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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 )
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 
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?
AreteEirene Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011   Photographer
White charcoal on black paper results in a very different look. They're two distinct styles. :)
Avibroso Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I guess that's true : >
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 =)
AreteEirene Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011   Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
Green-EyedGhost Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Np =)
Kya-Kya-neko-chan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you.
AreteEirene Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011   Photographer
You're welcome :)
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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