CHARCOAL PORTRAITS 101
- Class is Open
- Instructor – Robert Kelley
- 8 Lessons/7+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Course Price – $149
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!
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
- 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.
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.
COURSE IS OPEN!
Lifetime Access - Download All Content
Prerecorded - Work at Your Own Pace
Cost - $149
MEET ROBERT KELLEY - ARTIST/CREATIVE GUIDE
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!
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.
- Newsprint pad - 18x24
- 18x24 Strathmore 400 series
- Vine and willow charcoal
- General's Compressed charcoal
- General's Charcoal Pencils - variety (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
- Blending stumps asst. sizes
- Kneaded eraser
- Tombow mono zero eraser
- Inexpensive paint brushes soft to stiff
- Cotton balls
- Q tips
- Soft cloth
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