January 08, 2010

Charcoal Demo

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Anya. Compressed charcoal on rives paper.



1) Construction drawing. Being careful here allows for a confident stroke when I start using the compressed charcoal stick.


2) Establishing landmarks so as to not loose the drawing as the charcoal gets pushed around in later stages.


3) Value block in.


4) Smoothing values and touching up the drawing with the corner of the charcoal stick.


Wow, what a mess. This is one of the reasons I don't specifically encourage my technique. There are dozens of ways you can apply the medium. It's the principles of value (light and shadow), structure, edges and composition that really matter.


5) Final touch up with a kneaded eraser and charcoal stick.

56 comments:

  1. it is always interesting to look behind a work of an artist.
    thank you for sharing.

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  2. wow, thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Villard2:50 AM

    I love you.

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  4. Wow, thanks!

    You know what's funny?

    If you look carefuly you can see the lady sniggling behind the charcoal smudged hand. :-)

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  5. thank you Nathan for sharing.

    really an inspiration and guide to charcoal.

    *I've to get better at that construction stage though.

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  6. This is helpful Nathan. You give freely to us, thank you.
    I'm eager to try this approach.

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  7. I love these step-by-step demos.

    When you're working in charcoal, do you try to keep the side of your hand from resting on the page, or is it best to draw normally and fix resulting smudges later?

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  8. Thanks for taking the time to document and upload the steps. It adds so much. I thought the shadowed face looked challenging.

    Your work is beautiful.

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  9. Thank you! I've been following your blog because your charcoal work blows me away, and when I met compressed charcoal & subtractive drawing last year, it was LUV. (messy love. I always get hands that look like that, though not yet *results* anything like that.)

    Is the underdrawing just regular pencil?

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  10. Delightful!

    I do enjoy when you post your demos. Seeing your process is very helpful to aspiring artists.

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  11. Anonymous11:24 AM

    Outstanding. You have incredible talent, and it is amazing that you would take the time to share your technique with us. Thankyou Nathan :)

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  12. This is fantastic!!!
    This is very cool, great job! :-)
    I so love this picture!
    You - the real talent! Thank you :-)

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  13. Very impressive. For anyone who hasn't seen Nathan work, not only does he do these with finesse, but he does it extremely fast--almost naturally.

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  14. Oh man, that face popped out of no where with so much depth and form. So nice. Wonderful inspiring work as always!!

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  15. I'd love to see a video of you at work, and to see your process firsthand.

    Excellent drawing as always. I was a bit surprised to see such a large space between mouth and chin, but in the end it works perfectly.

    I need to work more on structure. Drawing a circle is simple, but then what's the relation between that and the length of the head, top to bottom? Is the top of the sphere the top of the head? The bottom should correspond to the bottom of the nose? And how do you get the eye placement right, especially when the head is turned or tilted? Is the head really five eye widths wide? - TASmith

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  16. it's astonishing! Love your process!

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  17. Superb! Great step-by-step--thanks!

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  18. I see that it is messy but for me that is a small price for that result. I can spot your work out of a thousand drawings. You dont even need to sign your work, your style is your signature. Btter yet your result is your signature.
    Thankyou for the demo. I have learned so much from your contruction lines.
    You should do a video on light falling across a subject a various angles in charcoal. I'd buy it.

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  19. Wow incredible..!

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  20. Superb as always Nathan

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  21. 30's Hollywood glamour served on a beautiful platter!

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  22. genius of epic proportions!

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  23. Very interesting technique you have here. Love the way it turned out for sure. You are a brave man for doing this for sure.

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  24. Your charcoal works have a great intensity...I love them

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  25. Charlotte6:36 AM

    I agree with those who say you should release a tutorial video demonstrating your technique, you are a master at what you do and many would benefit from your lessons, including those who can't actually attend your classes. Please think about it. This is a fine drawing, by the way, very passionate and beautiful.

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  26. Nathan, are you planning to do a charcoal demo live in one of the workshop you have in future? I would love to see it very much :p.
    You are awesome, as always!

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  27. amazing work and brilliant demo !

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  28. I'm breathless. I love how graphic it is.

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  29. Better than a photograph!

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  30. extraordinary work, impeccable. i love the shading and highlights, depth is beauty full, nice subject and composition, thanks for the WIP.

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  31. Nathan, can I ask you the size of the drawing? I found very hard to use compr.charcoal on small ones.

    Have I already said that your wroks are fantastic?

    I wish I were you...

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  32. Awesome as always, but don't be so dirty, man

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  33. You make it look so easy! What brand of charcoal and what degree of softness? I teach drawing at my community college and I want to know so I can make a recommendation to my students.

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  34. I'm just posting this comment because I feel left out if I don't.

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  35. that's friggin magical!

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  36. wow!!!!!!! excelent work!!! you are a master of draw!!!!

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  37. The accurate construction drawing underneath these tonal heads is very cool to see. I'd love to see what kind of underdrawing you use for a whole figure sometime.

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  38. Your charcoal work is amazing. Such an inspiration!

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  39. I don't know what post to put my first comment on, here... but WOW. THANK you.

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  40. that is just great. the presence in that picture is simply stunning.
    dang!

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  45. great technique...

    and awesome demo... thank you very very much!

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  46. your works are truly amazing, and really inspiration!

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  48. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on your work!
    That's some really nice stuff!

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