Charcoal is known as one of the oldest drawing materials, and dates back over 30,00 years. Charcoal is a form of dry medium, composed of ground organic materials. Artists use charcoal to create depth, and brilliant bold studies. Charcoal can be easy blended by a tool or simply your finger, and is a great medium for both amateurs and professional artists. At Cowling and Wilcox we supply a wide range of charcoals from leading brands such as Coates and Jakar. Shop online now.
Hard pastels are made from similar ingredients to soft pastels, yet typically contain more binder and less pigment. Whilst the colour of hard pastels may not be as intense, they do not crumble and are therefore a brilliant choice for on-the-go artists. Hard pastels allow for clean lines, and offer a nice opportunity to create dramatic marks on paper. Hard pastels are slightly more difficult to blend than soft pastels, so are therefore a good choice for architects or minimalist artists. At Cowling and WIlcox we supply hard pastels from leading brands such as Conté Carres. Shop online today.
Drawing with soft pastels is undoubtedly unique. The dry colour of the soft pastels glides onto the surface of the paper with pure pigment. Soft pastels are great to blend too, and can be done so with a tool or your finger. Since pastels can often be related to painting mediums, you can approach them with the same technique. Similarly with painting mediums, soft pastel colours can be layered with several applications to create a strong sense of depth and tone. At Cowling and Wilcox we supply a wide range of soft pastels, both individually and in sets. We stock soft pastels from leading brands, such as Royal & Langnickel and Faber-Castell. Shop online today.
Both pastels and charcoal are ideal for that immediate, hands-on approach to creating artwork. There’s nothing quite like using your finger to blend pigments together and create beautiful pieces that make fantastic use of colour and shade. Whether you’re using a wax, oil or soft pastels, charcoal or carbon pencils we’d recommend that you use a good fixative to preserve your work and ensure it lasts for as long as possible.