OCAD Studio: Chalk and Charcoal Portrait Drawing Part 3

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 refining the dark and mid halftones to find the smaller forms in the face.

  • Begin by refining / sharpening up any detail elements using a sharp piece of charcoal and the kneadable eraser rolled up to a point.
  • Then start working on the medium forms (cheeks, brows and noses etc.) .
  • Add darker tones as the form turns away from the light (making sure not to go darker than the tones established for the shadows.
  • You may need to do passes over larger areas (such as the whole cheek / side of face above).
  • This will help maintain the overall sense of the larger forms (egg shape of the head for instance).


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

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