Draw the personality of your pet: Easy subtractive method in charcoal | Jennifer Moorhead | Skillshare

Draw the personality of your pet: Easy subtractive method in charcoal

Jennifer Moorhead, Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur

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12 Videos (39m)
    • Introduction

    • Tips to choosing your pet photograph

    • Preparing your paper

    • Have fun practicing with charcoal

    • How to draw eyes with charcoal (part one)

    • How to draw eyes with charcoal (part two)

    • Shapes

    • Eyes

    • Value and Volume

    • Texture (part one)

    • Texture (part two)

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

This class is about drawing the personality of your pet from a photograph(s) with charcoal. The subtractive method will be used because it is an easy and fast way to learn to draw value and form. This is a fun and rewarding class that is simple to follow! This class is designed for the beginner to intermediate. The class project is creating one charcoal drawing of your pet using the subtractive and additive method.

The basic skills you will be learning are:

  1. Selecting your pet photographs to use for the drawing project
  2. Shape
  3. Proportion
  4. Drawings eyes - to reflect the “spirit” of your pet
  5. Value
  6. Volume using the subtractive/additive method
  7. Texture
  8. Pet portraiture





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Jennifer Moorhead

Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur

My Unique Art Teaching Method:

I incorporate the same art concepts that I taught in college for over 34 years but modified exercises that are fast-paced, easy to understand and simple to make. The exercises are all hands-on. This allows you to really explore and experiment with the art concepts...while having fun!

My most recent review in 2019:

This review really exhibits why I teach art...just to help others to understand that art is...

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