Observational Charcoal Drawing is one of the best ways to improve your accuracy and add to your understanding of value.
In this week’s Adult and Teen class, we sharpened both these skills by drawing from still-life setups.
I started by showing them some of my old charcoal drawings. These were drawn from life while I was a student at Gage Academy of Art.
Working on tinted paper, we used charcoal and followed these steps to create a value drawing:
It was the first time many students had drawn from “real life” and worked with charcoal. They did a great job! Here is a look at their work:
Jamie Lightfoot is an oil painter and owner of Picket Fence Art Studio.