I love charcoal!
Here are some results from a figure drawing session. I can't say how much I have enjoyed doing this. Drawing comics is pretty clean. My hands might get a little ink on them, but not much, and the whole goal of a comic book image is that it is going to be read, so the drawing should be pretty clear (at least in most comics). I draw these neat smooth lines with a brush on nice thick paper. But with charcoal I get to make a complete mess! Lots of dashes, quick movements, scribbles... It's great.
And thanks to my friend Erik for getting me back into this.