Drawing a Moody Chalk + Charcoal Landscape – Part 4

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.

In this final session, we will be using hard charcoal and white chalk to finish off the piece and enhance the luminosity in the scene.

  • Use a hard piece of charcoal to add the finest branches and suggestions of leaves.
  • It will need to be kept sharp enough that these fine lines and transitions are possible.
  • You can also use the kneadable eraser rolled to a fine point to remove fine highlights on the branches and create better sense of separation between the foreground and background elements.
  • Finally, you can use a sharpened white pencil to add in the brightest glows within the sky.
  • This should create a better sense of atmosphere and luminosity.

The materials you will need are:

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