I'm trying to adopt some new ball game other artists are using- the compressed charcoal on Fusain. I have always stayed away from compressed sticks because I find it uncomfortable rubbing those sticks against a paper. I can't have that full control with them. And it's messy. But compressed charcoal has this distinct effect on the drawing that it makes your art so "painterly", not the ones that one could hardly tell a finished work from a real picture. It takes out the "artsy look".
This us supposedly Leo DiCaprio. The reference was a recent picture of his latest movie "The Wolf of Wall Street".