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Realistic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners

How to Recreate a Realistic Landscape in Charcoal from a Photograph
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 18m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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This course teaches a nice balance of the mechanics involved with making a beautiful landscape drawing in charcoal, but also having an interpretive, artistic mindset while doing it.  It discusses what to focus on, embrace and likewise, abandon as you’re drawing.  We will explore how to find the “art” in art-making, how to understand and effectively utilize some basic techniques, but be guided by the spirit of your subject.  It is meant for the complete novice equipped with basic art materials.  It is also meant to be a concise, efficient class that offers lots of great information in a small amount of time.
You will be carefully supported and guided through the entire process, from discussing which materials you will need, onto accurate measuring in order to replicate the image realistically.  From there we will walk through how to add value including shading. When we are finished, you will walk away with a new set of skills you can use to create more beautiful drawings.

You will learn

✓ You will come away from this class with your own beautiful interpretation of this image rendered in charcoal
✓ You will also acquire the skills it takes to render this image including how to draw a simple, realistic landscape
✓ How to layer and build values in charcoal
✓ How to control the medium (i.e. create sharp edges or blended ones)
✓ How to replicate a manmade object (wooden rowboat) and create natural textures such as water, clouds, and distant brush
✓ How to create believable shadows and highlights on those surfaces


• This class requires an open mind and an enthusiasm for learning to draw
• This class is for beginners, no experience is necessary

This course is for

• The complete beginner or the charcoal dabbler who wants to acquire skills in realistic drawing techniques
Artist and Art Teacher
Diane Flick majored in art during college and went on to graduate school, receiving her M.A. in Humanities with a creative study emphasis in 2001. She has been making art her whole life and teaching art to children and adults since 2005. She loves to share this joy with  folks who are  interested in the same. 
In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, playing her ukulele, dancing, and wearing wigs while talking about herself in the third person.  Though truth be told, she hasn’t actually tried that last bit about the third person self-talk yet.  She conceived of it upon writing this and is now anxious to give it a go.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 1h 18m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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