CHARCOAL PORTRAITS 201
- Course is Open
- Instructor – Robert Kelley
- 4 Lessons/5+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Course Price – $99
TIRED OF USING THE SAME OLD CHARCOAL TECHNIQUE IN YOUR STUDIO? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO USE CHARCOAL?
So many people believe that there is a limited way to use charcoal in their portrait work. However, I keep discovering that there are countless ways to use charcoal in your portraits. I have been experimenting with charcoal, alone, for years now. Just when I believe I have exhausted my exploration, I find a new and exciting approach! I guess that is why I find it so exhilarating after all of this time! In Charcoal Portraits 201, I will share with you a new technique that I discovered by playing in my studio! I can't wait to share this all with you!
By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:
- Experiment with charcoal and alcohol
- Create an abstracted charcoal background
- Work with positive and negative shapes in portraits
- Explore layering charcoal to create range in value and depth
- Learn to problem-solve in your portraits
- Understand that there is more than one way to approach an issue in your portraits
- Realize that issues don't go away and must be dealt with at some point, better sooner than later
MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course is for the artist that already has a good foundation for drawing portraits. If you have a good understanding of drafting and values, then you are ready for this course!
This course will have 3 full-length, real-time demonstrations. I will show you how to complete a charcoal wash and then how to sculpt your portrait right into the abstracted wash you have created. This way of working has brought me so much excitement! I am still finding new ways to manipulate the medium in this way!
This purpose of this course is really to explore charcoal in a way that is unfamiliar to you. Be ready to use what you know, and add new tools to your skill set! The desired outcome for this course is really just to help you to see that charcoal is not limited and to encourage you to begin experimenting more on your own! I am looking forward to seeing what you create from this class!
LIFETIME ACCESS - DOWNLOAD ALL CONTENT
Cost - $99
DESCRIPTION OF DEMONSTRATIONS
This class is a series of demonstrations in which I share with you a method that I have been experimenting with since late 2018. I had used alcohol in the past with a spray bottle, but I wanted to know what more I could do. The class will begin with a brief description of supplies. I will share about all of the tools that I always have at my disposal, and how they are used in my portraits.
Next, we will move into the charcoal wash! I could do these for days! I will demonstrate for you a couple of different washes just so that you can familiarize yourself with how I create these abstracted backgrounds.
Finally, I will demonstrate three portraits for you working from royalty free images, that you can use, too! I will also choose three different washes that I create. In each portrait, I will show you how I:
- work in the positive and negative spaces
- work from shapes
- utilize various tools to help me achieve what I am looking for
- problem-solve over and over again
- make editing decisions
- and so much more
By the end of this class, you should have a good handle on how to create the washes. I also believe that you will have a great understanding of how to approach various angles in a portrait. It is my hope that you will leave this class realizing that you don't have to render out every single detail in a portrait. It is okay to leave some parts for the viewer to fill in! Most importantly, we are going to HAVE FUN!
LIFETIME ACCESS - DOWNLOAD ALL CONTENT
Cost - $99
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.
- 18x24 Strathmore 400 series
- Vine and willow 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
- Isopropyl alcohol - rubbing alcohol
- Cotton balls
- Q tips
- Soft cloth