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The Charcoal Series: Sketch and Draw a Puppy

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11 Lessons (1h 20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Selecting and Editing your Reference Image

    • 4. Sketching your Reference

    • 5. Laying the Darkest Values

    • 6. Laying the Midtone Values

    • 7. Blending

    • 8. Refining your Drawing

    • 9. Drawing the Background

    • 10. Bringing out the Details

    • 11. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

This series is all about learning how to have fun with charcoal pencils and using them to create beautiful drawings! In this class, we shall be focused on creating a charcoal drawing of a puppy.


Join me as I take you through my process of evaluating royalty-free reference images, changing them into grayscale photos with striking values, creating the sketch, laying down the values, and finally bringing it all together to a final, striking piece of work.


Don’t worry if you are a beginner as this class is made with you in mind! If you have absolutely no background in charcoal and shading, keep an eye out for my class on fundamentals of charcoal drawing. So, if you've ever been curious about using charcoal as a medium or would just like to try something different, join me in this class of The Charcoal Series!



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Hi! My name is Chena, also known as LechenArt. I'm based in Nairobi, Kenya and I'd say I'm pretty much a jack-of-all-trades. My background is in Civil Engineering, but art has always been my passion.

I wouldn't say that I am a self-taught artist as I have learned so much through the years from various resources and hours of practice (with lots of mess-ups!). That's why I know that my students can be able to learn and improve on their art, no matter their age or background.



