Create a powerful portrait with a dynamic range of deep blacks, brilliant whites and shades of grey. In this two-hour workshop hosted by experienced artist Laura Restrepo, you will learn how to successfully draw skin and reach a realistic aged effect in a charcoal portrait. Materials, observational techniques and a step-by-step process will all be discussed. Laura recommends bringing an already started drawing to the workshop, as you will jump right into the application of values and textures to create skin so realistic, viewers will think it’s real.
Open to beginners & intermediates.
Part 1: Artist introduction & materials
To begin, Laura will introduce herself and share a little bit about her journey as an artist. She will then provide an overview of all materials needed for the workshop.
Part 2: Drawing skin with charcoal (volume, pores & freckles)
In part two, Laura will draw live, working through diverse sections of aged skin in a female charcoal portrait. Through this live drawing method, you will be able to observe the main steps she takes to create a realistic skin effect. She will also explain how she applies charcoal (powder and pencil), the importance of choosing the right paper, various observational techniques, as well as share little tips to improve skin texture.
Part 3: Q & A
To end the workshop, Laura will run a Q & A session where you will be able to ask questions, share comments, suggest personal tips, or even share your own artwork!
List of materials to bring:
✓ Piece of paper
✓ Charcoal powder (recommendation: Coates Artist’s Willow)
✓ A variety of synthetic soft brushes (small and medium)
✓ Eraser pencil
✓ Charcoal pencils (6B, 2B and HB)
✓ Primo Bianco charcoal pencil (59-W)
✓ Mechanical pencil (0.3 mm lead)
✓ Technical drafting pencil OR Graphite pencils (HB, 2B)
✓ An already started drawing of a face traced on paper (recommended)