Beautiful realist study of a male life model’s face for Kassan’s art class in NYC. Sped up to replicate the actual two hour study you can see where Kassan begins with very crude dark block filling with his charcoal. He introduces finer detailing with the charcoal and then the pencil. The face quickly takes shape and you begin to admire just how good he really is. His final touches include the use of a white pencil for highlights and tints to bring out some of the key features. A pure class video on how to draw like a realist.
A unique exhibit of paintings based on childhood fairy tales, chosen and interpreted by 10 artists individually and shown in the Singapore Gallery.
The fairy tales and folklore are retold, but only using black and white and a dash of colour.
Below is the name of some of the artists and the fairy tales that they have chosen and the reason as to why they chose them
Ng Ling Tze’s very first fairy tale she ever read was the Brothers Grimm story entitled The Six Swans. For this reason she chose this story, admitting she enjoyed the tale as a child and was inspired by a sister trying to help her brothers.
Antz based his work on Journey to the West, a Chinese classical folklore tale from the 16th Century about a monkey’s pilgrimage to the West. When asked why he chose to do this story, Antz replied that it’s “a reflection of my childhood, present and maybe future.
Shawn Siow’s series of digital prints and drawings were adapted from two stories: Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz. Believing one can never grow-up, Siow chose these popular fairytales from the past . “I hope to bring childhood memories back to the viewer, he was also captivated by the tin mans search for a heart.
Xiaobaosg’s Urashima digital print is from his “Panda Revolution” series. This particular piece represents a Japanese legend about a fisherman that rescues a turtle and is allowed to visit a palace under the sea
It is a very exciting and fresh idea on the fairytales that we have come to love in our childhood. There are lessons to be learnt from the fairytales, and that is that they teach us that sometimes in life things do not always run smooth and along the way we may face challenges and tests,but if we are true to ourselves and follow the right path in life then we can also have the fairytale ending that we have all longed for after reading these magical stories. For further information on this exhibition and pieces that were shown visit Fairitizemyart.com
This artist has provided us with a time lapsed video of her drawing with the use of black and white charcoal pencils/ colored pencils a drawing of a Siberian husky. Unusually you will see how the artist has started from the features first in some detail so I’m certain they were lightly pre drawn, but then progressively works her way out to the ears and heavy fur regions with big areas of block blending.
Heavy applications of black charcoal pencil is used for the fur and is then complimented by the introduction of the white pastel pencil to add the highlights. Colored pencils have been used to add a warm touch to the eyes. A nice short art video which will leave you wanting to grab your pencils.
Sam Boeger takes on TV personality ‘Dexter’. She tapes off areas and splatters red acrylic paint to look like blood and reflect his personality as a killer. For the face, she then moves on to using black ink in her airbrush to get a life-like result. And as I’m sure you’ll agree the result certainly isn’t a bad one. Great skills.
This art video demonstration shows you how you can draw realistic calm water within a landscape using a few handy tips and tricks and some charcoal pencils. It is very quick and easy to learn when you start learning how to use the charcoal pencils and an eraser when you know what insider tips are available.
The artist in this art tutorial has already drawn in charcoals a tranquil enclose landscape which will act as the basis of the art tutorial. There are large trees, bushes and an abundance of pre drawn shrubbery surrounding the void space on the paper which will eventually become the reflective lake capturing all of its surroundings within the reflections.
So how do you draw still reflective water in charcoals without your sketch looking flat and two dimensional? This question is answered in full by this extremely well composed and educational art tutorial on how to draw with confidence and simplicity. The paper which the artist has used for this art video is Bristol Vellum paper which is manufactured by a company called Wausaw paper and is ideal for the soft charcoal pencils which are used to sketch with in this video. The charcoal pencils used are very soft and manufactured by the company Generals and come in a range of soft through to extra soft depending on how you choose to apply them.
To begin with the artist lightly sketches a series of horizontal lines using an extra soft charcoal pencil at the furthest point to the back of the lake making sure to only shade the areas where there is heavy foliage present. It is the reflections he is trying to capture so it is still very important to leave blank spaces to compliment the darker areas and essentially act as highlights adding depth to the sketch. These areas are then gently blended with an eraser or alternatively you could use a blending stump; this takes away the grainy texture left by the extra soft charcoal pencil. The next step in this charcoal drawing is to apply a much darker tone with the charcoal pencil to the areas which have just been blended and this is to imitate the dark greenery of the landscape which surrounds the edge of the lake. As a rule you will always have darker tones around the edge because that is the point of contact where the foliage meets the water. Without using this rule your charcoal sketch can look weak and lack depth which is extremely important when you are sketching rivers and lakes.
Using a pink pearl eraser the artist used its flat edge and drags the blended areas in a downward motion to achieve a consistent tone of charcoal. He realised this was a great technique for charcoal drawings whilst he was experimenting in his sketchbook and has become a very successful technique for him ever since. Once you are happy with the smeared charcoal outcome you then take the sharp clean edge of the eraser and apply thinner and shorter strokes in a downward fashion once again. Yet again this gives your drawing depth but as an added bonus also begins to make the water itself appear deeper. Going back to the back of the lake again the artist applies darker tones in a horizontal manner with his extra soft charcoal pencil to build layers on what he has already done.
With the soft charcoal again he works his way through the middle ground up to the foreground using the same technique of light horizontal patches of grey all placed strategically according to the surrounding landscapes. This is the part where you must study the rest of your charcoal sketch to see where to place those areas and can take some practice before you get more confident. The rest of the charcoal sketch is drawn by repeating these steps and is thoroughly taught to you within the art tutorial. When you have finished watching this clip you will be much more confident with dealing with the complexities which surround drawing water and will with practice become much more competent as a sketch artist. This how to draw with charcoals video is not only educational but has an outcome which is extremely professional and can be admired by artists from all levels and abilities. Feel free to leave your comments or potential suggestions at the bottom of the page and help spread the word using the social buttons on the side- it will only take a minute of your time and benefit many aspiring artists and art enthusiasts.