OCAD Studio: Chalk and Charcoal Portrait Drawing Part 4

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 adding white chalk highlights to the brightest parts of the drawing and doing a final pass over to correct edges and details.

  • Begin this final session by using sharpened white chalk to add in highlights to the brightest parts of the face an props.
  • I made the metallic rim of his glasses a very bright white and used a slightly less strong application of white to lighten the highlights on the front of the face.
  • Then you can spend some time refining the forms in the face.
  • Use a hard piece of finely pointed charcoal and your kneadable eraser to even out the patchier tones.
  • You can also add some more subtle transitions and the smallest forms.
  • These will be barely perceptible from farther away but they will lend the piece or more delicat quality.
  • That’s it! Make sure you fix your drawing with fixative or hairspray to protect it.


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

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