Charcoal Drawing Materials/Supplies for Realism Realistic Pencil Drawings

In this video I show you what materials I have been using to do my realistic charcoal drawings.

Here is a list of everything mentioned in the video:

General’s Charcoal Pencil Drawing Kit No. 15
General’s Jumbo Compressed Charcoal
Charcoal Dust
Pencil Extender
2H Graphite Pencil
Paper Mate TUFF STUFF Easer Stick
Tomboy MONO ZERO Eraser
Paper Blending Stumps
Cotton Wool Buds
Soft Brushes
Small knife/Blade
Air Blower
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Paper Vellum Surface
Baby Wipes
Winsor & Newton Professional Fixative

I have made the items I use available in my Amazon Art Supplies shop at no extra cost!

There are times where I have used other items but this is what i have been using for all the charcoal drawings you have seen me do so far. I do have intentions of starting to take my charcoal drawings in a slightly different direction so you will likely see me start using other things in the coming months. But I will also make more videos as time goes on. I’m also going to be doing a few tutorial videos on how I use them in the coming weeks as there seems to be some interest in them and want to do my own take on all the other videos out there which haven’t really pointed me in the right direction. The tutorials won’t be aimed at doing “photo-realistic” drawings but more just how to achieve a realism effect. I respect and appreciate photo-realism but feel it can be lifeless, lack emotion and value. I might do a more in-depth video explaining my views and opinions. This is also one of the reasons why i want to take my work in a slightly different direction and why you don’t see me pumping out new drawings every week. I want to use more classical methods of drawing and create ART that has value.

Spider Skull Charcoal Realism Drawing

This is a time lapse video of a Spider skull drawing i did in charcoal. I also did a breief commentary over the top to help give you better understanding of how it came together and also some tips. Think the voice over makes the time lapse videos a bit more interesting and maybe you’ll pick up on something you wouldn’t of thought of if you had just watched the video. I also know sometimes think just watching a time lapse can get a little boring and do sometimes skip through them myself, i think the voice over helps towards providing better more and engaging content.

spide skull border watermark

FW Acrylic Ink Tattoo Flash Watercolour Illustration Tutorial

Here I show you how i like to incorporate FW acrylics into my paintings. They work really well as a base coat as they are bold and water resistant. I also show you a really cool technique you can apply to your paintings.

I love painting skulls using this method. The full range of colours and materials i used to paint the skull are listed below also some of my favourite colours:

Winsor & Newton Black Indian Ink
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Artists Ink Flame Red
Eocline Deep Yellow
Ecoline Red Violet
Daler Rowney Langton Prestige 140lb Watercolour Paper (Not) Cold Press
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker Black
Faber-Castell PITT artist Pen Black (size M)

These Paints and Materials are available through my Amazon Art Supplies Shop It won’t cost you an extra penny and by ordering your art supplies from there you help support what I’m doing, Thanks!

How I Paint Faces/Skin Tones Watercolour Inks Tattoo Flash Illustration

Hey, I put together a little tutorial on how i go about painting faces and skin tones.

Here is there finished result:

Painting faces Website

I decide to name her Lucy, a lost soul gazing into what the future my might have in store for her.

Here is a list of all the colours i used:

Winsor & Newton black indian ink
Dr.Ph.Martin’s Saddle Brown 13a
Dr.Ph.Martin’s Mahogany 27b
Dr.Ph.Martin’s April Green 23b
Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black 14a
Dr.Ph.Martin’s True Blue 9a
Dr.Ph.Martin’s Amber Yellow 16b
Dr.Ph.Martin’s Moss Rose 7a
Ecoline donkere Oker

I think faces are my favourite thing to paint, love creating moods and drawing people. I find them so interesting and easy to relate to. I would normally add a background to the painting as i feel it looks a little lost with nothing behind it, but I wanted to keep it simple and keep to the point of just painting faces. I use the exact same technique for painting any other body parts such as hands or a torso.

I learned about the colours saddle brown and mahogany from a tattooist named Gary Dunn his name on instagram is @daggerface. He Does really cool stuff and awesome paintings, worth checking out if you like this style of stuff. There is other colours I like to use but i think these work for some what of a ‘natural’ look. I’ll save those colours for another video on dead people and zombies, they are always fun to draw and paint.

I also filmed a time-lapse of the painting so you can see the full process. It is a little fast passed but  I think if I did it any longer you would lose attention and may become a little boring to watch all the way through.


Wirral’s Arts and Mind festival

My piece “Can You Feel?” is on display at Williamson Art Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead for the Arts and Minds festival until 19th October. Today had quite a lot going on including live music, poetry and many groups working with mental health. The Art exhibition for the Arts and Mind festival is only small but has some interesting pieces and was i happy to participate as i think my art fits the theme quite well, i didn’t realise that what i wrote in my application form would be presented at the side of my work. If i knew this i would of wrote something different explaining my piece.



Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival

Launch of the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2014. My piece “Trapped” is at Warrington Museum & Art Galley along side a great variety of work until 1st November. It was a nice surprise to see it at the side of Anthony Barrow’s work, one year ago i attended some of his mixed media classes and actually did my first charcoal drawing in one of them. See more of his work at he’s also a nice character to be around. If you’re in the area have a look at everything else that is going on around Warrington during the arts festival.