Hi, thanks for all your responses!! I haven't managed to get out to try charcoal on location yet due to bad weather and sickness ( there are some nasty bugs going about ATM
) so I'm still at the same point I was before.
Bartc - Thanks for the tips, I'm going to have to try that art grid app out as I was wanting something to help me grid things out. I tried using my phone as a viewfinder instead of a standard piece of card but I found that phone cameras tend to zoom automatically, so it didn't work when I then tried to work from life. Plus, I was much more likely to drop my phone while trying to draw. Maybe I will fair better with the grid app as a way to briefly block in the scene. Having the time limit also sounds helpful, I've been averaging about 40min per sketch before my attention wanes. Adding pastels to my kit could also be a really good idea, definitely worth a shot!
Trikist - Thanks, I'll go check out their work.
Mary Klein - Have you posted any if your charcoal sketches? I'd love to see your work and what effects you have created! I'll check out the sprectafix degas fixative and see if I can find it online or in the U.K. For my initial trials I was going to use a basic one from my local art store....I'll be honest and say I normally do escort to hairspray in the past as I've only done simple sketches before!
Vhere- your works are great, I like the first one, it reminds me if the delicacy of sumi ink paintings, lovely atmosphere. I'm all for experimenting with these mediums so I'll give what you suggested a go!
Cedarita - Thankyou! monotone watercolour studies are a good suggestion and I'll keep doing those as well. I was drawn to trying charcoal just because it felt grittier and I liked the texture on the cartridge paper, which led me to wonder if many artists used charcoal for sketching on location for this effect. I'll give it a whirl but I think I'll always come back to watercolour, like you said, you can get some nice granulation textures for grittier works. When I go out next I'll just take a neutral watercolour with me as well, instead of a full colour palette and see how it goes.