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.


Irina said...

Bravo, Nathan!

Zépa said...

Amazing, i love you work, so nice!

Toria said...

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)

Deborah Elmquist said...

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

Anna Bron said...

beautiful! thanks for sharing

Lydie said...

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

DSM said...

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

Claudio Cerri said...

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

Manu Martin said...

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

Arti said...

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

tk said...

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

Stephen said...

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

Toria said...

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

Rose said...

The facial features are drawn well.

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Jose Emroca Flores said...

so nice.

Eli Hanselman said...

Thoroughly Awesome! Looking forward to the Video!

Deshmukh said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

also what type of paper is best for charcoal portaits?

muebles en aranjuez said...

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

Gabriel Hunt said...

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

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