Charcoal is one of the oldest art mediums, having been used for cave drawings by early man. Back then, charcoal was used in the form of the end of burned sticks.
Charcoal is used much in the same way as a pencil. It's a tool for drawing, shading and blending. Charcoal sticks allow for versatility in accomplishing texture, tone and shading with ease.
Ashrad Charcoal sticks are available in various grades, allowing for free and expressive drawing. It is rich and crumbly and smudges easily. Lines can be blended easily using fingers or a putty eraser to give great depth and body.