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CLIP 10009

Drawing using charcoal, graphite and pencil

Drawing using charcoal, graphite and pencil

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Key Info
  • Drawing using charcoal, graphite and pencil
  • Duration: 02:29
  • Artist and illustrator Peter Field demonstrates the use of charcoal, graphite and retractable pencils for drawing. He shows how charcoal can be used for creating a quick, dramatic sketch, which can be smudged with the back of a hand, finger tip or shaper tools. He emphasises charcoal's quality as an expressive medium with a good range of light to dark. Compressed charcoal and graphite are also featured, showing how they can produce darker tones and thicker lines, with areas of shade filled in much more quickly. Finally, these materials are contrasted with the use of a retractable pencil for very detailed, fine work.
  • Subject:

    Art and Design



  • Keywords: drawing, pencil, charcoal, graphite, tone, line, shade, artist, illustrator, Peter Field
Ideas for use in class
  • To introduce the use of charcoal and graphite for tonal drawing. Can be used in conjunction with other clips in the Bitesize Drawing series: 9992, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10008. Also suitable for younger students. Further revision support materials can be found on the Bitesize website -
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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