Painting the Charcoal Portrait A Portrait of Nikki
A stick of charcoal. The most basic artist tool.
But with this easily found and inexpensive medium, astonishingly strong and intricately nuanced portraits can be created.
In this 4 Hour DVD series, Painting the Charcoal Portrait, internationally known portrait artist Margaret Carter Baumgaertner will take you on a journey to discover the truly remarkable depth that can be achieved with this simplest of medium.
Follow her unique step by step process of creating a fully realized three dimensional Portrait in Charcoal.
Painting the Charcoal Portrait
Introduction to the Charcoal Portrait: Examples of solid charcoal portraits and the use of charcoal studies in oil portraiture. Method and Materials: Vine charcoal, kneaded eraser, tortillion, and paper used. How to prepare the drawing surface. Setting up the Model: Positioning of the model, form and figure, clothing, and lighting. Drawing the Head: Placement, measuring, brush sizing, silhouette and shadow. Drawing the Body: Griding and measuring the figure, dropping verticals and running horizontals. Construction of the "cartoon." 58:50 Minutes
Three Value Massing: Determining value masses, composition of the painting, making the head round and the forms dimensional and solid. Handling edges. Placing the Head and Features: Positioning of the features based on the simplified anatomical planes of the head. 45:37 Minutes
Placing the Hands and Arms: Anatomy of the hands. Simplifying form and structure. Fluidity of the arm placement. Placing the Body and Clothing: Anatomy, gesture, and redefining composition. Using Workable Fixative: Tips on how to spray the charcoal in progress. 52:06 Minutes
Developing Texture: Using charcoal, brush, burnishing, fixative, hatching, and cross hatching to create interest and dimensional texture. Finishing the Head and Features: Individual sections on finishing the eyes, nose, and mouth. Techniques for adding animation and likeness. Finishing the hair and adding jewelry. Finishing the Hands and Arms. How to render fur, fabric, and wood, rhythms and edges, finishing techniques. 50:32 Minutes