how to draw portraits with charcoal

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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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. Continue reading »


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. Continue reading »


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) How To Shade A Portrait

In this post you will learn how to draw and shade a portrait and get the effect of a realistic face. This is the 6th step in my first Portrait Case Study series. I will teach you the techniques on shading and blending a charcoal portrait. 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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