The Charcoal Drawing Course: Landscape

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Lesson Description

In this module, we develop a drawing of a landscape that features a dominant tree using vine and compressed charcoal on white drawing paper.

Lesson 1 - Intro and Materials

In this lesson, we take a quick look at the materials and surface used for this landscape drawing.

Lesson 2 - Sketching Loosely

In this lesson, we quickly and loosely apply vine charcoal to "find" the tree within the picture plane.

Lesson 3 - Creating Illusions

In this lesson, we continue to use vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, blending stumps, and erasers to create the illusion of leaves on the tree.

Lesson 4 - Junk in the Trunk

In this lesson, we develop the details on the trunk of the tree.

Lesson 5 - Foreground and Finishing

In this lesson, we address the foreground and complete the drawing.

charcoal drawing of a landscape

Lesson Materials

  • Vine/Willow Charcoal
  • Compressed Charcoal Pencil
  • Charcoal Paper
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Vinyl Eraser
  • Blending Stumps or Tortillions
  • White Drawing Paper

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Finished Drawing

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Lesson Discussion

  1. Hello Matt
    looking at the charcoal landscape from a year ago ang notice the compressed charcoal looks like it may be at a point. can you talk about sharpening or using as is.
    I tried using watercolor and mixed media paper ,what a difference. The mixed media seemed to work better for me ,especially with the vine charcoal. Love the live lessons, and gettin sketchy , .
    thanks tom east coast usa

  2. Hello Matt,
    This has been a great course!
    Can you point me in the direction of getting more information related to framing/displaying/preserving this type of art?
    Thank you!

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