12 Charcoal Techniques

12 Charcoal Techniques

Learn how to draw with charcoal & create realistic artwork | taught by Cindy Wider
  • 65 Videos
  • 6 Texts
  • 28 PDFs
  • 25.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Introduction
General Overview of the Course
12 Charcoal Techniques Book
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Week 1 - The Twelve Charcoal Techniques
89:25
Introduction to Week 1
Introduction to Charcoal (including course art materials list)
Art Materials Video (part 1)
Art Materials Video (part 2)
Exercises for Week 1: Twelve Charcoal Techniques
Technique 1 (pdf): Covering Large Areas with Willow Charcoal
Technique 1 (video): Covering Large Area with Willow Charcoal
Technique 2 (pdf): Covering Medium Sized Areas with Willow Charcoal
Technique 2 (video) Covering Medium Sized Areas with Willow Charcoal
Technique 3 (pdf): Covering Small Areas with Willow Charcoal
Technique 3 (video): Covering Small Area with Willow Charcoal
Technique 4 (pdf): Drawing Fine Lines with Willow Charcoal
Technique 4 (video): Drawing Fine Lines with Willow Charcoal
Technique 5 (pdf): Drawing Fine Lines with Charcoal Pencil
Technique 5 (video): Drawing Fine Lines with Charcoal Pencil
Technique 6 (pdf): Creating Gradations with Blending
Technique 6 (video): Creating Graduations with Blending
Technique 7 (pdf): Creating Soft Edges with Blending
Technique 7 (video): Creating Soft Edges with Blending
Technique 8 (pdf): Creating Hard Edges
Technique 8 (video): Creating Hard Edges
Technique 9 (pdf): Hatching Lines with Willow Charcoal and Charcoal Pencil
Technique 9 (video): Hatching Lines with Willow Charcoal and Charcoal Pencil
Technique 10 (pdf): Lines with Variations in Widths
Technique 10 (video): Lines with Variations in Widths
Technique 11 (pdf): Erasing Techniques
Technique 11 (video): Erasing Techniques
Technique 12 (pdf): White Conte and White Charcoal Techniques
Technique 12 (video): White Conte and White Charcoal Techniques
Summary for Week 1
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Week 2 - Drawing Hair
129:02
Introduction to Week 2 (pdf)
Step by Step Instructions for Long Hair (pdf)
Long Hair: Step 1
Long Hair: Step 2
Long Hair: Step 3 (part a)
Long Hair: Step 3 (part b)
Long Hair: Step 4 (part a)
Long Hair: Step 4 (part b)
Create a template for the Head Shape (pdf)
Step by Step Instructions for Short Hair (pdf)
Short Hair: Steps 1 and 2
Short Hair: Step 3
Short Hair: Step 4
Step by Step Instructions for Curly Hair (pdf)
Curly Hair: Steps 1,2 and 3
Curly Hair: Step 4
Curly Hair: Steps 5 and 6
Curly Hair: Step 7
Curly Hair: Step 8
Summary for Week 2
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Week 3 - Drawing Objects
202:08
Introduction to Week 3
Step by Step instructions for Large Urn (pdf)
Large Urn - Step 1
Large Urn - Step 2
Large Urn - Step 3
Large Urn - Step 4 (part a)
Large Urn - Step 4 (part b)
Large Urn - Step 5 (part a)
Large Urn - Step 5 (part b)
Large Urn - Step 6
Large Urn - Step 7
Large Urn - Step 8
Step by Step Instructions for Wooden Post (pdf)
Wooden Post - Step 1
Wooden Post - Step 2 (part a)
Wooden Post - Step 2 (part b)
Wooden Post - Step 2 (part c)
Wooden Post - Step 3
Wooden Post - Step 4
Wooden Post - Step 5
Wooden Post - Step 6 (part a)
Wooden Post - Step 6 (part b)
Step by Step instructions for Drapery (pdf)
Drapery: Step 1
Drapery: Steps 2 and 3
Drapery: Step 4 (part a)
Drapery: Step 4 (part b) and Step 5
Summary for Week 3
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Weeks 4 and 5 - Portraiture Project
147:28
Introduction to Weeks 4 and 5 (pdf)
Step by Step Instructions for the Self Portrait
Step by Step Instructions for the Self Portrait (pdf)
Portrait Project - Initial Guidelines
Portrait Project - Basic Outlines
Portrait Project - The Final Outline (part a)
Portrait Project - The Final Outline (part b)
Portrait Project - Shading Eyes
Portrait Project - Shading Eyes (continued) and Forehead
Portrait Project - Shading the Nose
Portrait Project - Shading the Nose (continued)
Portrait Project - Shading around the face
Portrait Project - Drawing Lips / Shading Cheek and Neck
Portrait Project - Hair (part a)
Portrait Project - Hair (part b)
Portrait Project - Neck and Clothes
Portrait Project - Hightlights
Example Self Portraits (pdf)
Course Conclusion
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Course description

This complete charcoal drawing course provides you with the 12 powerful but easy to learn techniques you need to create realistic drawings in charcoal, taking you from your first tentative fine lines in charcoal right through to creating your own fully rendered confident self portrait.

The course starts with the basic fundamental techniques and builds step-by-step towards your final portrait project. Once you have mastered the quick and easy techniques in this course you will be able to combine them to create a wide range of textures and draw all kinds of things.

This course contains a complete downloadable copy of Cindy Widers '12 Charcoal Techniques' book which contains the reference images used in the exercises. Step-by-step videos support the content of the book. Alternatively you can read and download the relevant individual parts of the book then watch the step by step videos as you progress through the course.

To complete the course you will need some basic charcoal drawing supplies which are described in the course materials and are readily available from art shops or from online art stores. A printer is also useful to print the course pdfs containing step-by-step instructions and reference photos from which you will be measuring.

The course is conveniently divided into five separate weeks of study. Students generally take around 20 to 25 hours to complete the course so you can complete it with approximately 5 hours study per week (of course you can go faster or slower if you want).

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Instructor

Cindy Wider
Cindy Wider
DrawPj.com Co-founder

Cindy is a professional artist, author and art instructor with over 20 years of experience of sharing her passion for art with her students. As one of the internet’s most experienced instructors teaching on-line since 2008 she is the co-founder of DrawPj.com along with her husband and fellow artist Stuart Wider. Her unique method of teaching students how to draw is known as ‘The Cindy Wider Method’.