CHARCOAL PORTRAITS 101

Rated 4.79 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
(14 customer reviews)

$119.00

COURSE DETAILS

  • Class is Open
  • Instructor – Robert Kelley
  • Self-study
  • 8 Lessons/7+ Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private Facebook Group
  • Course Price – $119

 

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Description

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO RENDER OUT A GREAT, CHARCOAL PORTRAIT?  DO YOU WANT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAITURE?

 

In this academic course, master charcoal artist, Robert Kelley, will take you on a step-by-step journey of his process of creating beautiful, charcoal portraits.  Robert will begin by sharing with his students the basic fundamentals that all artists must understand in order to create a portrait.  This course is for all levels, beginning to advanced, and will cover topics such as drafting, anatomy, values, relationships, measurement, perspective, mechanics, design, techniques, and so much more!  If you are a beginning artist, ready to learn to draw portraits for the very first time, or if you are an advanced portrait artist, ready to push the limits, this course is for you!  It doesn't matter where you are on this journey, this class is for everyone!

 

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COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

  • basic fundamentals to drawing a portrait in any angle
  • understand how to draw the features of the face in any angle
  • how to use lines as guides when drawing a portrait
  • how understanding the anatomy of any object can be a guide in any drawing
  • use measurement and referencing  to guide relationships
  • placement of features
  • foreshortening
  • creating a composition/design that works
  • using different materials and substrates in your work
  • using different tools to create various effects in your artwork

 

MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

In this academic class, students will receive both short, and full-length lessons, on a variety of information.  Lessons will cover the basic fundamentals that must be understood prior to creating a well-rendered portrait, demonstrations on composition and design, lecture on relationships, perspective, mechanics, and so much more!  By the end of this course, all students will have an understanding of what it takes to move forward in the art of charcoal portraits, and will be able to take his/her own art to the next level!

 

DESCRIPTION OF LESSONS

LESSONS 1, 2, AND 3 - THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS

In the first two lessons, Robert will begin by walking you through the materials that he uses.  He will then jump into discussing the basic fundamentals of portraiture.  Every object has an anatomy!  Understanding an object's anatomy will help to understand the object and to draw it, whether it be a watch, a chair, or a portrait.  Lastly, Robert will teach about the axis and the importance of using it in portrait work.

 

Lesson 3 will focus more on the anatomy of the features on the face.  Robert will isolate the features and spend some time discussing the basic construction of each feature, and tips/skills that the artist can use to render out an eye, mouth, nose, and ear.  Robert will also show how to draw the features at different angles.

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LESSONS 4, 5, AND 6 - SKETCH AND DESIGN

As you move into lesson 4, Robert will share how you can take the basic fundamentals and create some study drawings.   Much of his own time is devoted to studies, rather than completed portraits.  This is the time to experiment and explore with what works and what doesn't.  He will remind you to use shape and line to create study sketches.  You will learn how to build up layers of charcoal using only willow charcoal.

 

Lesson 5 will then take things one step further.  Robert will choose a study that he feels most drawn to and show the viewer how to take it to the next level.  He will demonstrate how to add more layers, and begin thinking about design.  He will question what can be left out to create interest.  The focus will be on values and creating depth.

 

Finally in lesson 6, Robert will share his knowledge on composition and design.  In this lesson we will learn to be conscious of the design factor in your work.  We will discuss how to work out design and composition prior to completing a piece.  Lastly,  you will begin to think about your own finished work.

 

LESSONS 7 AND 8 - FINAL PORTRAITS

The final two lessons will be two full, final portrait lessons.  The first lesson will be on completed on newsprint and will be completed with willow charcoal and various tools.  The second lesson will be completed on Strathmore drawing paper and will be completed using willow, compressed, and various tools.  This is your time to put all that you have learned in this course onto paper.

 

 

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CLASS IS OPEN!  REGISTER TODAY!

LIFETIME ACCESS - DOWNLOAD ALL CONTENT

Cost - $119

MEET ROBERT KELLEY - ARTIST/CREATIVE GUIDE

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I am Rob Kelley and I am a fine artist/illustrator with a focus on portraiture! I live in Stockton, California, and am a single dad to three children. I studied graphic design at UC Davis and then went on to study illustration at Academy of Art in San Francisco. Although I have had an extensive education in art, I abandoned art for most of my adult life.   That changed, 4 years ago, when my life hit a dramatic shift. At this time, I began looking at why I was in a constant state of low-level unhappiness and discovered that I had abandoned my true and authentic self. I knew that the one thing I needed that had been missing was art! Since then, I have adopted a sink or swim mentality!

PRIVATE GROUP JUST FOR YOU!

 

This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open!  I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!

