I have looked around again to find a place with interesting tonal variations. I think the fireplace is an ideal because the contrast between black and white and the reflected light on the painted wood and metal. I started with a few thumbnails in my sketchbook. I then tested out the charcoal on a A2 sheet of paper because I am not very confident with charcoal especially I have never handled a large area of black before. After the test piece I decided the tonal study needed to be on a A1 paper because there was not a chance I could managed all the details on a A2 paper. On the whole I am happy with the study. I like the composition and the tones but the wood frame was a bit of a mess. I simply could not draw long straight lines with charcoal. In the process of drawing I discovered not all blacks are equal. Even the black hole in the middle with different shades.