What supplies do you need to draw with charcoal? Simply put, you really only need charcoal and paper but I thought I would put together a list of the supplies I like to use. I recommend having vine charcoal and compressed charcoal (pencils or sticks). Blending stumps and paper towel or tissue. For erasers I like having a kneaded eraser, an eraser pencil (for details) and a gum or white eraser for larger areas. For paper, you can use bristol, watercolor, drawing paper or pastel paper. What other supplies do you like to use when working with charcoal?
I recently found a pretty great video on eye level as it pertains to perspective and learning to train your artistic eye. If you watch the video, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Join me on Tuesday, September 22 at 5pm MST for an introductory course on drawing with charcoal. We will discuss the different types of charcoal and how they can be used to create fun and expressive drawings! Charcoal comes in black and white and can easily be mixed with soft pastels or conte crayons to get more color variations. It's fun to try charcoal on toned paper as well, especially when using white. If you are unable to make the live class, it will be posted on demand for you to view on your own! Let me know if you have any questions about charcoal in the comments below.
Join me on Saturday at 11am MST this week and learn how to paint a sphere! I recommend using either acrylic or gouache for this exercise, but watercolor can work as well (the process is just slightly different). I will be using coldpress watercolor paper and and acrylic paint in black and white. I will also be using some magenta for a wash color (any color will work for this). I hope to see you there, but if you can't make the live event look for it on demand to watch on your own time.
Below is one of my favorite TED Talks by the artist Phil Hansen called "Embrace the Shake." Phil talks about limitations being a source of creativity. It's about 10 minutes and totally worth the watch! Let me know what you think in the comments.
If you want to improve your shading skills with graphite, join me for a class on Monday 9/14/2020 at 5pm MST. This class is great for beginners and experienced artists alike, as it is always beneficial to brush up and hone basic shading skills. It's a great opportunity to try a new style of shading as well. You'll want some sketch or drawing paper and some drawing pencils. I recommend having at least an HB but I like to have a range of pencils, for example: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B.
Whether you are a beginning or seasoned artist, the painting and drawing club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your skills and share your passion for creating visual arts in a supportive virtual environment.
Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
looking for old posts?
search posts by month
search posts by topic