This course teaches a nice balance of the mechanics involved with making a beautiful landscape drawing in charcoal, but also having an interpretive, artistic mindset while doing it. It discusses what to focus on, embrace and likewise, abandon as you’re drawing. We will explore how to find the “art” in art-making, how to understand and effectively utilize some basic techniques, but be guided by the spirit of your subject. It is meant for the complete novice equipped with basic art materials. It is also meant to be a concise, efficient class that offers lots of great information in a small amount of time.
You will be carefully supported and guided through the entire process, from discussing which materials you will need, onto accurate measuring in order to replicate the image realistically. From there we will walk through how to add value including shading. When we are finished, you will walk away with a new set of skills you can use to create more beautiful drawings.
Welcome to Realistic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners!
In this course you will learn how to draw a simple scene with charcoal. You will learn how to apply and manipulate charcoal, and how to create textures in charcoal. This is a great course if you want to learn measuring techniques for more accuracy in your drawing, or if you've ever been frustrated with charcoal and want to acquire skills to make it smoother and more fun.
I hope you enjoy the course!
In this section, you'll learn how to set up your area and materials for the class.
This video will discuss the materials you will need.
Here we'll discuss how to think about your process for a successful and enjoyable experience.
Here, I'll introduce the concept of measuring from the reference photo to create a relatively accurate drawing.
Here we'll discuss how to connect to your image to feel inspired during your drawing experience.
In this section, I'll introduce and offer practice for measuring both distances and angles. We will use both of these skills in making our drawings.
Here, we'll measure and draw in the lines in the background.
In this section, I'll walk you through measuring and drawing in the island in the background.
Here we'll draw in the basic shape for the rowboat.
In this section, we'll draw in the shape for the boat's reflection on the water.
Here, we'll start to add the horizontal slats in the boat.
In this section, we'll add the details in the boat's edges.
Here we'll finish off the boat slats and do finishing drawing touches.
In this lecture, we'll talk about why and how to start adding charcoal with a single, light layer of tone over the whole drawing.
Here I'll show you how to add value to the sky with vine charcoal.
Here, we'll start adding value to the water with vine charcoal.
Here we'll add value to the mountains first with vine charcoal and then with the charcoal pencil.
In this lecture, we'll go step-by-step into coloring the island, including adding tree texture and the reflection in the water.
Here, we'll add the highlight at the horizon by removing value.
In this lecture, we'll add the reflection of the boat on the water.
Here, we'll add the basic values on the boat.
In this section, we'll refine and darken shadows.
Here, we'll erase to add highlights.
In this section, we'll refine edges by sharpening or blurring as needed.
We're almost done! Time to add the boat's chain and sign your piece (if you'd like to).
Here we'll talk about thoughts on framing and cleaning up (or not cleaning up) marks outside your drawn frame.
Diane Julia Flick majored in art during college and went on to graduate school, receiving her M.A. in Humanities with a creative study emphasis in 2001. She has been making art her whole life and teaching art to children and adults since 2005. She loves to share this joy with folks who are interested in the same.
In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, playing her ukulele, dancing, and wearing wigs while talking about herself in the third person. Though truth be told, she hasn’t actually tried that last bit about the third person self-talk yet. She conceived of it upon writing this and is now anxious to give it a go.