Does anyone still use vine charcoal?
I purchased vine charcoal, as the local art store (Michaels) didn't have the charcoal pencils recommended on DMP website, to use for my underdrawing on my next painting. (Not confident enough to paint my underdrawing.)
And, my "real" art supply store is 20 minutes away.
So, I sketched my subject in vine charcoal. In the past I just painted over the vine charcoal without too much discoloration, as I didn't lay in too much detail. However, for some reason (therapeutically, I suppose) I became carried away this time.in the drawing.. so I know I'll need to fix the charcoal before I paint.
I'm familiar with the charcoal, it's easily erased, wipe away with a dry paper towel, but I need advice on how to proceed.
Should I use a fixative? How is the oil paint film affected, if I do fix? Or, I don't?
(I haven't photographed it yet, out of laziness, I need to charge camera battery. Cheesy camera.)
Thanks in advance for all suggestions. ;-)