How To Sketch and Draw Realistic Birds in Charcoal
What you'll learn
- You'll learn how to select and prepare your reference image for drawing
- How to sketch out your drawing
- How to use black charcoal on white paper
- How to accurately shade and draw realistic birds in charcoal
- You will not need any prior knowledge in using charcoal as a medium. I have structured this class in a way that it is simple to understand for anyone, whether as a beginner or as an advanced artist.
Welcome to the second class in the Charcoal Series!
As always, this series is all about learning how to have fun with charcoal pencils and using them to create beautiful drawings! In this class, we shall be focused on creating a realistic bird using charcoal pencils.
Join me as I take you through my process of laying down the sketch just by observing the reference image, laying down the values, and finally bringing it all together to a final, striking piece of work.
This class may be geared more towards those with some experience in sketching. However, my previous class on how to sketch and draw a puppy in charcoal may be a good starting point in figuring out a simpler sketching method before advancing to the methods used in this class.
The basic materials needed are:
Charcoal pencils. Having 2-3 pencils of a variety of hardness is great. I mainly use my 6B, 4B, and 2B pencils, and sometimes add in my basic hard charcoal pencil.
Tombow mono zero eraser. If you can't get this, you can use a razor to shape a hard eraser into a slim point to make the bright highlight details.
Blending stumps. If you don't have this, you can use q-tips.
Any soft-bristled brush you have available. Anything between a size 4 and size 8 is enough.
Heavier, rough paper to draw on.
A piece of spare paper to prevent smudging.
You may want to use some kind of fixative spray on your work to avoid any kind of smudging and preserve your work.
Who this course is for:
- This course is perfect for beginner artists interested in learning how to use charcoal to create beautiful artwork.
Hi! My name is Chena, also known as LechenArt.
I'm based in Nairobi, Kenya and I'd say I'm pretty much a jack-of-all-trades. My background is in Civil Engineering, but art has always been my passion.
I wouldn't say that I am a self-taught artist as I have learned so much through the years from various resources and hours of practice (with lots of mess-ups!). That's why I know that my students can be able to learn and improve on their art, no matter their age or background.
I love exploring different mediums and subjects, so make sure to follow me as we explore and learn together. Never hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, and we can also connect on my Instagram.
See you in class.