Six weeks ago I started drawing. Charcoal first, then Pastel. Here are some of my Charcoals:
ROFL! I have an OCD complex Don. I love love love your (and others actually) dreamy work but for me to do one - never. I have control issues. I did a little watercolor bird as an attempt to get back in it and it's cute but lacks a lot of detail work..drives me nuts to look at it because I did it. If somebody else would have done it I probably would love it. Its funny the styles that we adopt.Charcoal pencils??? They make those? Lol. I use them rarely, when sharp detail is needed, and actually prefer the sticks. Most of my work is done, using charcoal chunks I make from local wood: Pinon pine, Gambel Oak, and Juniper.
Our wood burning stove is so efficient we don't get chunks out of our ashes. :-( I would like to try that and it's certainly cheaper than going out and purchasing sticks!Its easy, I pick them out of the ashes left over from the woodburning stove. I don't compress them, just use them "as is". Messy! Sounds like your penchant for detail is equaled by mine for the dreamy world. One thing I am experimenting with is homemade color "paints" made from natural, local substances. The santeras over at Santa Fe do that. Stay tuned, lol.