Charcoal Shading: Understanding Values and Form

Understanding values and form is the key to making your drawings and paintings look three dimensional.  Charcoal is a fun, effective medium with which to add shading and learn about values.  This 9-part course will teach you about values, light, and form, while also building up technical skills in charcoal, and finally putting it all together. 

Suitable for beginners who have never used charcoal before, and more advanced artists who want to learn how to better understand values and form.  Drawing skills are required for this course.

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Introduction

Welcome to the charcoal shading course!  Here is an overview of what to expect.

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Learn about the materials needed for the course, and tips on using them effectively.

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Practice using charcoal and learn how it works with these exercises.  Perfect for beginners.

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Create your own value scale with this guided exercise that combines theory and practical skills.

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Now it’s time to learn how to see and compare values accurately.  We’ll begin with greyscale.

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It can be tricky to see value when looking at vibrant colours.  Learn how in this lesson.

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The key to understanding values and form!  This lessons guides you through diagrams and a real life situation.

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Bring the theory and practical together in this guided lesson on how to begin a charcoal drawing.

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Add detail, refine edges, and further develop your charcoal drawing in this narrated lesson.

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Complete your charcoal drawing with this 3-step checklist.

What you'll learn

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