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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to the Chuckle, Siri's I'm China. And in this class we're going to be learning how to sketch and draw a puppy in charcoal. I love using chuckle in my drawings as it gives me the freedom to be messy and to also just the process. I find it so satisfying to see how the drains transform from what I call the ugly fears into a final, detailed drawing. Don't worry if you're a beginner, as I've made sure to make the videos as detailed as possible so that you can follow along, build free to pull on my skills sharp age so that you can be the first to know once more classes in the syriza rap. Without further ado, let's get into the class. 2. Materials: in this section will be covering the materials needed for this class as well as talking about the class project. I'm a strong believer in using materials that are easily available to you and not breaking the bank, at least not initially. Once you try out a new medium, you can then be able to tell whether you love it enough to invest in pressure materials of higher quality. For this class, you'll need heavy people that you dropped to the touch as a personal preference. I prefer to use more textured people, but then again, child what you have and see which you prefer a zoo general guideline. Look for people that is heavier and 90 Judaism. As for the other materials, you'll need a needed Theresa appointed a resource such as Amona zero Raisa, a shop inna, a blending stump around fluffy brush for blending a variety of chocolate pencils of different hardness, a pencil and some masking tape to create the clean edges on added bonus would be having the capability to print a reference image so that you can pull along in how to transpire reprints image into a sketch. But it's definitely not a must more details on materials can be found in the friends section for your class project. Don't load the reference image from the reference section and try to follow along with the class you can then post you're finished creation in the class Project section. You're welcome to also post any other chuckle drink that you may create by following the tips outlined in these videos a country to see your creations. 3. Selecting and Editing your Reference Image: when it comes to selecting my reference image, I usually use websites that have royalty free images such as picks, A B and peck cells. All you need to do is to type in your such rod and select an image that catches your eye. Also, let two different images here from either website so that I can show you how to edit them in different software. So all you need to do is to click on download on. Your image will be saved on your laptop. So now I'll open one of the images in Porter Shop so that I can show you the fast method. Once your image opens, click on image Mood Grayscale on this will convert your image into Greece skill. Then click on image Adjustment their balls, and over here you can play with the level so that you can get a nice contrast off Highlights and shadows. Once done, kick okay on. You can also still edit Father by going to image adjustments. When you go to brightness trip contrast and father play with your image to get a final image that pleases your I want it done. K conceive us on in click save it as a JPEG are as a PNG. Now, this is how you can edit your photo using an app called snap seed When your phone. So all you need to do is open your image and snap seed, then go to tune image, no other saturation. And also you can play with the shadows on the highlights as well to get a nice balance but pleases your eye. You can also play with a contrast to raise or lower as needed. The APP has so many different moods that you can use to edit your photo, so play around with it. The final method is by using the preloaded software that comes on your laptop. I'm on windows, so what I do is I go to edit my photo. Then I click on adjustment to the right, you can see light in color, so what I do is I lower the light levels and also lower the color levels. You know that turned my photo into great skill. As you can see, the photo is pretty much good to go. If you have a printer, you can go ahead and print the image and follow along with the videos, I shall show you a method that you can use to sketch the image. Make sure to specify the photo size in the fit of the photo. As you can see here, I'm playing with different settings, and getting the one that I like this'd is a final printed reference image. 4. Sketching your Reference: In order to laid on your sketch, you need to take the piece of paper on which you printed the image and turn it over. Ben, select the pencil with the softest chuckle and use it to scribble all over the back of the paper. Soft chuckle will enable you to do this quickly. Chocolate is meant to be messy, so don't be afraid of all the dust that may accumulate on your paper. All you need to do is to blow it away. In case you chuckle, pencil becomes blunt shop in need and continue with the process. This'll will take some time, so be patient with it. If you have a chuckle block, you can use it to do this as it will go even faster. Once you're done, the piece of people should look like this. Next. Take the people on which you intend to draw the chuckle poppy on, then layer difference Image directly on top of the piece of paper. Ensure that the corners lineup. You can then make out the edges of your image so as to indicate the boundary. Next drill. On top of your reference image, use your pencil to do this All you need to do is to mark out the distinct sections like around the nose. This note the eyes, the ears on the pause. This is your chance to also mark out the DACA sections on the lighter sections. Once you're done and you lift up the piece of paper with your reference image, you will see that there shall be a sketch that has remained on your paper. The chuckle that you scribbled onto the back of the printer paper will have transferred onto the paper on which you want to draw your puppy. After doing this, you can use your kneaded eraser to pick up the excess chuckles from the drawing thesis an optional steptoe. Take out your masking tape and set the borders. The edges that you mocked will come in handy. At this point. I like using masking tape as it does not pill up my paper. Once I'm done during and I'm peeling off the tape, a world over any edges of the masking tape that maybe hanging next, we shall lay down the