© Karen Lynn Link, Dinosaur Ridge, vine charcoal on paper, 10.5” x 13”.
Most of my drawings are done in charcoal. Vine charcoal is by far one of the most flexible drawing mediums and one of my favorites. Vine charcoal’s versatility allows for changes in direction and spontaneity during the drawing process. It’s very forgiving and can be easily erased especially if a light touch is used. It moves effortlessly across the page as a contour line. Add water or gesso and it becomes a painting medium. Rich blacks are created by layering subsequent marks. This velvety nature of charcoal makes it more interesting to the eyes and creates an interesting tactile quality.