tried this method with oil pastels (I only use dry pastels). If you try it, tell me if it works or not. :)
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The-Smile-Giver Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are more then welcome ^w^.

Will do :3.
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witchiamwill Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats freaking amazing! Now I know the meaning of the useless pastels in my room! YAY!
This is seriously helpful! =D
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009   Photographer
:lmao: I'm glad you found it interesting. I hope you do use your pastels.
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witchiamwill Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sure as hell will! :iconblushingplz: Flying Kicka Pow!
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I'm really glad I stumbled across this tutorial--I've been wanting to try this technique, but I didn't know where to start. I'll definitely keep this in mind. Thanks!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009   Photographer
I'm glad you found it useful :aww:
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome! I really like the charcoal works you have done, they're all very nice.
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009   Photographer
Thnak you! :D
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KestrelWings Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob!
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Rebel-Judd Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Featured here

[link]

Awesome tutorial
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Photographer
Aw, thank you so much! :hug:
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Rebel-Judd Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Student General Artist
[link]

I used the tutorial for a sample piece of art too.
:)
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indi-is-conan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
very cool!! grats on the DD!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008   Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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Mad-But-Happy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Congrats on the DD!! :D You deserve it!
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008   Photographer
Thank you so much! :glomp:
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indubitanter Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, this reminds me of the charcoal tutorial I made, only for subtractive methods. XD Kinda like yours, but I explain things differently, and I think I talk about light sources.

I've forgotten, but I know it was a MONSTER of a tutorial, and you couldn't see the whole thing on dA, you had to download it! XD

Awesome work though, Tina. =3
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008   Photographer
More people need to use charcoal. :D It's not as scary as they think.

I actually used the shrink function for this one, it was so long. Something like 10000 pixels at fullsize, which is on download. I can get talky sometimes. :lmao:
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indubitanter Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know! Charcoal is so relaxing and fun when you really know how to use it. =3 I wish people would use it a lot more, I don't see it on here enough. XD

OH! XD I would've, if dA didn't have a problem with the file size. I know mine was over 10000. I think. I'd have to check now. XD
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Photographer
I think dA rejects anything over 20M, so you have to shrink it down to less, unless it's a print source file and then you can use FTP for a file up to 80M. I guess it's to keep people from posting outrageously huge stuff. :lmao:
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indubitanter Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XDD Probably. I put it into PNG compression, so it's pretty big. I wonder if I saved it for web, it'll cut down the size? Ah well, won't be able to tell for a while, that's for sure. XD

Thanks, Tina.
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AreteEirene Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Photographer
You could try it as a jpeg. They're much smaller than pngs, even at the utter lowest setting for compression. :D
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indubitanter Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD I'll try that once I get my laptop back from being repaired. =D Thanks.
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