darkest values of our drawing 5. Laying the Darkest Values: Now the real work begins. We shall startling the darkest values of our drawing. For this, I used my four B chuckled pencil. Look carefully at your reference image and note the darkest areas askew can see. I'm starting with the outline of the snout and the outline of the pause. It's really important to go in the direction that the far is growing. This will ensure that even after you blend the chuckle, the strokes that can still be seen shall be homogeneous. With the reference image, take a spare piece of paper and later underneath your palm. This is because as you move from section to section, as you're drawing, you might end up smudging the areas that you may have already drawn over here. I'm walking on the ear. The DACA shadow is closest to the peace. Oh, moving one to the nose. If you look carefully at the reference image, you'll see that some sections of the nose are much darker than other sections or the darkest sections. Like around the nostrils. I use a lot of pressure as I'm laying down the chocolate. Oh jumped from section to section at the corner of this note you can see that it is really dark towards the bottom, and then the top part is later looking at the I section, you can see that the section that is close to the ear is quite duck, not the way in which I lay down the strokes of the pencil. Oh, make sure that as a laying down the darkest sections, you do not make any mistakes, as I did, because it will be really difficult to lift up the color. I made a mistake as I was laying down the sections around the eye, and you can see me trying to lift up the chuckle, using my rubber. Pay attention to the values here. We only laying down the darkest sections. The lighter sections can be laid down with the same pencil, but with lighter pressure. I love the texture of the fat around the eye. As you can see, I'm feathering it in slowly and with light pressure. Oh, in complete honesty, you can draw the whole drying using just one pencil. But by varying the pressure at this section around I, the border is really, really dark. So I'm starting by laying down that darkest section been in the in a section of the I. If you look really closely, you will see that it is not all a solid dark color. That is why you can see me laying it down in a radial motion. Take your time with this, huh? Your pencil does not need to be extremely sharp as you're doing this. Just keep on turning the pencil round and round as you're doing it over here. Relating the shadow that is close to the ear. You'll note that you can already start to see the features coming out way. Now we're laying the far that is at the years. Do you even call them ears? They look so fluffy again. Make sure to go in the direction that the five grain don't be afraid to turn the drink from side to side to make it easier for you to draw. The far I noticed that, um, used to drink in a particular direction. That is why you can see me turning the page from time to time. But the section that are not as dark you can use a lighter pressure. I find this part to be really fun. Uh huh. But the doctor sections. I just use more pressure with my pencil by drinking, chuckle, Train your eye to see different values you. Now we're onto the other pole. Oh, now we're back to the I A Zay said before I chose this drink because the eyes really called to my attention. If you look closely at your friends, you'll see that they're different. Lighter sections and DACA sections within the eye on that is what I'm doing here. I'm laying down the darkest sections back to drink the far and now on to the other. I take you to notice that there is a slight highlight to the right of the I. - Now we're laying down the lighter sections on the news just by using lighter pressure on our pencil and by drawing in a circular motion, take a look around your drink and make sure that you're putting all the dark sections. Don't worry. Later on, you end up noticing that there's some sections that you hadn't really filled in because you can always build them in. Later, in the next video, I'll be showing you how to lay down the mid tone values 6. Laying the Midtone Values: Now we shall be laying the midterm values through meat on values that those that are not as dark as the darkest values. And I were not as bright as the highlight to do this. I used my to be pencil. You can still use your four b chuckled pencil, but don't use as much pressure as you did when laying the darkest values. I'm starting off with the here. You can see that there are areas that I not as dark as those that we laid before. Lay down the far using short strokes that go in the direction that the fight is growing. Make sure to keep one glancing between your reference image and you're drawing very the pressure of the pencil as needed. Over here, I noticed that there was an area that I did not lay down the darkest values as dark as they needed to be. So I am just laying down the dark values again, using my four b pencil. Please note that when I say pencil, I mean chocolate Pennsy, not the graphite pencil moving on to continue laying down the midterm values. Looking at the poor, you can see that there's some areas that I have meat on values and that is what I'm doing laying down those values way away again. Feel free to turn around the people so that it is comfortable for you to lay down the strokes of the way, - way , way over here, playing the father. It is close to the I way. Remember how we laid the darkest values within the I? Now we're laying the lighter looking values within their same I again I noticed that there is an area that I didn't go dark enough in this process. You'll keep on jumping from pencil to pencil refat your drink and did use whether you need to go dark in some areas. Oh, again onto the other eye. And I'm laying down the midterm values within the I el back to the nose. Over here, you really need to check and see the different values that lie on the nose. I noticed that the pattern knows placing the camera needed to be a little bit darker in comparison to the top part of the nose. Now I'm loathe patches of far that lie on the nose. I'm doing this by using light circular motions with my to be pencil. You can see that the section beneath the news is much DACA because it's laying in shadow onto the other pole. I'm laying those meat on values by using light shot strokes, the direction that the size growing on the pole. But he I saw that I needed to go much DACA, - and now we're done laying the midterm values. In the next video, I'll be showing you how to blend it all together. 