In this article you will learn how to draw portraits with charcoal in easy step by step process. I was commissioned to do this family portrait using their photographs. The unique part here is that each of their face came from different pictures.

I just picked their best photo from the other pictures they showed me then I put them all together as if taken in one photograph. Of course you want to achieve excellence that in the future you will be able to draw the best family portraits. You will also master the correct renderings to draw faces with charcoal.

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How To Draw Portraits With Charcoal

  1. SKETCH IT – Then once I picked the best pictures I started sketching them one by one. The strategy that I used sketching it is by tracing the pictures and not by using the grid which I showed before. First I printed the head in the size that will look proportionate to the illustration board that I will apply the sketches on.
  2. TRACE THEM – I added some pencil renderings behind the printed pictures. I started tracing the facial lines using a pencil or even the best to use a pointed stick that does not leave any lines so that it won’t mess up the picture you are copying.
  3. CHECK PROPORTIONS – Then I finished tracing the rest of the other photographs and making sure that their proportions are correctly drawn. After that I applied the shadings to the face.

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4. PREPARE THE CHARCOAL POWDER – Before I did that I prepared the charcoal powder to use for the shadings. This is the secret in making a realistic effect to draw a charcoal portrait.To prepare the charcoal powder you have to get a charcoal compressed black chalk or black pastel. Then get a sandpaper preferably the fine one, then start rubbing your black pastel.You will then have to collect the fine residue caused by it. Use it by applying in your brush, then slowly apply your first shading on the face.

5. APPLY SHADINGS – Start by rendering the whole face slowly starting from very light to little by little going to the darker tones. Then I applied shadings to the other parts of the face like the nose, lips, eyes, ears, etc. In this stage it is also best to know how to draw the hair with charcoal. Check this tutorial on how to do it.

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 I advise you to go to my first portrait case study girl to learn the steps on how to apply shadings using charcoal powder.

This way you will see the detailed procedures on how to draw portraits with charcoal using brushes and the charcoal powder.






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In this video tutorial you will learn an easy way to apply shading techniques with pencil for portraits and using charcoal as the main medium. You will also learn a unique way to draw and shade realistic portrait with the use of brushes and charcoal powder. When you start drawing the face, use the pencil to sketch it and you will also use it in some areas where you need to render on top of the charcoal.

Don’t miss the earlier steps on how to draw and shade a portrait in charcoal. Click here to see all of them.

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Do you want to learn the techniques on how to draw portraits like a master? Click this image below and start learning how to draw realistic portraits.



In this tutorial you will learn how to shade a face with charcoal and pencil technique renderings applying it on the portrait. Great for beginners and professionals. The medium use for this portrait is charcoal powder using bristle brushes and some pencil strokes. I encourage you to watch this video tutorial from the beginning to end, so that you will learn the secret on how to shade a face realistically. If you have not seen the other videos before this, I invite you to view my Youtube channel and watch the rest of the videos that you have missed.

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Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-10 Girl)

This is the continuation of my PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL where I showed some charcoal portrait drawing tips. This is great for beginners because you will see the basic on how I started working on this up to this stage.

Observe very well how I draw the eyes and applied shadings using pencil and charcoal powder in dry brush. It’s very important to know the anatomy of the eye and eyebrows so that you will know exactly where to apply the light and shadows.

I invite you to view the rest of the video tutorials of this PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL and learn the steps on how I created this from the beginning up to this stage.


A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-6 Girl)

In this post you will learn how to apply shade to portraits get and the effect of realistic faces. This is the 6th step in my first Portrait Case Study series. I will teach you the techniques on shading and blending charcoal portraits. You will also learn how to shade drawings with pencil for beginners and how to draw a realistic face with pencil.

You will learn the secret steps in making this charcoal portrait by using this dry brush portrait video tutorial. You will also discover the drawing materials that I used in making this portrait drawing come to life.

If you are just a beginner or a professional artist who wants to improve certain skills in drawing faces, this tutorial is perfect for you.

Don’t miss the other lessons before this post of my PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL! I invite you to click and view them here: Step-1 and 2 Girl, Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl

This is the (Step-6 Girl) of this Portrait Case Study-1 Girl video series. Subscribe to Jude Maceren Youtube channel to follow the rest of the video tutorials of this portrait case study.

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