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.
In this video the artist discusses with you the range of different utensils available on the market which are needed to work at a basic fundamental level for charcoal drawings.
He discusses the range and diversity of charcoal pencils and delivers a brief summary on each of them weighing up their pros and cons, for example the sizes and their different weight and density criteria are played off against one another. He briefly talks about pencils and their graphite qualities and compares them to the charcoal pencils by discussing how they are easy to sharpen and sometimes better for outlining and early stages of finer detailing.
Next is the highlight charcoals which as you can imagine are a white charcoal composite and work directly even jet black areas of charcoal. These are relentless and great for adding body to your work so I would suggest these are a must for anybody getting in the game of charcoals.
To finish with comes the accessories low down where the blending stump, comprised of extremely tight wound cotton which is used as the name suggests only really for blending. It is better than your finger because it does not contain all those oils and grease which naturally occur on almost all hands. And finally but by no means least is your best mate the eraser, personally I would steer towards the kneaded one as it can be moulded to your desired shape to get some very fine removal of charcoal, not to mention it doesn’t leave shavings or residue.
Well hopefully this helps you on your path to being a charcoal artist, so sit back and learn the basics.
Renowned for his loose and direct paint and brush application, fine artist David Shevlino delivers a wonderful art tutorial here where he creates a life oils portrait of his son. His paint is put to the canvas in a quick and deliberate manner which at first almost suggests he is in a rush, this however is a deliberate technique which allows him to build undertones before going on to further detail and intricacies.
Shevlino mentions the importance of a good directional natural light source when taking on portraiture so in this particular painting he has used balanced daylight photo lamps as his source of consistent light. With this you can achieve a strong sense of contrasting light and dark tones and shadowing.
The oil painting used the colors burnt sienna, orange, white and darker hues like ultramarine for the darker areas. The painting was created over a 2 day period so he used a poppy seed oil medium to keep the oil paints wet and manipulable for the second day. His style is very unique and I personally love his work. I hope you enjoy.
In this video tutorial the artist Chris Legaspi demonstrates how to draw the limbs in three different examples using charcoal. It is a gestural drawing video aimed at the intermediate to advanced artist showing how to locate the main shapes which make up the human body ie the limbs and torso. The artist narrates over the top and teaches how to select which outlines to emphasise to create a solid 3D form. Charcoal is very versatile so don’t be too reserved or scared to be bold with your application. A nice video to learn from.
This video art tutorial shows you how in quite a short space of time you can draw calm sea waves in charcoals. It is definitely geared towards the beginner to intermediate artist but I actually learned a few ideas from this video myself.
Using fine willow charcoal the artist begins by applying a series of quick horizontal lines in a variety of lengths with longer ones at the front and the shorter ones receding to the background and gives the illusion of perspective. When using charcoals contrast is key to establishing a realistic picture so with respect to the waves it is essential to get the darker values and tones in your foreground and as you can imagine a gradual grading of mid tones working their way to the distance.
The introduction of a blending stump is used to smooth the harsh rugged lines left by the charcoal and is complimented by a compressed charcoal pencil which is used to further create even more dark values to the larger foreground waves. The white charcoal pencil is appropriate to add finer detailing to the tips of the waves offering highlighting capabilities which gives them form and a heightened state of realism. You can’t go far wrong with following this tutorial and as I’m sure you would agree it is easy to follow and great to learn from. Have fun.
This video shows artist Da Rong Dong sketching in charcoals a young girl in a live scenario. The video is time lapsed but it is easy to see how he navigates around the page and gathers all his correct proportions by working on the key features like the eyes, nose and mouth to then eventually form the head shape around them.
Charcoal is an extremely versatile medium use especially in portraiture as it has a soft feel on application and is extremely easy to blend to get all those tonal qualities and shadowing which skin naturally casts.
Carles Gomila seeks to paint works that are tender and yet disturbing, evocative full bodied and elegant. He loves painting the human figure based on the real human anatomy plus his own imagination and feels free to represent the human figure and redeem the values of classical art from a contemporary perspective.
This video has been cleverly produced to demonstrate the artist at work whilst at times using metamorphoses to take the viewer through to the finished piece, as well as creating a sinister feel throughout. Powder paint and charcoal mediums can be seen within the video, using paint brushes and palette knives to compliment.
This is a fantastic example of the art promoted by Fine Grime Publishing, Bath, UK, who’s growing reputation is an accolade to their style. Further works can be found through their website www.finegrime.co.uk
This is short video where you will learn the very basic techniques needed to gather your proportions whilst you draw a life model. The medium charcoal has been selected because it is versatile and manipulative. You can be very bold with it but at the same time you must be quick. There is an underlying tone of humour in this video so it makes the experience less intense. So grab your charcoals and just have fun!
Here artist Marci Grogan demonstrates how to draw a lady posing. It has been sped up due to the fact it carries a lot of detail. It is a good example of a like for like drawing and should be viewed carefully. It is probably a good idea to see which areas carry the most detail and to consider which areas Marci tackles sequentially.
A charming and commendable drawing of a female nude in charcoal by Cindy Gray. The first hand camera approach of filming coupled with her drawing from her lap approach makes for a nice raw video for the viewer to appreciate. It shows that art is readily available wherever you are an in the right frame of mind cracking results can be achieved.