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Learn how-to use charcoal to shade in #TechniqueTuesday with Stan from Proko and then learn how-to draw and shade a human torso.


  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 1
    Step 1

    Complete the layin of your drawing. Since I'm drawing from reference, not from imagination, my first step was heavy on measuring. Identify the largest shapes and rhythms, then add the anatomical details on top. Continue analyzing and designing the shadow shapes.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start by dipping a soft sable brush into a little jar of charcoal powder. Lightly tap the brush on the jar to knock off some of the charcoal and slowly start spreading it onto the shadow areas.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 3
    Step 3

    Don't do this too fast. Take your time and keep it clean. This process took me roughly 25 minutes to complete.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 4
    Step 4

    If you go too fast or want to soften the edges, use a shamy or a piece of paper to clean it. Lightly scrub it to soften the appearance.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 5
    Step 5

    Charcoal powder has a limit to how dark it can get. As you're filling in and cleaning the shadows, remember to darken the overall value of the shadows with a pencil. If the shadow value is too light, then you don't have much to work with in the lights.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 6
    Step 6

    Get your pencil out and add the detailed shading. When you want to soften some of the pencil texture, use the brush again.

  • How to draw a charcoal drawing. Using Charcoal Powder to Shade a Drawing - Step 7
    Step 7

    Yes! All done. I hope you found this demo informational, enjoyable, and inspirational. If you did, tell you friends about it!

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