Charcoal Portrait Practice

This is a charcoal portrait on toned paper I recently finished, this was very experimental, I tried using various types of charcoal from Nitram to Conte to Willow and a combination of those I felt worked for what I was trying to achieve.

I found myself sticking to the Conte Noire, Conte 2B and White Charcoal pencils. I started with Nitram, however, the paper I was using at the time was not appropriate for those particular charcoal sticks.

Late last year, I found myself in a slump, I have had this account for a while now and have been slowly chipping away at the beginners section but found that I was constantly giving myself a hard time, so I had trouble maintaining consistent practice, however, I continued practicing as regularly as I felt able.

Now, a few months later, after finding ways to better manage my time and practice, I am slowly seeing improvement. I feel, my passion for drawing and my drive to pursue my aspirations burn brighter than ever.

With a little practice, I am slowly becoming better at managing my learning and my life.

I am currently working on drawing accurate shapes, it is very similar to what I learned when I studied at an atelier and I’m finding myself really enjoying this section of the course.


Posted on

February 10, 2020


  1. Matthew

    What is your name? Did you use photo reference. I put the critique under Charcoal Portrait.


    • Paul Ainsworth

      Hi Matt,

      My name is Paul Ainsworth, I did use a reference, sorry I will post it now.

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