This was my Portrait Drawing Demonstration for the class "Drawing on Toned Paper" held at OA Gallery. I was using black charcoal for the darker values and white charcoal for the highlights .
Learning to draw on toned paper using black and white charcoal, helps greatly in understanding value tones.
Here are some of the steps in drawing a portrait on toned paper. The drawing is started lightly in the beginning. When the likeness of the eyes are getting closer then I'll start to establish more of the darks. Until then I keep the pencil marks light in case I need to erase.
Here the dark values are established in the drawing. In a portrait the eyes will always have your darkest dark in the pupil of the eye and at the lashline.
Using toned paper instead of white paper helps you to obtain your darkest darks and lightest lights while letting the paper be your midtone value.
A white charcoal pencil is used to show the highlights.
This is the stage where values are checked and corrected. They help to show the three dimensional quality in the drawing.
The portrait demo is finished and ready to be put in a frame!
The portrait is complete! It can be viewed at OA Gallery in Kirkwood, MO.
Working on toned paper is a beautiful and classical way to draw, which dates back to the Renaissance.
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New Drawing Class 2017
with Marie Donato
"Learning to Draw on Toned Paper"
Marie Donato is offering a Spring 2017 Drawing Class to be held at the beautiful OA Gallery in charming downtown Kirkwood!
Set aside relaxing time for yourself and be inspired in the art-filled
OA Gallery, located directly across from the Kirkwood train station.
Drawing Spring Session
Fridays March 10 - April 14
10:00 am -12:00 noon
(If needed - snow/day April 21)
Current Class Information Here
Four Reasons I love teaching adult art and painting classes.
1) I love seeing those smiles! When a student finishes a painting, I love seeing the smiles that show their sense of accomplishment from completing a beautiful work of art that they did!
2) Watching a student's progress is amazing! When a beginning student comes to my class with no art experience, I always tell them "Don't worry that's fine. Just the fact that you are here in class shows me you have the desire to be an artist and that's all I need to know." My job, then is to give them the "tools" necessary to progress step-by-step as an artist. I totally love that "aha" moment! One student explained it this way, "Marie, you gave me the recipe, now I can do it!" So please don't hesitate if you are a beginner. I would love to have you join us.
3) I teach in order to share what I've learned over the years. Being able to share with my students is such a privelege. My goal is to meet each art student at their own level and bring them up to the next. My students range from an absolute beginner up to a more experienced intermediate level.
4) I love meeting new artists and new friends! The first day of class is always so fun for me when I can meet new art students. My students help me grow as an artist and instructor. They are the greatest!
Marie Donato's Adult Art Classes are available in Pastel, Watercolor and Drawing.
Click here to enroll in the next art class. Beginners welcome!
To start, I loosely block in the shapes with pencil and powdered graphite.
Here is a step-by step demo showing how I develop a portrait graphite/charcoal drawing.
Here, I start to develop the face of the portrait, working toward getting the likeness.
Once I feel comfortable with the face, I move down to the hand, arms and shoulders toning in form and capturing the shadow play of lights and darks from the sunlit window. I am using graphite pencils as well as powdered graphite.
Here the fabric layers of tulle of the ballerina's dress are developed.
For the contrasting darks in the eyes and hair, I am using charcoal pencil.
At this stage I am refining and tweaking everything making fine adjustments. To help with the highlights of the skirt I sharpen up the edges of the fabric with an eraser.
Here is the finished drawing!
Drawing Class Information Here
I have the best art students!
I would like to share a few pics from previous art classes. The sessions are 6 weeks. Beginner and intermediate students are welcome. Choose from Pastel, Watercolor and Drawing Classes. Registration is underway for my next session, July 21- August 27.
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