Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Step by step of "John"

I am including a step by step of the charcoal drawing "John".

I began by covering the surface of the paper with charcoal dust followed by a dusting of acetone.
I then began to work into the mid tones erasing for the lights and adding charcoal for the darks.
In this stage I focused more on composition by removing the surrounding charcoal with a paper towel.
The dark values were added with a round paint brush dipped in acetone and powdered charcoal and then applying it to the paper.
Finished stage "John". The paper used is Strathmore 400 3-ply smooth.


  1. wonderful portrait casey. Im a big fan of your work.Its very inspiring. Lots of really nice shapes and variety in your work. Keep up the great work!!

  2. Why Acetone? Isn't it very toxic? Is there an alternative

  3. Hi Casey, I love your portraits! What kind of paper do you use? Regards!

    1. He use Strathmore 400 or 500 Charcoal. I saw in one video