COURSE SUPPLIES

Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ACCESSING CLASSES:

**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account.  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY 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/

**If your course does not show up, please email us at karabullockart@gmail.com

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

14 reviews for CHARCOAL PORTRAITS 101

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Habros

    I was foreign to charcoal prior to taking Robert’s class. I actually thought that I disliked the medium until…Robert! He has such a wonderful, non-judgemental approach to teaching, and he covers everything, starting from the basics, ensuring that you are building a strong foundation. Long story short…I fell in love with charcoal. So much so that I travelled from Ontario, Canada to Kara’s studio in Southern California in August to take Robert’s in-studio class after taking the online class. Charcoal is now the primary medium that I work in. If I could, I would take every single course offerred by Robert. Jump in with both feet, enjoy the class and Robert’s easygoing banter.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    gigamarie (verified owner)

    It’s a very interesting course. I learned to let go. The results with charcoal are magical and Robert Kelley is a very good teacher. I love his works.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Louise Thorpe

    I think this course is a brilliant foundation for the medium of charcoal. Robert ‘s lessons have shown me a completely different way to use charcoal which is so effective. I think this is a course I will keep returning to.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Roswitha de Luarca (verified owner)

    For anyone who loves charcoal, this class is a must. Robert Kelley gives first a very deep, professional explanation about materials and the technique itself. Then the exercises are given in a progressional way, so that they are easier to follow, ending with a wrap up exercise in which all the steps are involved. One of the best charcoal courses ever to loosen up and get much more confident with your marks. You’ll love it

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    LinMujaj (verified owner)

    If you want to improve your charcoal portraits I recommend you take this course. I was blown away by the depth of improvement I achieved and the beautiful work others in the Facebook group were producing.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Libbi Corson (verified owner)

    I can not say enough about this course! I loved charcoal before I took this class and Robert did not disappoint. His style of teaching was perfect for me. I learned to let shadows and light carve out the face vs using any hard edges or lines. He introduced me to a new way of seeing and I will be forever grateful. My portraits (in all mediums) have risen to another level because of this class. It will be my main charcoal reference class for a very long time.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glen Collingwood (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed doing this course with Robert Kelley..On a practical level he introduced me to new ways of manipulating the charcoal e.g.with a brush or acetone . On an artistic level he has a wonderfully loose style which results in a dreamy mysterious picture. Definitely a course worth doing.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    suelichter (verified owner)

    Outstanding content. Brilliant teaching . So loved everything about this class .

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catherine Valenti (verified owner)

    Seriously a must! This class is a must for your artistic growth. Since taking Roberts class I can honestly say my work improved leaps and bounds. He is an amazing teacher that shares so much of his knowledge without any hesitation. So grateful I took this class!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    silkartisan (verified owner)

    I really had no experience with charcoal when I took this course and I wasn’t sure I would like it because I thought it would be too messy, however the way Robert uses the medium it was actually much less messy/dusty than I thought it would be. I also found that it was so much easier to develop realistic features with the charcoal because it is so forgiving. Great class, lots of info. If you love creating portraits I think you will love this class!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    kpixiewings (verified owner)

    I am blown away by what I accidentally learned even from the first lesson. The way Robert explains things really just sneaks in and then, boom…understanding! It is easy to replicate ideas over and over, good practice for your mind and hand. But what Robert does is actually make you understand the why and then the how, something just clicked for me! I am grateful that Kara Bullock offered the opportunity to take this class, and to Robert Kelley for teaching it!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Renee Mueller (verified owner)

    This class is outstanding! Robert is a very generous teacher who enthusiastically shares his beautiful techniques. I love charcoal and found new and interesting ways to work with this beautiful medium. This class is for anyone, at any level, who is interested in creating beautiful charcoal portraits. It is a class that you can reference time and again.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    JMelanson (verified owner)

    Oh my goodness, I love this class. I hadn’t picked up a piece of charcoal in about 40 years but I did a lot of charcoal drawing back in the day. Once I picked up the charcoal to participate in this class, it was like coming home. My art is a little shaky and out of practice for the moment, but I can see it coming back. I respect Robert Kelley and his abilities, of course. His portraits are so beautiful and open my eyes to a new way of doing portraits. Thank you, Robert and Kara, too, for hosting this class. I appreciate you both. Peace

  14. Rated 2 out of 5

    christenvla (verified owner)

    I purchased this class to help me learn about charcoal portraits. Robert does a fine job for others, but his style is not for me. I had read all the reviews and thought wow this is just what I need, not, I felt his drawings were half finished and each lesson was a repeat of the first, sure he had different references but, He was just not an instructor for me. I feel I had wasted my money and time.

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