This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
There could be no better practice for the student who would become familiar with the technique of charcoal drawing than, first, to copy such an example as that of the head by Mr. Leon Olivie given herewith - but enlarging it to double the size shown - and afterward to make a drawing from life, following an approximate effect of light and shade, applying to his own interpretation of his subject the knowledge thus gained of the preliminary study. Few mediums of artistic expression are more worthy of the consideration of the student than that of charcoal; it is so easily manipulated and admits of such agreeable variety in texture and values. In France it is so greatly appreciated that there are artists there who have become known as "fusainists," in the same sense that those confining their practice to water-colours are termed "aquarellists." But it is not only specialists who employ charcoal with striking success, for painters of reputation return to its use with an enthusiasm that ripe knowledge of its possibilities can only tend to strengthen. We hope to give frequently examples of this medium, and to indicate especially its delightful possibilities for landscape work.
Charcoal Portrait Study: Mr. Henry Bacon. By Leon Olivie.