7. Blending: I have to warn you in this step, you'll probably feel like you're undoing all the good work you did before in the previous steps. In order to blend, you can use around fluffy brush or any old paintbrush that you have. As long as the paintbrush has soft bristles, you're OK. The purpose of this process is to blend in the dark values of the chocolate on the light values of the chuckle. Don't worry if you end up smudging the areas that have light afar, or if you end up losing, your highlights will still bring them back in. In the end, use short strokes with a brush again in the direction that the size growing. Whenever you noticed that there is a lot of chuckle dust accumulating on your people just blew it away gently. This is a close up your what I'm doing. You can see the chocolate just like you relating and me blowing it away. I think you can also notice the texture of the raft people amusing. No, told the chuckle. Strokes that you laid down will completely disappear as your blending. If use people with less tooth, the strokes would probably not be seen after you blend. Make sure to blend over all the dark areas and into all the brighter looking areas. Take your time with this and have fun. I find it really relaxing. - Remember not to Leah. Palm down directly on destroying it comes to the eye. You can use a blending stump to blend that area, but I don't mind using my brush as I shall still bringing back the highlights you can see over here that I'm removing the extra charcoal dust that accumulated on my brush. - Remember , after you blend the really dark areas, your brush will have a lot of chuckle dust on it. That's why sometimes you can see me rubbing off the extra chuckled us before going into some lighter areas. By doing, try. If you bring in a lot of your darks into the light areas, we shall still bring back the highlight way. E think I probably called establishes. No one has had a lot of docks, so when blending the dust gets into the lighter areas, we'll probably later on user needed Raisa to bring back the light of a lose way, have pretty much done with blending in the next video to show you how to bring back some of the ducks that you may have lost 8. Refining your Drawing: Now it's time to refine your drawing by bringing back in some of those ducks that may have been lost in the process of blending. Remember the printer people that were scribbled on you need it for this video. You can use your four B pencil for this. Look carefully at a reference image and notes the areas that need to go DACA. I can see that the outline below the snout in the pause needs to go DACA and that the outline close to the ear also needs to go DACA In this stage, we shall be blending as we go along. Take your toe only blend the area. The nutria have applied the chuckle still going in the direction in which the fights growing. I noticed the nostrils need to be much darker. Remember, you can use your blending stump. Now there are some areas that need to go DACA but you should be overkill to use the pencil on those areas. There are two different techniques that your news to lay down these values. So what I do is I use my brush to pick up some of the chuckle dust from the printer paper that we had scribbled on. Then I leave this dust in the areas that need to go a little bit darker. You can also use your hardest chuckle pencil in these areas. I'd probably call it a hedge, going back to the areas off our around the eye. I know I'm going to use my blending stump with these tiny details back to the far around, the eyes still going in the direction that the fights growing this corner needed to go much darker. The shadows below the ended to go much darker. The inner corner of that. I also needed to become much DACA. Then use your blending stump to blend these small areas. The shadows within the I. I really intricate. You can use the artistic license. You don't have to copy the shadows exactly as they appear in the reference image moving on to the other three year. Don't be afraid to go to Doc. The contrast between the highlights and the shadows on your drawing, I wrote make it interesting. Now, moving on to the other pole in the next video, I'll show you how to draw your background 9. Drawing the Background: when, during my background, I'll mainly use my blending brush and my blending stumps. You also need the printer people in rich red scribbled, blending stumps. You really have residual chuckle or graphite dust that has stuck to them. So here I'm trying to lay down the texture off the carpet on which the dog is lying. I noticed that there is a repeating pattern on the carpet, so that is what you're seeing me doing over here. I'm laying down the diagonal lines that form the texture of the carpet. An important thing to remember is when it comes to the background, you can use the artistic license and draw whatever you want. You don't have to copy the reference image exactly. Whenever the chuckle dust on my blending stump runs out, I just Kriegel the blending stump on the printer paper and pick up some more dust. Sometimes they use the dark areas in the puppy to pick up some of that chuckle dust. On some areas, I'm during lanes and in other areas I'm drink tiny tiny dots. Take your time with this. Whenever I feel like I've picked up too much chuckle dust it just rub off the excess on my spare piece of paper on which my palm is resting. That way, I don't lay down any harsh dots or lines in my background, so I'm now laying some DACA lines to break the monotony on the carpet, alternating lines with dots with lines with dots. - Now you can notice that the areas closer to the puppy have a shadow because the light is coming from behind the puppy. I'm using the brush to lay down that shadow by using the same technique that we used before picking up some of the chocolate dust and laying it down. You can use small sexual emotions or small back and forth motions to lay down these shadows . Bringing in the shadows also make the happy to look more three dimensional. It will be very evident, especially once we put in the final highlights bling down some much I do on the carpet. No, I am well being to the left section of the background over here. I wanted the shadow to be much DACA than what we put below, so I'm making a big block off dark shadow using my blending stump. I'm picking up a lot of chocolate dust and