OCAD Studio: Charcoal Portrait Part 5

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 start refining (smoothing) the tones ready for more detail.

  • Beginning in the darker areas – you can use the kneadable eraser rolled to a point as a way to remove any patchiness.
  • This can take quite a while but it’s a great, controlled way to smooth out darker sections of a drawing.
  • You can also add more variations to the forms in the darks as you do this.
  • Once the darker areas are complete – you can start using the same approach to smooth out the lighter halftones.
  • You will also need a sharpened piece of charcoal to add tone carefully.

Materials:

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

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Portrait Part 4

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

In this session I will be laying in the major halftones in the lights

  • Work from the darker hafltones to begin with. These are the tones closest to the shadow edge.
  • That way you will preserve the luminosity in the lights and avoid over modelling the drawing.
  • Work in large flat planes of halftone as much as possible.
  • We want to develop a general impression of the form first – before adding details later.
  • You should ultimately end up with tone everywhere except the lightest areas.
  • However the tone must gradually darken towards the shadows – don’t go too dark in the lightest areas!

Materials:

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

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Portrait Part 3

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

In this session I will be developing variations in the shadows.

  • Begin by laying in a darker tone of the darkest parts of the shadow.
  • This can be laid in fairly roughly – as we will be refining it throughout the session.
  • Then once you’ve darkened the general shadow tone – you can use your easier to introduce reflected lights.
  • These reflected lights will give form to the shadows (just like halftones give form to the light areas).
  • Continue this process until you have added all the obvious variety within the shadows.
  • You will have a chance to refine things further later on in the drawing.

Materials:

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