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video lesson on charcoal drawing.
I was inspired recently when I went to an art gallery show and saw some wonderful charcoal drawings. For so many of us, charcoal lessons were part of our first explorations of art making, but to see these highly finished charcoal drawing art pieces was a real treat.
The best of these works depicted the human form—there was a charcoal figure drawing, a charcoal portrait drawing, and several other pieces. You could tell the artist was fine-tuned to the gradation of light and dark. The drawings truly captured the light effects of the scene, and the model's skin seemed to glow.
This got me thinking that the nuances of value—and how wide that spectrum can be from lightest light to darkest dark—are best explored in a charcoal drawing lesson. Seeing a skilled artist conduct a charcoal drawing demonstration will greatly help you work with value in any medium, and this is where our free video, Charcoal Drawing Lessons: Learn How to Draw Charcoal Art and Improve Your Charcoal Drawings, comes in.
In Charcoal Drawing Lessons, you'll see how artist Chris Wynter takes the raw material of a still life and transforms it with attention to the finer details of a charcoal drawing. Wynter discusses charcoal drawing details such as the subtleties of value, edges, and creating a path of light all of which he uses to create a successful drawing.
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on charcoal drawing.
He gives practical advice on when hard or soft charcoal is appropriate—for me it's the latter all the way, because soft charcoal allows you to pull back on value with ease. Wynter also delves into how he enhances the surface of his charcoal drawing using erasers, cloths, and even his fingers. Seeing him get in there and really refine his charcoal drawing gave me a whole new impetus to explore this medium further and see what it can teach me.
Take a look at Charcoal Drawing Lessons: Learn How to Draw Charcoal Art and Improve Your Charcoal Drawings, and see if you feel the same way. Enjoy!