Detailed Portrait Drawing in Charcoal

Despite the simplicity of the medium, charcoal portrait drawings can be delicate and luminous.

This 4 hour course will show you how to create a refined and realistic portrait in charcoal by starting simple and adding complexity gradually.

What’s included:

  • An HD recording of the entire workshop (Over 4 hours in total)
  • Reference image

What you’ll learn

  • You will learn how to use sharpened charcoal and a kneadable eraser to create an extremely detailed portrait

  • Learn how to work with the point of charcoal. This method is slower than conventional approaches to charcoal, but makes it easier to control forms and tones.

  • Starting from a simple but accurate block-in, you will learn how to add detail gradually, ensuring that the underlying major structures remain in place throughout the process and impart a sense of believable solidity to the finished drawing.

This course will help you to...

  • Create more realistic and detailed drawings.

  •  Enhance the sense of luminosity in your drawings.

  •  Expand your repertoire with charcoal - working with the point of charcoal can work really well with other techniques.

Extra Support

A great way to get additional support while working through this Portrait Drawing Course is to book in some 1-1 mentorship sessions. You will be able to ask questions directly and I will be able to give you feedback about how to improve your painting.

Sessions are held online via Skype/Zoom/Hangouts so you can get support from anywhere in the world.

Find out more about mentorship.