Realistic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners

Diane Flick, Artist & Art Teacher

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31 Videos (1h 19m)
    • 1.1 Charcoal Trailer

      1:09
    • 2.1 Setup

      0:52
    • 2.2 Materials

      3:04
    • 2.3 Mindset

      0:32
    • 2.4 Blend

      1:15
    • 3.1 Measure Intro

      0:55
    • 3.2 connect

      0:39
    • 3.3 Measuring Practice

      2:49
    • 3.4 Background

      3:04
    • 3.5 Island

      1:29
    • 4.1 Boat Outline

      5:52
    • 4.2 Boat Reflection

      1:51
    • 4.3 Boat Slats

      2:59
    • 4.4 Boat Details

      3:18
    • 4.5 More Boat Details

      2:27
    • 5.1 Shading Overall Tone

      2:40
    • 5.2 Shading Sky

      5:32
    • 5.3 Shading Water

      3:17
    • 5.4 Shading Clouds

      2:15
    • 5.5 Shading Mountains

      3:44
    • 5.6 Shading Island

      5:23
    • 5.7 Shading Water Highlight

      1:24
    • 5.8 Shading Boat Reflection

      5:15
    • 5.9 Shading Boat

      6:52
    • 6.1 Refining Darks

      1:57
    • 6.2 Erasing Highlights

      2:18
    • 6.3 Sharpening Edges

      1:47
    • 6.4 Chain Signature

      1:59
    • 6.5 Final Thoughts

      0:42
    • 6.6 Spray Fix

      0:44
    • 7.1 Recap

      1:07

About This Class

How to Recreate a Realistic Landscape in Charcoal from a Photograph

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The skills you will gain in this class:

  • How to draw a simple scene with charcoal
  • How to apply and manipulate charcoal
  • How to create textures in charcoal
  • Applying graphite to represent different values (lightness and darkness)
  • Measuring methods
  • Improving drawing accuracy

This course teaches a nice balance of the mechanics involved with making a beautiful landscape drawing in charcoal, but also having an interpretive, artistic mindset while doing it.  It discusses what to focus on, embrace and likewise, abandon as you’re drawing.  We will explore how to find the “art” in art-making, how to understand and effectively utilize some basic techniques, but be guided by the spirit of your subject.  It is meant for the complete novice equipped with basic art materials.  It is also meant to be a concise, efficient class that offers lots of great information in a small amount of time.

This is a great course if you want to learn measuring techniques for more accuracy in your drawing, or if you've ever been frustrated with charcoal and want to acquire skills to make it smoother and more fun.

You will be carefully supported and guided through the entire process, from discussing which materials you will need, onto accurate measuring in order to replicate the image realistically.  From there we will walk through how to add value including shading. When we are finished, you will walk away with a new set of skills you can use to create more beautiful drawings.

I hope you enjoy the course!

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Diane Flick

Artist & Art Teacher

Diane Julia Flick majored in art during college and went on to graduate school, receiving her M.A. in Humanities with a creative study emphasis in 2001. She has been making art her whole life and teaching art to children and adults since 2005. She loves to share this joy with folks who are interested in the same.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, playing her ukulele, dancing, and wearing wigs while talking about herself in the third person. Though truth...

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