This picture took me about two hours: half an hour to draw the sketch underneath, then only an hour and a half of actual charcoaling. But that's really fast for me; I've just dran him a lot. I love charcoal the most. I have tried other mediums, and nothing clicked for me the way charcoal did. I used to use watercolour pencils but I am so out of practice. Recently I've been painting with nail polish, but charcoaling is my favourite. I am glad you like it! It is so easy to use and very forgiving and you can make progress quickly. Have fun and keep at it!
Thanks for the info. I know what you mean about forgiving, you can just go over and over it if you keep making mistakes. Also, my art class this year is charcoal, so i don't really have a choice about keeping at it, but i would anyway. Thanks again