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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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