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Digital Painting in Photoshop by Susan Ruddick Bloom

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CHAPTER 3

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Charcoal Drawings in Photoshop

Fig. 3-1 New England Cove.

Brief History of Charcoal

Charcoal drawings have been produced since early humans used burned twigs to draw on cave walls. It was and continues to be a great tool for making an expressive mark. Artists today continue in that tradition using real charcoal, compressed charcoal in pencils, and various conte pencils and chalks.

Some charcoal is derived from burned hardwood. Another type, frequently called vine charcoal, is made from tree twigs, like the willow. Bamboo is yet another source, used in the traditional Japanese Sumi-e. Modern charcoal production for art materials uses ...

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