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Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

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Self-Portrait in Crayon

Casey Roonan, Comics Artist & Cartoonist

Casey Roonan
Cartoonist & Comics Artist

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Self-Portrait in Charcoal

Deepti Menon, Filmmaker & Animator

Deepti Menon
Filmmaker & Animator

Upcoming
Self-Portrait in Animation

Crayon Course

1. Intro

1. Intro

2 min.
2. Set Up

2. Set Up

1:30 min.
3. Lighting

3. Lighting

3 min.
4. Facial Structure

4. Facial Structure

3 min.
5. Positioning

5. Positioning

1:30 min.
6. Thumbnail Sketches I

6. Thumbnail Sketches I

3 min.
7. Thumbnail Sketches II

7. Thumbnail Sketches II

3 min.
8. Line Sketch

8. Line Sketch

2 min.
9. Proportions

9. Proportions

2 min.
10. Blocking in Colors

10. Blocking in Colors

2:30 min.
11. Layering Colors

11. Layering Colors

2 min.
12. Shadows

12. Shadows

2:30 min.
13. Fnishing

13. Fnishing

3:45 min.

Crayon Supplies

Crayons

Crayons

4 min.
Spray Fixative

Spray Fixative

2.5 min.
Black Mat Board

Black Mat Board

2 min.
Plastic Eraser

Plastic Eraser

1 min.

Recommended Supplies

The supplies listed below are used by Prof Lieu in this course.

Art Supplies: Caran d'Ache Neocolor I Crayons
Art Supplies: Permanent Fixative
Art Supplies: Black Mat Board
Art Supplies: White Plastic Eraser

Alternate Supplies

The supplies listed below are similar to Caran d’Ache crayons.  These supplies are all color drawing media that work well in terms of drawing layers of color on top of each other.  The crayon technique demonstrated in this course can be applied to another of the supplies below.

Art Supplies: Chalk Pastels
Art Supplies: Pastel Pencils
Art Supplies: Oil Pastels
Art Supplies: Colored Pencils

Crayon Drawing Examples

Catherine Huang, Illustrator & Comics Artist

Catherine Huang, 2017 Summer Intern

“I definitely learned to be satisfied with a color palette that isn’t totally ‘natural looking.’ Having only a 15 pack of Caran D’Ache crayons and no flesh tones made me look harder for colors I wouldn’t have seen before.

Although portraiture was something I’ve done a lot in the past, drawing an image for this course had a refreshing spin on it, because I would periodically mentally check back to Prof Lieu’s videos and apply that to my work.”

Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo, 2017 Summer Intern

“It had been a while since I have worked with crayon, so it was really exciting to be able to work with it again! It was a bit challenging getting used to the media again though, especially when trying to create something so specific like a self portrait.

When I make portraits, I tend to obsess over achieving likeness that sometimes I will mess up a piece without realizing it, so it was nice to have the lesson format to follow to help myself stay on track. This was a fun project and I’m happy with my final piece!”

Piper Matthew, Architecture Student

Piper Matthew, 2017 Summer Intern

“For me I always find self-portraits extremely difficult because you’re constantly confronting yourself as you draw. This course helped me think of the face as a series of abstract shapes and layers. To be able to create a piece from the Khan Academy equivalent for art was really cool!

I wish I had this while I was in high school and was making my portfolio to apply for art school!”

Artist Profile

Visual artist Tony Janello is obsessed with the human face, its endless variations and its extraordinary capacity for expression.

He began his artistic practice painting portraits and eventually began creating three-dimensional sculptures and digital photographs depicting faces that appear structurally unsound as if in the early stages of implosion.

Janello has taught courses at the college level in portraiture, drawing, and color since the early 1980’s.

Charcoal Course

1: Intro

1: Intro

1 min.
2: Thumbnails

2: Thumbnails

1:45 min.
3: First Layer

3: First Layer

2 min.
4: Finishing

4: Finishing

2 min.

Related
Drawing a Portrait in Charcoal: Cross-Hatching
Prof Lieu

Charcoal Supplies

Vine Charcoal

Vine Charcoal

1.5 min.
Compressed Charcoal

Compressed Charcoal

1.5 min.
Charcoal Pencil

Charcoal Pencil

1.5 min.
Eraser Stick

Eraser Stick

1.5 min.
Kneaded Eraser

Kneaded Eraser

1.5 min.
Plastic Eraser

Plastic Eraser

1 min.
Charcoal Paper

Charcoal Paper

1 min.
Spray Fixative

Spray Fixative

2.5 min.
Art Supplies: Vine Charcoal
Art Supplies: Compressed Charcoal
Art Supplies: Charcoal Pencil
Art Supplies: Eraser Stick
Art Supplies: Kneaded Eraser
Art Supplies: White Plastic Eraser
Art Supplies: Charcoal Paper
Art Supplies: Permanent Fixative

Charcoal Drawing Examples

Anna Campbell, Illustrator

Anna Campbell, 2017 Intern

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Self-Portrait in Animation

Deepti Menon, Filmmaker & Animator

Deepti Menon

Teaching Assistant
Filmmaker & Animator

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