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: Charcoal - getting the darks darker.


bananaman
04-10-2012, 12:13 PM
I tend to use willow charcoal, but find it difficult to get the darks really dark, even with fixative. I have some compressed charcoal pencils, but like being able to manipulate the values of vine charcoal. I was wondering if anybody has tried nitram fussains (http://www.artgraphica.net/charcoal/fusains-nitram-charcoal.html) or even the black pan pastels to get deeper darks, or perhaps there's some other means of achieving this?