The WORST Art Supply (Is it Possible to Learn to Like It??)

  • Published on Jun 25, 2019
  • Today I'm testing out an art medium that I have tried to avoid for years now, so let's see, can I LEARN to love it?
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    Classes mentioned in video:
    Charcoal for beginners
    Charcoal pet portrait
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    Faber-Castell kneaded eraser
    Pilot eraser
    Tombow mono mechanical erasers
    Blending sticks
    Pelican charcoal
    Koh-I-Noor charcoal pencil/crayon
    Watercolor paper
    Canon 750D for recording
    iMovie for editing

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Comments • 205

  • GeeWhizz66
    GeeWhizz66 3 days ago

    I'm fairly new to your account, but you have become one of my absolute favorite artists on TVclip! I love your honest reviews and the large variety of mediums you work with. I'm also very happy to know I'm not the only person that finds art supplies yummy 🤣

  • Miryarts
    Miryarts Month ago


  • Art with Suzanne
    Art with Suzanne Month ago

    I love huskies. Your portrait looks amazing! 👌😄

  • cecilie Gisleberg
    cecilie Gisleberg 2 months ago

    You can put aluminum foil around it and then it doesn’t mess you hands up that much

  • Moocooloo
    Moocooloo 2 months ago

    This makes me want to use charcoal heheh

  • Carolyn Hill ChillacampiArt

    I signed up for skillshare! Thank you!!

  • LePetitChatNoir79
    LePetitChatNoir79 2 months ago

    Your talent is astounding, Marie!

  • Jen Goodwyn
    Jen Goodwyn 2 months ago

    Stunning!! I still don't want to use pastels or charcoal!

  • Kris Kros
    Kris Kros 2 months ago

    Keep up the good work Marie 👍

  • Rajni  Alex
    Rajni Alex 2 months ago

    grumpy cat once used charcoal he burned down a house to get it for free

  • ArtWorkOfDR / DJkittyruby

    Back when my art teacher taught us we used a Square grid and u do one square at a time it can really help not mess up any other parts of the piece

  • DeliriArt
    DeliriArt 2 months ago

    Wow, you did awesome! My charcoal art always turns out looking like mud. And I hate the way they feel...that chalky texture. Ahhh...gave myself chills just thinking about it! Lol
    Funny thing is that when I was very young, before I could ever get my hands on professional art supplies, I thought charcoal would be my thing. Nope!

  • Meghan
    Meghan 2 months ago +1

    Wow the end result is BEAUTIFUL

  • Meghan
    Meghan 2 months ago

    I CANNOT draw charcoal portraits without my trusty tissues/toilet paper and cotton ear buds. The tissue i fold a couple times and use that to smudge --- gives a much smoother blend as it is dryer than fingers. The ear buds are for blending too but on a smaller scale. sometimes i even wrap the tissue over the head of the ear bud to get a smooth, small area blend. I hope this helps!

  • ValasaFantastic
    ValasaFantastic 2 months ago

    Great job! a little study and swatching works wonders! glad your skill in another medium helped transfer over! I also love the way willow charcoal works over all others. so velvety and pleasant. However it never gets really dark so use in conjunction with other very dark charcoal! a non crumbing and kneedable erasers are vital as well! Fun video thanks!

  • Tokyo Magma
    Tokyo Magma 2 months ago

    Loved the video and seeing you work with this medium! It would be great to see another charcoal drawing in the future of your videos💙

  • JeanneGS1
    JeanneGS1 2 months ago

    I really like how your charcoal painting developed! It is gorgeous! I’ve used charcoal to do a couple of portraits of my own and my friend’s dogs. I’m not as artistically talented as you are 😄, but I think they came out pretty well. I did use toned paper to help with the background so I could use the charcoal for creating shadows and highlights. I’m with you about the messiness, and hate the feeing of the charcoal on my fingers. I did use that hand lotion that helps put a barrier layer on hands for easier washing up; but I still got all messy!

  • freya Bakke
    freya Bakke 2 months ago

    A4 or A5

  • freya Bakke
    freya Bakke 2 months ago

    Katt ir cat in swedish and valk...

  • freya Bakke
    freya Bakke 2 months ago


  • Lynxie Dove
    Lynxie Dove 2 months ago

    That is a beautiful picture of a seriously cute poochie! I really like when artists challenge themselves in working with a medium or style they don't really care for, I think that helps them really grow, more then anything else.

  • Jan Fields
    Jan Fields 2 months ago

    Wonderful job. You handled the charcoal so well. I've also used leather chamois to blend larger areas (to save my fingers) as I find it was easier for me to control than the blending stumps. It's also fun to do charcoal with spot pastel color -- sometimes color in a single focused spot can be wonderfully dramatic.

  • Caroline R.
    Caroline R. 2 months ago

    Did you use hot press or cold press watercolors paper?

  • sandrinesgallery
    sandrinesgallery 2 months ago +1

    Beautiful result in spite of the messy medium. You could try some charcoal powder and use it with a brush to spread it on your paper and keep your fingers clean(er).

  • Chelsey Austin
    Chelsey Austin 2 months ago

    Cute puppers! You did an amazing job 😍😍😍

  • ineslou123
    ineslou123 2 months ago

    Män gud jag måste försöka rita med charkoal okså XD SUper fint!! ^^

  • Jai Joy
    Jai Joy 2 months ago

    I used to use charcoal a lot. Smudging parts to add contrast is really nice. Yes, it is messy.

