CHARCOAL LIKE MAD
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.
Class is Open!
CLASSROOM IS OPEN– LIFETIME ACCESS
Charcoal Like Mad – $64
“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.
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!
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.
Registration is Open!
CLASSROOM IS OPEN – LIFETIME ACCESS
Charcoal Like Mad – $64
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
- XL Charcoal – black
- charcoal sticks – variety of hardness, willow and compressed
- charcoal pencils – variety, black and white
- Conte Crayons – Matchbox Set of 4
- XL Charcoal – black
- Colored pastel, Neos II, or pastel pencils – a few of your fave colors will do
- Blending stumps
- Erasers – I recommend the following
- Tombow – Mono Zero
- PaperMate – Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick
- Kneaded eraser
- Any other erasers that you enjoy using
**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.