I've always admired people who can work with charcoal well.I love the shadework,the line style,the precision and all....it's very good considering the medium. On the other hand,I've never worked with charcoal so I hope my comment makes sense to you.
Thanks for your comments! I love charcoal! It's so much faster than graphite, and it allows for a lot more freedom and it just looks more expressive ^_^ You should try it out sometime! Just be prepared to get your hands a little dirty xD
Nope! You can buy a pack of compressed charcoals for like 10 bucks I guess, and you break them into about 2cm pieces and they last quite long The vine charcoal might be a bit more expensive for the weight, but you only use those for outlining, usually.