Creating Light & Shadow with Charlotte Hamilton

Regular price $ 30.00 USD

Portraiture is a dance between light and shadow. In this class, you'll create four different portraits in four different mediums–pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paint–to deepen your understanding of how light and shadow interplay to add depth, volume and drama to your art. The class comprises 4 video lessons, 1 live video Q&A (recording available after broadcast) and To Do items for each lesson.


Learn to see and map out where the light and shadows are on the face. You’ll use pencils of different softness to depict shadows of varying depths and learn how to create a portrait of form and volume while keeping it simple.
Lesson length: 35m

Be prepared to get your hands dirty! In this lesson, you'll block in areas of shadow with charcoal and control your urge to play with the light. You’ll learn that, with charcoal, less is more.
Lesson length: 20m

In this lesson, you’ll choose one color to create a monochrome portrait in watercolor. You'll learn how to build layers to create form and volume while focusing solely on light and shadow.
Lesson length: 40m

You'll start your portrait with a pencil sketch, mapping out all the areas of light and shadow. Then you’ll add color with acrylic paints, blocking in the areas of shadow to create volume.
Lesson length: 29m

Charlotte will host a live video Q&A at 12 pm EST on Saturday, March 2, to answer your questions about the class and portraiture in general. Don't worry if you can't attend the live Q&A: you will get access to a recording immediately after it's over. 


What tools do I need to take this class?

  • Lesson 1: Pencil
    • Any paper
    • Pencils of different values (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
    • Mechanical pencil
    • Thick graphite pencil
  • Lesson 2: Charcoal
    • Any paper
    • Different sizes of charcoal
    • Rag, cloth, paper towel or putty eraser
    • Smudging pencil
  • Lesson 3: Watercolor
    • Watercolor paper
    • Any watercolor set or watercolor tube
    • A few brushes of varying sizes
    • A container for water
  • Lesson 4: Acrylic Paint
    • Cold press watercolor paper
    • 2-3 colors of acrylic paint (any brand)
    • White acrylic paint
    • A few brushes of varying sizes
    • A container for water
    • A rag to wipe your brushes

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes! You keep lifetime access to ALL class content, including a recording of the live Q&A, so you can go at your own pace.

What skill level do I need for this class?

Beginner to intermediate.

Do I get lifetime access to the class?

Yes! Your purchase gets you lifetime access to ALL class content.

What is your refund policy?

All sales are final.

Any Questions?

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