Charcoal Drawing - Portrait Practice.

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog.

First I want to apologize for so much time of absence, I was working a lot and had little time to publish. However I have been able to draw a lot since I am doing many projects with respect to this and at the moment I can publish more drawings, I will do it.

I want to show you another practice that I did, I have been practicing a lot using only charcoal and it has given me good results, I think the textures and the softened is more pronounced.

On this occasion I illustrated the face of a girl, she did not authorize me to place her reference photo but my work so I will show you how this technique looks.


First I will talk about my materials.

For this illustration I used:

  • Mechanical Pencil 2mm./Hb Lead.
  • Charcoal Pencil Medium.
  • White Pastel Pencil.
  • Moldable Eraser.
  • Brush.
  • Diffuser.
  • Charcoal Powder.
  • A4 Opaline 180G.


  • This was the only time I used graphite, just use HB to do the initial sketch.

  • I started by illustrating the hair, it is not common to start by illustrating the hair or with the dark areas, but for me, it is more comfortable since from those areas I could use the charcoal to degrade in the rest of the drawing.

  • I illustrated the hair making strokes with the charcoal pencil, degrading in the curves where the light is reflected and using the white pastel to pronounce them.

  • Next, I outlined the eyes, with the fine brush I illustrated the skin using the charcoal of the hair and measuring the quantity, here it is illustrated from dark to light.

  • Also on the left side, delineate the eyes, eyebrows, and eyelashes and those dark zones serve to illustrate the face.

  • It is a little complicated to use the charcoal to degrade and to give volume, but the brush and the diffuser help a lot given that effect of softness and gradient. However, it is also important to know the scale of gripes and each artist handles his own scale in his mind, so it is a matter of common sense and instinct the way in which the gripes are used.

  • With the brush and a blur we make the deepest shadows, we must also have knowledge of the amount of light that impacts the body as well as the distance, so we will know how deep the shadow is, in what areas it is more pronounced, more expanded, etc. These are things that with experience and much observation we are learning.

  • I used a not very dark tone on the lips and smoothed them with the diffuser, using the moldable eraser I made lights on the lips, also on his nose, I must confess that the nose was complicated but I managed to draw it.

  • Finally, I was doing details, polishing a bit and with the charcoal powder, I made the dress. I used charcoal powder this time and not graphite because it is a stronger tone and gives me fewer brush strokes more darkness than graphite.

This is the Final Art

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This practice was very simple, it was also faster than working with graphite pencils.

It is difficult at first to understand the tones using the brush and charcoal, more when we get used to the gradation of pencils, it is not the same to use 3B and 4B to use only a brush and to raise the tone, but when you know the grits and you keep them in your mind is really easy.

I hope you liked this practice, I want to show you before saying goodbye to a drawing that is a bit more worked with this technique where the charcoal explodes.


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For this work I do not have the step by step, but here I used only charcoal, brushes and diffusers.

Thank you for visiting my post and I hope you have enjoyed this illustration!

Until the next Time!!


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This is a very nice piece, Ken. I would’ve loved to see the original image as I’m sure you would’ve liked to show us but I completely understand why you couldn’t.

Great drawing, sir. Thank you!


Hello! thank you very much, yes, I wanted to place it but the girl did not allow it, in the same way, I wanted to show the process of my work! thanks for visiting!

Great drawing @kendrawing

I like the fact that you took along with your work, that's the most fantastic and fun part of the article.

The drawing is top notch. Nice one.

I must confess that the nose was complicated but I managed to draw it.

Very funny and liked the fact you got personal to your work and express it to us.

I hope to see more of your works. Going to follow you on IG, right away.


Hahaha! yes, I'm glad you like this, I like to talk about the way I always do, that gives more interaction to the post! thanks for the comment :)

Damn!!! That shading is crazy. Dude, the hair on the girl and the shading of the skin is so good. I was impressed before I saw Keanu… damnnnnn!


Hey! I'm glad you like my draw! thank you!


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Wow, this is amazing. Is this really pencil drawing? You drew fairly well.


hello! yes, this is only charcoal!

Very pretty illustration, Kenny :) She has a gorgeous smile ! I like how you do the shading and her beautiful hair and skin ! <3


Spidey! thank you!!!

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