AUTOPLAY
Drawing: Charcoal Pencils On Toned Paper
27 steps
What you’ll need
3 (hard, medium, and soft)
Charcoal Pencils
1
Tortillian or Blending Stump (optional)
1 or more
White Charcoal Pencil
2 sheets
Toned Drawing Paper
1
Eraser
Let’s get to know our materials.
1. Let’s get to know our materials.
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1: eraser 2: toned paper 3: hard, medium, soft and white charcoal pencils 4: optional blending stump
2. 1: eraser 2: toned paper 3: hard, medium, soft and white charcoal pencils 4: optional blending stump
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Charcoal pencil test: first hard, then medium, then soft. They get darker and easier to smudge.
3. Charcoal pencil test: first hard, then medium, then soft. They get darker and easier to smudge.
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Did you notice that none of them erased very well? Dark charcoal marks don’t erase fully.
4. Did you notice that none of them erased very well? Dark charcoal marks don’t erase fully.
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Let’s try our white pencil. Mine doesn’t smudge much and erases pretty well.
5. Let’s try our white pencil. Mine doesn’t smudge much and erases pretty well.
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Let’s try some shading, blending, hatching and cross-hatching.
6. Let’s try some shading, blending, hatching and cross-hatching.
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Now practice shading, blending, hatching and cross-hatching with your medium charcoal pencil.
7. Now practice shading, blending, hatching and cross-hatching with your medium charcoal pencil.
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Try adding in your hard pencil for midtones and your white pencil for lights to get a full gradient.
8. Try adding in your hard pencil for midtones and your white pencil for lights to get a full gradient.
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Did you catch how I layered shading and blending with my stump? You can also blend with your finger.
9. Did you catch how I layered shading and blending with my stump? You can also blend with your finger.
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Here is a graph of the properties of each of our tools.
10. Here is a graph of the properties of each of our tools.
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Let’s do a quick practice drawing. I’ll draw this tiny porcelain cat with a bright light on it.
11. Let’s do a quick practice drawing. I’ll draw this tiny porcelain cat with a bright light on it.
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I’ll start by sketching the outlines lightly with my hard charcoal pencil.
12. I’ll start by sketching the outlines lightly with my hard charcoal pencil.
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Now I’ll use the white pencil to do the highlights and the bright white ground, avoiding my shadows.
13. Now I’ll use the white pencil to do the highlights and the bright white ground, avoiding my shadows.
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Now I’ll switch to my medium charcoal pencil to add more to the shadows.
14. Now I’ll switch to my medium charcoal pencil to add more to the shadows.
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Despite being a quick sketch, it’s very dimensional.
15. Despite being a quick sketch, it’s very dimensional.
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Let’s start our drawing. I do a first pass of my drawing very lightly with my hard charcoal pencil.
16. Let’s start our drawing. I do a first pass of my drawing very lightly with my hard charcoal pencil.
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Now I do my highlights with my white pencil. The blank paper under my right hand prevents smearing.
17. Now I do my highlights with my white pencil. The blank paper under my right hand prevents smearing.
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Now I do my darks with medium and soft pencils. I’m just shading and hatching, no stump blending.
18. Now I do my darks with medium and soft pencils. I’m just shading and hatching, no stump blending.
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All done! You can add blending for a smoother look, but I like the look of the lines.
19. All done! You can add blending for a smoother look, but I like the look of the lines.
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Here are a few more examples. You can be much looser with your hatching and still have cool result.
20. Here are a few more examples. You can be much looser with your hatching and still have cool result.
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Strong direction in your hatching can create an active composition.
21. Strong direction in your hatching can create an active composition.
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This drawing combines white charcoal with a regular pencil.
22. This drawing combines white charcoal with a regular pencil.
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Here is white charcoal with pen. It’s fun to have a dramatic light effect to capture with the white.
23. Here is white charcoal with pen. It’s fun to have a dramatic light effect to capture with the white.
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Doing only white, no blacks at all, gives a delicate effect.
24. Doing only white, no blacks at all, gives a delicate effect.
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The color of your paper can give a portrait life if it matches the skin tone of the subject.
25. The color of your paper can give a portrait life if it matches the skin tone of the subject.
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Making your background black can really make the light pop in a drawing.
26. Making your background black can really make the light pop in a drawing.
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One last example of one of my charcoal drawings on toned paper. Good luck with your drawings!
27. One last example of one of my charcoal drawings on toned paper. Good luck with your drawings!
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