OCAD Studio: Chalk and Charcoal Portrait Drawing Part 2

This series of lessons will walk you through the complete process for drawing a portrait in charcoal and white chalk on toned paper.

The session will be focused on getting all the major tones in place and we will start developing the forms in the face.

  • Start by laying in the darkest tones quite heavily.
  • Make sure that you don’t add any very dark tones into any areas outside the shadows at this stage.
  • Then you can lay in the backgorund tone (this will vary – sometimes it might be very light or it might be dark – it just depends on the setup).
  • Finally, you can start adding the halftones into the lighter shapes of the face.
  • It’s best to work in blocks or planes of tones for now.
  • The haltones will be darker nearer to the shadow tone.


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

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