  • Elyonka M. Lasotová
    Elyonka M. Lasotová 2 months ago

    I like charcoal, but I didn´t use it for a while. We used to draw with it almost every time at my art school. Especially for still lifes and studies. So I had constantly black smudges all over my hands and face.XD Although more than that this black one I like more this brown one

  • CraftyKazzaH
    CraftyKazzaH 2 months ago

    like's not doing it, i need a love button! That turned out amazing! Do you like the medium now and do you think that you'll use it more often?

  • J Kuschel Art
    J Kuschel Art 2 months ago +1

    Charcoal is my favorite medium, it has such a range of intensity and blends so beautifully. Thanks for making this video!

  • The Cat Stone
    The Cat Stone 2 months ago

    The dog looks so amazing!!

  • logistica55
    logistica55 2 months ago

    This is so cute! I'd love to see you try again, one of your cats maybe? :)

  • ReptarIsStraightEdge
    ReptarIsStraightEdge 2 months ago

    So beautiful! So floof!!

  • Danielle TDG
    Danielle TDG 2 months ago

    I think it turned out fabulous!

  • caroline rose
    caroline rose 2 months ago

    I absolutely love charcoal and dry/ soft pastels, they’re some of the only mediums I use
    Considering you don’t like charcoal, you did AMAZING! You should try and use it more often!

  • Witch Bisch
    Witch Bisch 2 months ago

    Soooooo beautiful!!! 😱

  • Twilight sparkle Show
    Twilight sparkle Show 2 months ago +1

    Me: loves charcoal
    Her: hates charcoal and draws better than me with it

  • maxi kingsonice
    maxi kingsonice 2 months ago

    you did such an amazing job!!

  • Zenlily Design Studio
    Zenlily Design Studio 2 months ago

    not much of a charcoal fan either

  • Elli B
    Elli B 2 months ago

    It's gorgeous. You did a great job.

  • Leonie Ballantine
    Leonie Ballantine 2 months ago

    Always look forward to & love your videos Kat 😊

  • Millizent Noir
    Millizent Noir 2 months ago


  • Gilly Bean
    Gilly Bean 2 months ago

    It is impossible for me to like charcoal. I can't stand the way it feels and sounds when use it. Also every thing I make with it turns into a huge mess. I recently went through all of my art supplies and threw away all of the charocle I was forced to buy for classes. It took me several hours to clean all the charcoal dust off the rest of my supplies.

  • RazzelDraws
    RazzelDraws 2 months ago

    One of my annoyance is charcoal I only put up with them in my art classes but when alone at home I try to avoid them much as possible I keep them aside unless I really have to use charcoal
    I really hate the mess and after the charcoal gets on my figures it really irritates me
    Aside from my rant I really love it your doggy drawing!!
    It was much beautiful and well done then what I could've made!😂✌💛
    Edit: I forgot to mention that I really enjoyed watching this this was so satisfiying and it really got me inspired to draw my old dog spike!
    Thank you katt for inspiring me i might have another chance with charcoal!

  • Miss al ali
    Miss al ali 2 months ago


  • Gii Dal_Ri
    Gii Dal_Ri 2 months ago

    This turned out so beautiful!! Katt your art is simple awesome💖 even working with a medium you hate 😂

  • Kayla Trash King
    Kayla Trash King 2 months ago

    Amazing portrait!!!! Ahhhh

  • fuzzydragons
    fuzzydragons 2 months ago

    gloves, get some textured gloves when working with charcoal to help avoid all the mess, and a mask will help if you are really worried about the dust

    wonderful job with the fur texture, its so fluffy! :D

  • Tommy The Turtle Artis
    Tommy The Turtle Artis 2 months ago +3

    Me: sees 9 dislikes
    Me: Looks like nine people missed the like button

  • isame 00
    isame 00 2 months ago

    I love the outcome!

  • asiu19
    asiu19 2 months ago

    I am also not a really big fan because I tend to smudge my drawings in general. Though it helps when I use a charcoal in pencil form (mine is from Faber Castell and i don't remember it breaking as often as yours^^") instead of sticks and blending with a tissue paper or an blending stump. Though my worst problem is the sound that the charcoal makes on the paper, it makes my skin crawl, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard for me >.

  • Owli Sketches
    Owli Sketches 2 months ago


  • Shell L
    Shell L 2 months ago

    You've done a fantastic job on that doggy!
    Suggestion regarding the mess. Put down a large piece of newsprint paper underneath. And I keep cheap (Dollar Store) baby wipes nearby for cleaning my hands up.

  • HaleyBrooke'sArt
    HaleyBrooke'sArt 2 months ago

    I think this turned out good. If you do this again it would be cool to see you try to draw a paint or pinto horse because they have different color tones in their coat.;)

  • Shell L
    Shell L 2 months ago

    I love charcoal and feel that part of art is making a mess!
    I feel your pain with the breaking points. It's fragile stuff and breaks inside the barrel so easily.
    Don't smudge with your fingers though. Oils are bad. Q-tips, chamois, an old sock, tissues. Anything will work.

  • Lisa Marie
    Lisa Marie 2 months ago

    It's beautiful! I use to wear my fingerprints off during pastel and charcoal work in school. Lol. 😁 TFS!

  • Eliss Bell
    Eliss Bell 2 months ago

    When I use charcoal I always blend it with paper tissues :) its way easier and no so messy for you hands

  • jenniferhneway
    jenniferhneway 2 months ago

    I Love your piece more than the reference 😂

  • MaxJoG
    MaxJoG 2 months ago +1

    wow, you are *so* good at charcoal

  • TheIlwin
    TheIlwin 2 months ago

    Oooh, the drawing turned out so awesome! And considering it's basically first proper drawing with charcoal of you - wow! Hope to see more of charcoal drawings from you in the future!