Drawing Techniques: Charcoal & Conte Crayon

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Arts & DIY

Event Overview

It takes time to get comfortable with a drawing medium. The prospect of learning how to work with a new material is daunting. Wouldn't it be nice if someone else would do all the trial-and-error for you, and just show you what works?

That's where artist Dean Johnson comes in. He has spent years mastering drawing with charcoal and conte crayon. In this workshop, he shares his personal techniques with you. Learn how to build your drawing from a subtle sketch to a solidified image; learn what the different types of charcoal are for, and how to use them to get a range of dimensional effects; and learn how blending sticks can imbue your drawings with a new level of realism.

Dean will give you a live demo, then there will be studio time for experimenting with the tools and techniques. Feel free to keep the drawings Dean produces in class. That's right - original art! Dean will be with you as you draw to answer your questions and guide you through the process. This is your chance to hone your skills!

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All ages welcome

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Dean Johnson

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Dean Johnson utilizes a variety of mediums: acrylic paint, pen and ink, and multiple printmaking techniques. He studied Fine Art at Columbia College Chicago, where he earned his Bachelor Degree. His commissions include numerous portrait paintings, as well as postcard designs for theater companies TUTA and Darknight Theatrical Productions; flyer designs for rock band Arch Visceral Parlor and DJ Elle Madelyn; and illustrations for author John Wawrzaszek.

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