Working with vine charcoal and charcoal pencil is my favorite way of working to capture a personality in a particular moment. Line and tone capture light and shadow which in turn describe form. With proper attention to the details a personality emerges from the paper.
I love the purity of a monochromatic drawing. The simplest of materials can capture the essence of a subject in the same way that black and white photos seemingly look deeper into the soul of a person or place than a color snapshot. Charcoal on paper is my favorite technique, but I also enjoy experimenting with tools and processes.