Black is BACK - by Robert Dutton
Flexibility Across the RangeOn a personal basis, that comeback is really welcome! Nitram Charcoal is essential to my creativity - no other Charcoal even comes close or is more varied. With Nitram Charcoal ranging from 'soft' to harder 'H' harder grades, (think grades of pencils and you get the idea), the unique range of top quality Nitram Charcoal offers the artist so much creative flexibility.
Perfect ProductionI've never come across a Nitram Charcoal stick yet in any box ever that has had signs of any impurities, grittiness or any other flaw to be irritating or a frustration with as I work. The smooth velvety quality of Nitram Charcoal is all thanks to that rock solid oven that was saved and back in action - like the Phoenix for the ashes.
Besides the standard smaller sticks in the Nitram Charcoal range I like the big stuff! The larger soft Nitram Charcoal sticks (both round and rectangular) help me to be really expressive when drawing and painting - particularly on a large scale. By holding the larger charcoal sticks right at the end when drawing, this creates a more looser gestural mark making approach with both wrist and arm movements. Applying different pressure with the Charcoal both light and deep velvety darks are created.
I use fixative a lot when working with Nitram Charcoal (as I do with my pastel work too) either from an aerosol can or in liquid form to build sumptuous layers of tones and textures in my drawings and mixed media 'colour tinted' paintings. The effects created with both types of fixative within such expressive paintings and drawings and are amazingly addictive.
By using all sorts of different grades and sizes of Nitram Charcoal in combination with different paper surfaces that suit your style, the possibilities for creative exploration and reward are endless. Once you pick up a Nitram Charcoal stick and start working with it you won't want to put it down - I guarantee it!