Domestic Animals in Charcoal

Domestic Animals in Charcoal


Tutor: Bex Gouverneur

Dates Available: 

  • 29 - 30 June 2019

2 day course: 10am - 4pm

Our beloved pets are a source of inspiration to us all and during this two day course I will guide you through the process of capturing their personality and character in a detailed charcoal study whilst teaching you a variety of unusual charcoal techniques!

The course will be broken into two parts over the two days leading to the completion of a detailed charcoal study of your chosen domestic animal (both dogs and cats will be discussed during the sessions). 

On the first day you will be learning about the range of different techniques which can be used to create many of the effects we will need to use in our work.  There will be several short demonstrations where we will explore mark making and manipulation of our materials including rendering of fur, skin textures, ears and the illusive glint in the eyes!  You will also be shown a range of drafting techniques which cover all ability levels, from which you can then select the most suitable for yourself before beginning the drafting stage.

Day two will be focused on the creation of your own drawing, putting into practice and refining the techniques learnt on day one, this day will consist primarily of guided individual work.  There will be a large range of photographic images available for you to work from but students are also encouraged to bring along photographs of their own pets to work from.  If you wish to do so, please contact the artist prior to the course in order to check suitability of the images.

The course will include:

·         Guidance on photographing your subject (no cameras needed – theory only)

·         Drafting techniques

·         Application and manipulation of charcoal powder

·         Creating strong, crisp highlights

·         Achieving a full range of tones in charcoal

·         Rendering of a variety of fur types including dark, light, flat and wavy

What to bring:

We will be working with charcoal powder, brushes, pierre noire pencils, tortillions as well as willow charcoal of various thicknesses.  If you have your own equipment which you wish to bring along, please do so.  Should you wish to purchase a full set of materials for use at home for £25, please let us know at least 2 weeks prior to the session for this to be arranged or a comprehensive list can be provided.

Due to the nature of the techniques used and level of detail achieved in this work it can take between 10 and 20 hours to fully complete a drawing.  On the course students can expect to have partially complete one drawing and to have gained the knowledge and understanding to complete this work at home. 

“I thought the standard of teaching was very high. At no point did I feel ignorant and I learnt a huge amount. I felt very encouraged as well as inspired.”

“Excellent venue and excellent tutor!”

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