Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 6

Prompt

Choose a landscape image from our free reference photo collection on Flickr.

experiment

Before starting on the final drawing, spend at least an hour playing around and making marks on newsprint (or any other inexpensive paper) to see what wet charcoal is capable of doing! Use paper that is about 18″ x 24″ so you have plenty of room.

Place towels on the floor that you can put your finished drawings on. The drawings dry fairly fast, so it’s okay to place a wet drawing on top of another wet drawing.

final drawing

Create an 18″ x 24″ wet charcoal drawing, using the landscape image you chose from our photo collection as a very loose reference. The purpose of this assignment is not to replicate an accurate drawing of the photo, rather it’s to use the reference as a starting point so you can take it in any direction.

Recommended media

Compressed charcoal or a black soft pastel. Note that vine charcoal will not work for this technique. Newsprint is good for the experimentation segment. For the finished drawing you may want thicker paper like watercolor paper which will be less fragile. A spray bottle is handy to wet your paper.

Artists for inspiration

Norman Ackroyd, Caspar David Friedrich, Michael Mazur, Eric Fischl’s monotypes.

Wet Charcoal: Techniques

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates techniques for wet charcoal drawing. Prof Lieu shows how to use a spray bottle, newsprint, and compressed charcoal in order to experiment with making abstract strokes on the paper to create a dynamic and engaging range of contrasting marks. 

Wet Charcoal: Landscapes

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates how to draw landscapes with wet charcoal drawing techniques. Prof Lieu shows how to use a spray bottle, newsprint, and compressed charcoal in order to experiment with making abstract strokes on the paper to create a dynamic and engaging range of contrasting marks.

Share Your Progress

Post your ongoing progress in the #artprof-tracks channel in our Discord, you’ll get support and feedback from out staff and the community!

Tag us on Instagram @art.prof with #artproftrack to show us what you make! We love sharing what you create in our Instagram Stories

Finished?

  1. Submit your images + info via this upload form.
  2. You’ll receive a hard copy certificate from us via snail mail! (this includes international people)
  3. We will post your name + 1 link on the Drawing Basics page.
  4. You’ll be featured in an Art Prof Share segment in one of our live streams on YouTube.