September 28, 2011

Charcoal demo

My head drawing class starts next week and for those of you further out I have a video demo coming soon. Otherwise here's a step by step charcoal drawing for you to have a look at:





I've darkened the line drawing significantly here so you can see it, the original is very light. There's a little bit of red prismacolor lay in then a Ritmo B charcoal pencil.


Lay in with a compressed charcoal stick.


Half tones blended in. This is all done with my fingers guys, it's not a pretty process but it's the way I like it.



Finishing with compressed charcoal, a Pitt Charcoal pencil for details and a kneaded eraser for highlights.
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26 comments:

  1. Amazing, i love you work, so nice!

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  2. Toria4:04 PM

    I am always spellbound by your charcoal portraits.
    Love seeing the steps. Do you have any videos showing you working? (I'm on the wrong side of the planet to attend a live workshop)

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  3. Masterfully executed. Your edges flow so beautifully around the form.

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  4. beautiful! thanks for sharing

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  5. Thanks a lot for the step by step. As Toria, I'm waiting for the video demo.

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  6. Thanks for sharing. I always like looking at that structural early sketch.

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  7. Very interesting post and I love your works! I'm your new follower.

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  8. You are an inspiration sir!!! I have made me to improve so much. Thanks a lot for the lovely content on your blog.

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  9. This is beautiful, Nathan.Thanks for sharing the process.

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  10. Great Stuff! Can't wait for your video, do you know when it might be available?

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  11. Stephen5:57 PM

    Excellent news! Will there be other videos to follow, such as head painting, composition, color theory, etc?

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  12. Toria6:18 AM

    Wow sorry I missed your comment about an upcoming video. I am looking forward to seeing it.

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  13. The facial features are drawn well.

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  15. Thoroughly Awesome! Looking forward to the Video!

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  16. This is beautiful. Thank you so much for the free demo!

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  17. Anonymous12:55 PM

    love your work! What brand of compress charcoal do you use?

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  18. Anonymous12:58 PM

    also what type of paper is best for charcoal portaits?

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  19. This can't have effect in actual fact, that's exactly what I suppose.

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  20. Thanks for the step by step. As always its great instruction.

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  22. Wonderful post. If only I'd of come across something as wise and straightforward when I was starting out! See you at the reading!

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