just laying it down. If you don't have a blending stump, you can just use your paint brush to pick up the dust. Lay down different values in the background. Whenever you feel like I've picked up too much, I just remove the excess on my xperia piece of paper at the top left, it seemed like there was the edge of a cuttin being seen. Note the different values of the shadows in the background, right? The background was probably the most time consuming part of this drawing. I don't always go all out to enduring the background. Sometimes I keep it simple. Sometimes they tried to make it a little bit more intricate, with a lighter parts of the cuttin. Just use your blending stump. Having the little chuckle dust over here used my brush to lay down and even tone of shadow all over the Katyn. Also, we're here to indicate the wall now to make some sections of the background be DACA, - making some sections of the world a little bit darker by using the brush. Remember, Sometimes a vision that you have in your head might not work out on people If that happens , just work around your mistakes. They're happy accidents, As Barbara says. Yeah, no one to the other side. I'm making the sections closest to the pause DACA than some other section, because I want to make the pause pop when I add in the highlights now, adding an even layer to the section back to acting on the cuttin. I had two different blending stumps, so I'm alternating between them, not really. For any particular reason. I was happy with a background as it Waas decided to leave it. At this point, if you'd like, you can go even further and create deeper shadows for the contains or for the walls. You can also create more texture by using your kneaded eraser. In some sections, all you need to do is to just dab in those sections on it. Lift up some of the chuckle, leaving behind different patterns Now in the next video, Barack on introducing the highlights 10. Bringing out the Details: Now it's time for the magic to happen. All that you'll need is your pointed arreaza over here. Amusing. I'm on a zero area. So if you don't have one, you can follow the directions in the material sections on what you can do as an alternative , you can also shape. You're needed Deressa into a point and use it. So what we're doing here is bringing back in the highlights. By examining a reference image, we can see which areas have the brightest highlights, and we use our area za to bring back in those highlights. You shall also use the hardest chuckled pencil over here. I'm using my hitch pencil and also my to be pencil to bring back in some of the docks to make some of the areas a little bit DACA. As I said, don't be afraid to push the docks in your drawing. Keep on glancing at your reference image and see where you need to put in the highlights. There is also a highlight at the edge of the pool. Use shot strokes with your pointed arreaza to bring in these highlights. The stroke should be in the direction that the five green for the areas that don't have a bright highlight. You can use less pressure with your Theresa for the areas with a bright highlight, use more pressure. If you see anywhere that needs to go DACA, just use your pencil. You can also dull down your highlights by using the brush on top of them. Take note of the different values. Thanks. Sexual needed to be dulled down. - Take note of the different length off the far Shota Far needs shorter strokes with there. Isa long afar, like on the years need longer strokes with Reza Uh, amusing, Really light pressure with my pencil amusing May kneaded eraser to pick up some of the charcoal at the top of the news because this section is a little bit lighter than the part that is facing the camera. - Uh huh. E keep on alternating between my pencil and my Theresa as needed. Remember the bright highlight to the site of the I see how the eye pops. Now I'm using my razor to bring back in that texture off the far on top of the I. They're also little Slattery's that I'm adding with me. Raisa thing is why we did the background in the previous video because now our fast stands out against the background. Uh, - darling , down some off the bright highlights again. Take your time With this step, I'm adding little shy away has with my heart huge pencil. - I think the little furry bits on the snout of puppies looking more and more realistic as we go along unto the other pole, adding some MOFA with my pencil. Now I'm adding the long whiskers that air on this note use long flowing motions to add these. Sometimes you'll need to go over them to make them more bright, moving on to the other. I again 10 your paper to suit you, - I've explained. I was pretty much done. We're just looking around my drawing and seeing where else I needed to edit. I wanted to make the section at the bottom a lot more Dhaka to bring in more of the shadow that is in the reference image. So I took my brush as well as the dust that is on the printer paper, and I just laid it in that section l to use my four B pencil to bring in more of that shadow. No I really like having a lot of contrast in my drawings, blended the section as I went along, and also use your blending stump to blend that small section where you've added the chuckle . I'd have to go over some of the whiskers that I drew but are still at them back later on. - You may not need to make the same edits that I'm making to your drawing. Just look at yours and see what you need to do to make it look even better to you now, bringing back those whiskers that had been lost when I was adding the charcoal at the bottom. WeII done. In the next video, we'll be finishing up and peeling off the tape from our drawing. His how a reference looks on. This is our finished drying. 11. Final Thoughts: and now we've come to the end of this class. It was a pleasure filming this for you. And I hope that you learned something new on how to use Chuckle Pencil to create beautiful , realistic drawings. All you need to do now is to peel off the tape at the edges of your drawing. Do this slowly so that you don't lift up the paper as you're pealing off the tape. Yeah, I hope you enjoyed learning how to use chuckle pencils, and I encourage you to follow me so that you can know once I post more videos on the chuckle. Siri's remember to sign your finished drain. Feel free to post your finished projects in the class project section and you can talk me on social media if you post on instagram as well. And that was how to draw a puppy in chocolate