Toned Charcoal Animal Drawing

Toned Charcoal Animal Drawing

Two-Day Workshop
Saturdays | September 1 and 8, 2018
Time | 1:30-4:30 pm

Guest Instructor | Spencer Koch
Tuition | $135, optional $10 supply fee
Reserve your spot | pay online below

This could be a wonderful portfolio piece, personal keepsake, or gift

Spencer is back for this two-day workshop to introduce the techniques unique to charcoal on toned paper. Animals are a favorite subject and Spencer, with his demonstrations and assistance, will help students capture the form, light and lovability of his or her animal.
  • September 1st: Spencer will demonstrate how to analyze reference photos and how to begin your contour drawing. An introduction of the importance of  setting your intention and composition for the portrait. He will provide demonstrations to get students started and throughout the progession of the drawing as they the drawing.
  • September 8th: Each student will work independently on his or her drawing from the previous Saturday. Spencer will continue instruction on form as students develop form through tonal values, using the paper as an overall tone. The final detail will be introduced to bring the sparkle to the toned drawing.

Bring your own Subject Reference: Instructions for taking a good reference photo: Have a strong direct light source (like a desk lamp or spotlight) pointed immediately above and towards your pet while sitting still. If from a smartphone, tap the area on the screen where your pet portrait shows up before taking the photo and it should focus. You may need to take a few by repeating the process. Pick the photo that comes our clearest. You may need to stand some feet away, to avoid foreshortening distortion, and zoom to capture the image.

Don’t have a photo? We will have animal photos for you to choose from.

Here’s the supply list:


  • Vine charcoal (soft) or willow
  • Charcoal pencils HB, 2B, 4B (Hard, Medium, Soft)
  • Graphite pencil HB or 2B
  • Sand paper or sanding block
  • Drawing board
  • Razor blade
  • Paper Choices:


  • Strathmore 400 Series Drawing paper 18”x 24”
  • Canson Mi Tientes (Steel Gray, Felt Gray or White) 19” x 25”

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