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Stillman and Birn Epsilon sketchbook with Derwent Charcoal pencil, portrait

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Sketch, charcoal pencil in Stillman and Birn Epsilon sketchbook
I do like drawing in charcoal - I know it's messy, particularly if you use your fingers a lot to smudge out those soft greys as I do, but it's lovely to use :>)  and hands (and faces if you brush your hair back with charcoal covered hands) are washable.

This is the Stillman and Birn Epsilon sketchbook that I grabbed quickly.  It has a smooth plate finish so I wasn't sure how it would work with the charcoal pencil - but the light and subject just cried out for charcoal.  They worked beautifully together.   The paper is heavy and though smooth, gripped the charcoal with no problems.

I hadn't gone through the book folding the pages flat (starting from the centre) - I should have, because then the book lies totally flat and I would't have had that central gutter.

The Derwent Charcoal pencil is lovely to use, giving dense velvety blacks but smudging to soft smoky greys or giving crisp dark line as needed…