Draw portraits in charcoal that capture the life force and likeness

About Course

This course is not about techniques or methods that take years of practice. But what I show you will transform your approach to drawing portraits (and whatever else you want to draw)


  • I will help you to get the right attitude to drawing.
  • The physical aspects and how they impact on your work.
  • How proper observation is the key to everything and the most important tool an artist has.
  • I will show you how to quickly capture the positions of the key elements and techniques to speed up, and loosen up the way you work.
  • There are 3 demonstrations where I show you full process and you can download the reference and draw with me.
  • I’ll also show you how I capture more natural reference images

The only tools you will need are charcoal, some cartridge paper and a putty rubber.

What Will I Learn?

  • The importance of having the right attitude
  • Why how you physically draw matters
  • The importance of visual and emotional observation
  • How to quickly register the elements of the face
  • How to capture what's important
  • Speed up your drawing process
  • How to capture more natural reference images

Topics for this course

18 Lessons


About me and why I made this course00:14:03

Attitude and approach

Observation and establishing the elements

Learning to draw only what’s important

Draw a portrait with me – 1.

Draw a portrait with me – 2.

Draw a portrait with me -3.

Models and references


Target Audience

  • Beginner - Intermediate