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Draw with a charcoal sword. Sharpen your vine charcoal or charcoal pencil like an artist

Tony Luongo

First be careful and if you're a kid get your parents help.

Of course you can use a pencil sharpener, artists use pencil sharpeners, but that's no fun. Won’t it be more fun to draw with a sword of charcoal? Here is how I do it.

Hold your pencil or charcoal stick pointing away from you and with your other hand grab your blade and slowly–cutting away from you–cut a piece off. Continue to do this all around the cylinder to make a nice point. That’s it. The trick is to know how deep to cut so you don’t break the point.

Another way to sharpen a charcoal stick is to use a sandpaper block. Rub the charcoal in small circles to wear down the stick to create a fine point. The lower the anger you use the longer the point can be. Be careful not to breathing in the dust. You can save the powder and use it.

Have you done this before or do you have another technique that works great?

4 easy steps to transfer a drawing onto paper or canvas

Tony Luongo


You’ve already drawn and redrawn your picture and you’ve worked out all the problems. Now it’s time to finished it leaving all the ghost lines and eraser smudges in your sketchbook. Transfer your drawing to you final working surface to assure a clean preliminary drawing to paint or ink on. Below is an easy 4 step process to transfer your drawing.

  1. Cover back of your drawing with a dark layer of graphite.

  2. Flip over, so your drawing is right side up and place it on the surface to transfer to.

  3. Trace lines on you original drawing with a ballpoint pen.

  4. The pressure of the pen will transfer the lines you draw onto the surface below. Leaving a clean line drawing to then ink, paint or anything else.