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.


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

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