Introduction to Charcoal Sanding (Recorded Class)




Workshop Materials / Downloads

You will receive access to multiple downloads for this workshop. Downloads are available for one year from date of purchase. Please note that these are LARGE FILES. You will need approximately 5GB of space to download all files associated with this class.

  • PDF Materials List and Setup Images
  • PDF Reference Photos of David’s Eye
  • PDF Reference on Photo Fixing and Framing Materials
  • A brief video on Sanding Technique / Preparation
  • The full Zoom video class (4 sessions, over 12 hours of instruction)

Course Outline

Week #1Introductions and beginning the process.
This is a quick introduction and share about the sanding process as well as my journey through it. A demonstration on how to “rip the paper” both from larger sheets and a roll as well as how to hang the paper using a level. I also demo how to create the individual sandpapers and how to properly break them down into burnishers. The work is focused around the initial sanding process with a bit of troubleshooting associated with that. I watch each participant sand to ensure proper form. Halfway through I explain the dot / point method process using photo reference.

Week #2Starting the drawing.
I demonstrate how to use the dots to begin laying down the first charcoal pass of the drawing and the initial sanding of the drawing.

Week #3Moving toward a finished drawing.
I continue to demonstrate the different techniques including smooth transitions and trouble spots.

Week #4Final adjustments.
I demonstrate reference point erasure and spraying, class critique, as well as a Q&A.

This intro class is a required prerequisite to taking any of the advanced classes that are offered.