CHARCOAL LIKE MAD

5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$64.00

In this online workshop, we will be completing an array of activities as we experiment with a variety of charcoals.  In Charcoal Like Mad!, you will have the chance to explore different charcoal mediums such as vine, compressed, pencil, colored charcoal, powder and more!  Not only will we be exposed to the wide array of charcoals available to you, I will also demonstrate for you how they can be used on different substrates such as watercolor paper, toned paper, and wood cradle boards.

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“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

– Paul Caponigro

In this online course, Charcoal Like Mad, we will be completing an array of activities as we experiment with a variety of charcoals.  You will have the chance to explore different charcoal mediums such as vine, compressed, pencil, colored charcoal, powder and more!  Not only will we be exposed to the many types of charcoals available to you, I will also demonstrate for you how they can be used on different substrates such as watercolor paper, toned paper, and wood cradle boards.

By the end of this course, you will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Seeing a face before placing details
  • How to see anew when using a reference photo for more than one project
  • How to create interest with marks and color
  • Using a colored background as a mid tone for your portraits
  • Creating a likeness in your portraits

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECTS

Warm Up and Lesson 1

What is in a face?  In this lesson, we will be looking at what really is in a face and how much we can see before we actually add in all of the details.  We will view several different reference photos, practice creating a non-detailed face, and then choose our favorite to move forward with.  We will then move on to add details with a variety of charcoal and mark-making.

Lessons 2, 3, and 4

For our second lesson, we will be using the same photo reference to create two different portraits.  In the first lesson, we will carry forward with what we learned in project 1 by completing a portrait on gray toned paper.  We will use the gray as the mid tone in the face, and continue to become comfortable using white and black marks to create values in a face.  After this portrait, we will learn how to use charcoal and water on watercolor paper.  We will use the same photograph for both, so that we can learn how to see “anew” with each portrait.  We will add colored chalk, and colored Neos II to our portraits to make our pieces more interesting to the eye.

Lesson 5

In our fifth project, we will build on the previous lessons, but this time we will use hot-pressed watercolor paper, gesso, and charcoal.  This is one of my absolute favorite lessons!  I drew this image three times, and the third was a charm!!  It is a challenging angle, but practice makes progress!

Lesson 6

In lesson 6 we will continue to study the face and features.  We will study the values and angles of our reference images, learn how to use our pencil as a measuring tool, how to squint to “see”, and also how to put all of our learned skills together to create a realistic portrait.  While we will still be using some marks in our portraits, the goal of this activity will be to create a softer presence in our pieces.  Reference photos will be provided, but you can also use a photo of your choice.

Bonus

Our final lesson will take all that we have learned into a final piece of using minimal amounts of charcoal to create big emotions as we strive to create a soulful image full of depth and character.


Registration is Open!

CLASSROOM IS OPEN – LIFETIME ACCESS

Charcoal Like Mad – $64

Register Now


The best part about this class is that you probably have what you need!  The list below is only a suggested list!  I always recommend trying to use what you already have unless you really WANT or NEED to go out and buy some new supplies!

Supply List:

  • Few sheets of the following:
  • Variety of charcoal – use what you have
    • XL Charcoal – black
    • charcoal sticks – variety of hardness, willow and compressed
    • charcoal pencils – variety, black and white
    • Conte Crayons – Matchbox Set of 4
  • Colored pastel, Neos II, or pastel pencils – a few of your fave colors will do
  • Blending stumps
  • Chamois
  • Erasers – I recommend the following
    • Tombow – Mono Zero
    • PaperMate – Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
    • Kneaded eraser
    • Any other erasers that you enjoy using

STUDENT WORK


Sav**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account.  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will be available under “My Classroom” at the top right-hand of karabullockart.com.  You can also always find your classes here: https://karabullockart.com/my-courses/

**Due to the nature of the immediate availability of the course, all purchases are nonrefundable.

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7 reviews for CHARCOAL LIKE MAD

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This course has empowered my skills and sparked my imagination beyond boundaries. Wonderful teaching with clear explanations and experiencing with other materials like pastels, which opened new dimensions for me and for which I’ll be forever grateful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    For ANY level. If a beginner there is plenty of instruction!. Advanced, there is plenty of creative growth. Accomplished, there is just what you are looking for, inspiration and camaraderie. Kara has it all in this event. Perfect amount of video and lots of interaction. ♥

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Kara is a superb teacher. I have taken several courses from her and she never fails to present more than expected. In this one she presents charcoal in so many creative ways. She has addicted the students in the first class to the medium and to collecting surfaces you would never expect to fall in love with. She gives you tips and helps you grow. I recommend her as a teacher to any level. Just jump in and find a friend, a mentor, an adopted daughter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This is the best class to learn portraits and all the different ways to use charcoal! I struggled mapping faces for the longest time, but Kara takes an intuitive yet logical approach to faces. Kara is an expert at teaching composition, contrast and subjects and understanding perspective. And she’s silly! I have thoroughly enjoyed this class!

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This course has shown me how to get the soulful look I have been trying to achieve with my portraits and Kara has a style of teaching that works for beginners as well as experienced artist. In her lessons she explains what all the different charcoals, papers and tools will do for you, and her videos provide step-by-step instructions to help make your portraits come to life. She also gives students access to a Facebook group she’s created for the class (which I love) where you can share your work, receive feedback and ask questions. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in learning to work with charcoal and creating more interesting and expressive portraits.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This class has opened up a new dimension in my art. It has provided me with techniques and the support I need to create realistic, emotive portraits. Kara’s lessons are thorough and easily followed, her online presence is superb, and the comraderie of the Facebook group embraces all levels of skill. If you want to go to the next level in seeing values, using simple materials, and creating portraits with heart, you need to Charcoal Like Mad!

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Awesome class for any level artist! Having never used charcoal before I was surprised how much I liked it! Kara is a fantastic teacher!

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