I was working with my new Nitram artist charcoal tonight plus some Winsor Newton artist charcoal. I have figure out that the choice of paper really changes how the charcoal works. For the very soft charcoal newsprint is better, but for the harder charcoal a hot pressed soft paper is best.
After the class I had a good talk with Jamie about the best subject for improving drawing, well that was the beginning question, but our conversation really hit on a lot of great topics and ideas that I need to think about. Most importantly is the balance between choosing subject matter solely for skill improvement or choosing for excitement or message. This is one that I will be thinking about for a while.
The sensitivity of value and line here in just 3 minutes is amazing.