CHARCOAL LIKE MAD
- Class is Open
- Instructor – Kara Bullock
- 8 Lessons/8+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Course Price – $69
Has charcoal sparked your interest, but you are not sure how to use the medium? Would you like to learn a variety of ways that charcoal can be used in portraiture?
In 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 cardboard.
By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:
- Seeing a face before placing details
- See anew when using a reference photo for more than one project
- Create interest with marks and color
- Use a colored background as a mid tone for your portraits
- Create a likeness in your portraits
DESCRIPTION OF LESSONS
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 the first 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.
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! I challenge you to also do this more than once! It is so fun to see how differently each one turns out!
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.
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.
CLASS IS OPEN! START CREATING TODAY!
LIFETIME ACCESS - DOWNLOAD ALL CONTENT
Cost - $69
MEET KARA BULLOCK - ARTIST/CREATIVE GUIDE
Kara is an artist who lives in Southern California with her supportive husband, Jeff, and their three creative and inspiring children, Charlotte, Claire, and Brady. Kara has 20+ years of experience in teaching and curriculum development. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1998 working with children ages six through 12.
In 2008, she began teaching college courses, online, to adults studying to be teachers! She found it very rewarding to work with those that had a passion for teaching others! In 2018, she stepped away from teaching education courses to work full-time as an artist, art instructor, and mentor. Her work as an online instructor quickly transferred over to teaching art to students all over the world. Kara is known by her students, both online and in-person, for providing a safe place for individuals to learn at their own pace, in a space that they feel they can try anything and feel supported and encouraged. She feels very lucky to get to do what she loves every day, and that is create art and mentor others on their personal creative paths.
Kara has always been drawn to creating portraits, probably because of her love for people. Kara’s style is modern contemporary and her work has been described as colorful and bold. It is her goal to create a portrait that makes the viewer want to know more about the story of the person in the painting. She often paints her children as they inspire her the most. Kara wants her audience to be drawn to what is happening in the lives of the individual at the moment that they were painted. Having worked with children, she knows how difficult it can be to grow up, and she wants to capture all of the feelings of her own children that they experience with each new day of their lives. Whatever the feeling, happiness, angst, sadness, anger, etc. she is hoping to capture it and help her audience to feel it.
PRIVATE GROUP JUST FOR YOU!
This course will has a private Facebook group just for you! Come and visit other students in this course, and view what has been created from the lessons.
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!
- Few sheets of the following:
- Pieces of cardboard – mine will be cut to 9×9
- Several sheets of watercolor paper – 9×12 or 11×14, cold press and hot press, 140lb
- Large gray or tan toned paper – 18×24
- Variety of charcoal – use what you have
- Colored pastel, Neos II, or pastel pencils – a few of your fave colors will do
- Blending stumps
- Erasers – I recommend the following
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