OCAD Studio: Charcoal Portrait Part 6

This series of lessons will walk you through the complete process for drawing a detailed portrait in charcoal paper.

In this session I show you how to develop the smaller forms across the portrait.

  • Use the same approach as ‘Part 5’ – sharpened charcoal and a kneadable eraser rolled to a point.
  • Try to focus on smaller forms such as the nose, eyes, lips etc. Develop the forms by making the tones darker as they move away from the light and brighter as they turn toward it.
  • You can also start to add highlights to the hair and finer strands to begin suggesting its texture.


  • Toned paper
  • Charcoal
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Sanding Block
  • Sharpener
  • Drawing Board
  • Easel

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