OCAD Studio: Charcoal Portrait Part 7

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

In this session we will finish off the background using a variety of tools and finally reinforce the dark accents and highlights,

  • You can smooth out and smudge the background using a variety of tools, paper towel, sponges and brushes are all great.
  • Try to work in layers – smoothing out with a brush or sponge before laying tone back over with the charcoal.
  • Finally, you can clean up your highlights with the kneadable eraser and enhance the accents with your charcoal.
  • Then it’s finished!


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

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