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  • Artist – Robert Kelley
  • 9+ Hours of content
  • Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
  • Private group for this class
  • Course Price – $149
  • 4 Live Events –  must purchase by June 19th to access
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Wouldn't it Be Awesome to Learn a Drawing Process that Could Be Used with Any Subject Matter? Look No Further....


Join Robert Kelley in, The Art of Charcoal - Essential Skills for All Subjects, a comprehensive course where he shares his six-step framework for drawing any subject matter in charcoal. Beginning with inventorying your photo reference, Robert guides you through his thought process for making editing decisions:  What information should I leave in, and what can be left out? Next, Robert will move into intentional drafting to ensure accurate proportions. Next, a key component to Robert’s process is to block in the big shapes, adding structure to your drawing. The course progresses with techniques for adding value and depth, bringing your work to life. Finally, Robert teaches you how to refine and add personal style to your piece. This course will also have four live sessions with Robert!  These are included if you sign up by the class opening date!  By following Robert's methodical approach, online and LIVE, you'll gain the confidence to draw anything you desire, enhancing your charcoal drawing skills significantly.  




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

  • Find inspiration in the world around you
  • Manipulate photos to create more interest
  • Demonstrate an understanding of value
  • Explore the color wheel - understand color theory
  • Paint a portrait from your own photo reference
  • Create interest and depth in your artwork
  • Experiment with a primary palette
  • Become a master at mixing paint to create the color you need


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In Robert Kelley's latest class, you'll get to see him in action as he creates two different pieces: a portrait and a still life. He'll start by showing you his six-step process with a portrait, beginning with a reference photo. Robert will explain how he looks at the photo and decides what to keep and what to leave out before he starts drawing. He'll talk you through his thoughts on what to include and omit, focusing on the story behind the piece. You'll learn how to figure out the story of your artwork from the very beginning, making decisions about what to include, leave out, and how to handle the gray areas.   One of the main points to this class is really learning how to have focal points and supporting roles in your artwork, sort of like main characters and supporting roles in a story!

Next, you'll watch him go through the next five steps to his process: drafting, blocking in shapes, adding depth and value, refining the drawing, and finishing with style and details.  You will not miss a single beat.


In the second project, you'll watch Robert use the same process for drawing a still life. In this project, it will become very clear how layers upon layers of varying values create depth in an artwork. While the same is true in a portrait, the still life will particularly highlight how to make the subject come forward while keeping the background elements out of focus. You'll see that no matter the subject, Robert follows the same steps every time. By learning his method, you can confidently draw anything you want!

If you are ready to learn how to create compelling stories in your artwork, make critical editing decisions, and understand the importance of focal points and supporting roles, then THE ART OF CHARCOAL with Robert is for you! By following Robert's detailed process, you'll gain the skills to add depth, value, and personal style to your drawings, whether it's a portrait or a still life. This course will equip you with the confidence and techniques to draw anything you desire with precision and creativity.  By the end of this class, you'll be a more skilled draftsman and designer, enabling you to create more successful and impactful artwork!


 Also included if you purchase by June 19th…

Four LIVE webinars with Rob where he will offer:


Answer Your Questions

Send in your questions ahead of time and have them answered live by Rob!


Robert will help you live!  If you have a question about a certain technique or need more in-depth help to the class, he will demonstrate in a live call!

Student Critique

Robert will critique a select amount of student work to give direct feedback on how to make an artwork more successful - two calls dedicated to critiquing student work live.  Work must be submitted one week prior to call.  Not all students will be selected.


June 27th @ 10am PT

July 2nd @ 2pm PT

July 11th @ 7pm PT

July 16th @ 11am PT

Restrictions Apply:  All live events will be recorded so that students may replay at a later date.  Students much purchase prior to the course launch date to access the live events AND replays.  If you do not purchase prior to the launch date, then live events will not be included in your purchase.  Must purchase by June 19th.


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Cost - $149




Rob Kelley is a fine artist/illustrator with a focus on portraiture! He lives in Stockton, California, and is a single dad to three children. Rob studied graphic design at UC Davis and then went on to study illustration at Academy of Art in San Francisco. Although he has had an extensive education in art, he abandoned it for most of his adult life.   That changed in 2014, when his life hit a dramatic shift. At that time, he began looking at why he was in a constant state of low-level unhappiness and discovered that he had abandoned his true and authentic self. He knew that the one thing he needed that had been missing was art! Since then, Rob has adopted a sink or swim mentality!  He now creates full-time as an artist.  He also offers online courses through Kara Bullock Art School.  To give back to his community, Rob offers a FREE workshop every Wednesday night at The Catalyst in downtown Stockton.  It is his desire to help others find the joy in creating!


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


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.


**Upon purchasing your course, you will be asked to create an account and go through the purchase process (even if the cost is $0 for a free course).  If you have already created an account, after purchase your course will IMMEDIATELY be available under “LOGIN” at the top right-hand of

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

**Please talk to the artist of the course about his/her policy on selling artwork created in this course prior to selling any works created during course.  Some artists will allow it, while others do not.  Thank you for your support.


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