Drawing a Moody Chalk + Charcoal Landscape – Part 1

In this series, we will be creating a moody tonal landscape in charcoal and chalk – it’s a really fun exercise, as we will be working from our imagination as much as from a reference.

This first session will be spent getting the basic shapes in places using a very sketchy application of the charcoal.

The materials you will need are:

  • Toned paper
  • Charcoal
  • White Chalk Pencil
  • Kneadable Eraser
  • Sanding Block
  • Sharpener
  • Drawing Board
  • Easel
  • Begin by lightly sketching in a rectangle that will form the outside boundary of your drawing.
  • This can be any shape you like.
  • Then use the charcoal in a very sketchy way to start feeling out for the shape and groupings of masses within the landscape.
  • You can also start to search for smaller details (like the droopy pines in my piece).
  • Once the basic shapes are in place, you can start to reinforce and deepen the tones by going over in gradually passes of gradients.
  • Finally, spend some time adding in some more specific details (like trees or patch or rivers etc.) to give the landscape some more unique characteristics.
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