Online Class

Drawing Children: Charcoal Portraits

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Create a captivating charcoal portrait with essential techniques!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Hetty Easter
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to draw a charcoal portrait with artist Hetty Easter as your guide! Explore the expressive properties of this versatile medium as you choose a reference image and begin to block in a loose outline. Use bold lines, softly shaded areas and value shifts to convey mood and create lifelike dimension. Then, learn simple techniques to draw the head, ears, eyes, mouth and nose with realistic proportions. Discover tips for successfully sketching children of all ages and add contours and nuance to your portrait with charcoal's painterly effects. Find out how to depict a spectrum of skin tones and various hairstyles and discover instrumental mark-making skills to conquer challenging areas like teeth and accessories. You'll finish this class with a beautiful portrait and a range of valuable techniques to add to your artistic repertoire.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Charcoal
Meet your instructor, Hetty Easter, as you discover a variety of charcoals, erasers and blending tools that will help you bring your drawings to life. Next, Hetty offers professional tips for taking photos that capture the unique characteristics of each child, including techniques to capture flattering light and natural poses.
2. Blocking In Values
3. Placing Features
4. Developing Form
5. Expressive Details
6. Showing Age & Gender
7. Refining the Loose Sketch

Taught by

Hetty Easter
Hetty Easter
Hetty Easter received her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, and studied figurative fine art at the Art Students League and Studio Incamminati in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches at Syracuse University in the Fashion Design Department. Hetty also maintains a fine art studio, and her work is privately held in collections worldwide.

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