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Old 03 March 2014   #1
What is this tool called?

http://youtu.be/NxNQTkZgEkc (around 4:20 mins in)

What is Chuck Pyle drawing with? I've noticed Glenn Vilppu using something similar. Looking in my local art supply store I couldn't find anything similar.
 
Old 03 March 2014   #2
It's just a stick of charcoal (he's using compressed charcoal, not vine charcoal). You can find it in any art supply store. Google for "art supply compressed charcoal stick" and you'll find them.

Vine charcoal is very soft and makes lighter marks, while compressed charcoal is much harder and darker. Some people do the rough sketching with vine charcoal, and then do the finished/detail bits with compressed charcoal.

Last edited by Lunatique : 03 March 2014 at 05:24 AM.
 
Old 03 March 2014   #3
Thank you! I've never drawn with charcoal so I got to try it!
 
Old 03 March 2014   #4
Charcoal is fun, messy but fun.
 
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