A variety of  beautiful forms of art from
Clyde Lyle Schroeder, of Pueblo Colorado
© Copyright 2019 Clyde Lyle Schroeder

Education

Charcoal Techniques that I Employ 

1. Selection of Paper: My preference is to use a quality paper that has a slight texture to it. Too smooth of a paper does not absorb the charcoal and too rough makes it difficult to provide good detail such as straight lines. You may need to purchase a variety of papers and experiment to find one which suites you best. 2. Selection of Charcoal:  I use charcoal pencils and charcoal sticks. I use hard and soft in each of these dependant on if I want detail and sharpness or a more soft edge and darker hues. The harder the charcoal, the more detailed the line. 3. Layout of Subject on Paper: I layout the subject or piece that I am intending to create on the paper. I prefer to use a very light layout line for the contour and also major shade areas. It is as important to lay out shadow and shade as the contour. Proportion is very important. Even the untrained eye will detect if it is not correct. This is the time to use your artistic license. Whatever subject you are using be it a model, plein air or a photo may not be exactly what you want to copy. Perhaps it is better to add, detract or adjust specific items to create a better piece. An example is to remove an electrical power line and pole on a perfect landscape scene. These are the decisions that you should make at this point prior to starting the work.  
You want to be an artist? The   world   needs   more   artists.   We want   Art   to   flourish,   in   the   world, and      people      to      be      rewarded adequately for their work.
The Artwork of Clyde Lyle Schroeder
4. Working Procedure with Charcoal:  I tend to work with charcoal on the paper from the center out and also top to bottom. This helps to eliminate unsightly  smudging of the  charcoal by the inadvertent hand  resting on a portion of your completed work. Smudges are very difficult to remove and can ruin the look of your creative piece. 5. Finishing the Charcoal: Once I have completed my charcoal, I use a quality acid free archival spray fixative to protect the charcoal for two major reasons. The first is to protect the final product from smudging. Second and nearly as important it forces me to STOP tinkering with the artwork. I have found that sometime continuing to work on your piece results in OVERWORKING and ruining the creativity of the work. Good luck on your creative process.
Learning experience is to have tried and failed. To not have tried is utter failure.                                                                             Clyde Schroeder
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world                                                                               Nelson Mandela
A Variety of beautiful forms of art from
Clyde Lyle Schroeder, of Pueblo Colorado
© 2019 Clyde Schroeder

Education

Charcoal Techniques that I

Employ 

1. Selection of Paper: My preference is to use a quality paper that has a slight texture to it. Too smooth of a paper does not absorb the charcoal and too rough makes it difficult to provide good detail such as straight lines. You may need to purchase a variety of papers and experiment to find one which suites you best. 2. Selection of Charcoal:  I use charcoal pencils and charcoal sticks. I use hard and soft in each of these dependant on if I want detail and sharpness or a more soft edge and darker hues. The harder the charcoal, the more detailed the line. 3. Layout of Subject on Paper: I layout the subject or piece that I am intending to create on the paper. I prefer to use a very light layout line for the contour and also major shade areas. It is as important to lay out shadow and shade as the contour. Proportion is very important. Even the untrained eye will detect if it is not correct. This is the time to use your artistic license. Whatever subject you are using be it a model, plein air or a photo may not be exactly what you want to copy. Perhaps it is better to add, detract or adjust specific items to create a better piece. An example is to remove an electrical power line and pole on a perfect landscape scene. These are the decisions that you should make at this point prior to starting the work.  
You want to be an artist? The    world    needs    more    artists. We   want   Art   to   flourish,   in   the world,      and      people      to      be rewarded    adequately    for    their work.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world                                                                               Nelson Mandela
Learning experience is to have tried and failed. To not have tried is utter failure.                                                                             Clyde Schroeder
4. Working Procedure with Charcoal:  I tend to work with charcoal on the paper from the center out and also top to bottom. This helps to eliminate unsightly  smudging of the  charcoal by the inadvertent hand  resting on a portion of your completed work. Smudges are very difficult to remove and can ruin the look of your creative piece.
5. Finishing the Charcoal: Once I have completed my charcoal, I use a quality acid free archival spray fixative to protect the charcoal for two major reasons. The first is to protect the final product from smudging. Second and nearly as important it forces me to STOP tinkering with the artwork. I have found that sometime continuing to work on your piece results in OVERWORKING and ruining the creativity of the work. Good luck on your creative process.