Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere

Online course Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere by Sarah Stokes

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Who is it for?

This course is for illustrators and anybody who would like to enhance their illustrations or portraits by learning and experimenting with different charcoal techniques.

What you need

Some experience in portraiture will be useful but is not obligatory. Sarah begins this course with the absolute basics.

As for materials, you will need willow charcoal sticks, charcoal powder (optional), compressed charcoal sticks, a 6B pencil, some erasers, an electric eraser (optional), white charcoal or a white gel pen, acetone with a spray bottle, an old stiff brush for blending, cotton buds, a small blending stump, a craft knife, a sanding block to sharpen charcoal pencils, spare paper to prevent smudging, fixing spray, a ruler, a pencil, Strathmore paper or a line and washboard, a printer, photo paper, cardboard to make a home-made L frame, and a few large soft brushes (either makeup or watercolor brushes)

Course overview
22 Lessons (4h 2m)
25 downloads (16 files)
12 exercises
Course Final Project
U1: Introduction
About Me
Influences
What We Will Do in This Course
U2: Materials, Tone and How to Draw an Eye in Charcoal
Exploring Materials and Equipment
How to Use Your Materials 1
How to Use Your Materials 2
How to Train Your Eyes to See Tonal Values
Creating a Tonal Value Tool
Gridding and Drawing an Eye
Applying Charcoal to the Drawing
U3: Image Choices and How to Draw Our Initial Sketch onto Paper
The Essence of an Atmospheric Portrait and Where to Get Our Inspiration
Chose a Photograph and Make It Charcoal Friendly
Gridding Up the Face
U4: Applying the Charcoal
First Layers and Golden Rules for Applying Charcoal 1
First Layers and Golden Rules for Applying Charcoal 2
Blending and Reestablishing Lights and Darks 1
Blending and Reestablishing Lights and Darks 2
Render Hair and Abstract Elements 1
Render Hair and Abstract Elements 2
U5: How to Take Your Skills to the Next Level
The Importance of Composition in Drawing
Fixing and Scanning Your Work
Let’s Experiment
Final Project
  • 22 Lessons (4h 2m)
  •  25 Additional resources (16 files)
  •  Online and at your own pace
  •  Available from the app
  •  Audio: English
  •  Subtitles: EnglishSpanishPortugueseGermanItalianFrench
  •  Level: BEGINNER
  •  Unlimited access forever
  •  Certificate upon completion of the course
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