In this post, I'm going to be discussing charcoal and carbon and helping you decide which one you'd rather use to get black shades in your drawings.
Why Use Charcoal
Charcoal is very soft. Because of this, it spreads easily and can used to fill in areas solidly super quick. Carbon, on the other hand is very slow and requires many layers to fill something in as solidly as charcoal.
Why Use Carbon
Charcoal's softness and spreadability also makes it so that it smears very easily. Compressed charcoal also has no wood casing, so your fingers are always touching the charcoal itself, which means your fingers would get stained. Carbon is slightly harder and the pencils have a wood casing, so your fingers aren't actually making contact with the carbon itself.
If you like things fast and don't mind things a bit messy, use charcoal. If you hate mess, but don't mind going over something many times to get something filled in solidly, use carbon.
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