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Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere

A course by Sarah Stokes , Artist

Artist. Upper Arley, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020

Learn how to create powerful and dramatic portraits with charcoal

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Learn how to create powerful and dramatic portraits with charcoal

A course by Sarah Stokes

The difference between a standard charcoal portrait and an atmospheric one is simple: the latter has the power to stop people in their tracks and awaken their senses. Sarah Stokes is an artist with a powerful eye for creating unique charcoal portraits that are filled with mystery and wonder.

In this course, Sarah shows you how to use charcoal to create captivating compositions with singular details and make your portraiture more expressive. Using a photo reference, charcoal, and everyday objects like cotton buds, nail varnish remover, and more, you’ll discover innovative techniques for creating powerful portraits.

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What will you learn in this online course?

22 lessons & 21 downloads

  • 99% positive reviews (1K)
  • 22629 students
  • 22 lessons (4h 2m)
  • 21 additional resources (12 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a contemporary charcoal portrait using various tools to create mood and atmosphere.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for illustrators and anybody who would like to enhance their illustrations or portraits by learning and experimenting with different charcoal techniques.

Requirements and materials

Some experience in portraiture will be useful but is not obligatory. Sarah begins this course with the absolute basics.

As for materials, you will need willow charcoal sticks, charcoal powder (optional), compressed charcoal sticks, a 6B pencil, some erasers, an electric eraser (optional), white charcoal or a white gel pen, acetone with a spray bottle, an old stiff brush for blending, cotton buds, a small blending stump, a craft knife, a sanding block to sharpen charcoal pencils, spare paper to prevent smudging, fixing spray, a ruler, a pencil, Strathmore paper or a line and washboard, a printer, photo paper, cardboard to make a home-made L frame, and a few large soft brushes (either makeup or watercolor brushes).


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Sarah Stokes

A course by Sarah Stokes

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Sarah Stokes is a self-taught artist from the Midlands region in England, a place where she finds inspiration and creates work that is full of life. From a young age, Sarah has always been her happiest when painting and drawing, using her creativity to build a successful business career before deciding to return to what she loved most.

She has created artwork for bands, restaurants, breweries, and schools, as well as giftware for clients like Enesco. Her work is exhibited in Whitewall Galleries, Clarendon Fine Art, and several independent galleries. Sarah’s prints can also be found worldwide in places like Next, Wayfair, and on Amazon.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do in This Course
  • U2

    Materials, Tone and How to Draw an Eye in Charcoal

    • Exploring Materials and Equipment
    • How to Use Your Materials 1
    • How to Use Your Materials 2
    • How to Train Your Eyes to See Tonal Values
    • Creating a Tonal Value Tool
    • Gridding and Drawing an Eye
    • Applying Charcoal to the Drawing
  • U3

    Image Choices and How to Draw Our Initial Sketch onto Paper

    • The Essence of an Atmospheric Portrait and Where to Get Our Inspiration
    • Chose a Photograph and Make It Charcoal Friendly
    • Gridding Up the Face
  • U4

    Applying the Charcoal

    • First Layers and Golden Rules for Applying Charcoal 1
    • First Layers and Golden Rules for Applying Charcoal 2
    • Blending and Reestablishing Lights and Darks 1
    • Blending and Reestablishing Lights and Darks 2
    • Render Hair and Abstract Elements 1
    • Render Hair and Abstract Elements 2
  • U5

    How to Take Your Skills to the Next Level

    • The Importance of Composition in Drawing
    • Fixing and Scanning Your Work
    • Let's Experiment
  • FP

    Final project

    • Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere

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Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere. Illustration course by Sarah Stokes Best seller

Artistic Charcoal Portraiture: Creating Atmosphere

A course by Sarah Stokes
Artist. Upper Arley, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (1K)
  • 22629 students