Charcoal Drawing with Aaron Blaise

(10 customer reviews)


Watch over his shoulder as Aaron Blaise draws the lioness image shown below in real time. Learn how to do charcoal drawing & illustration. In these comprehensive charcoal drawing lessons (5.5 Hour video course),  animator, director and wildlife artist Aaron Blaise (“Brother Bear”, “Aladdin”, “Mulan”, “The Lion King”) shows you his approach to one of his favorite mediums, Charcoal.  He will create the lioness image shown below and you will see and hear his thought process as the piece develops.  You’ll get 6 HD Tutorial Videos covering:

  • How & when to use different types of charcoal
  • Rough Sketching
  • Drawing Light & Shadows
  • Working with Kneaded Eraser
  • Working with charcoal powder
  • Shading & Toning
  • Drawing Fur
  • Using “white” charcoal
  • PLUS you’ll also get bonus material including:
    • Original high-res lioness photograph taken in Africa by Aaron Blaise
    • High-Res Copies of the final image
    • Art Supply List – Everything used to make this image.

Aaron has an engaging, entertaining and approachable teaching style that people really love. We believe this one of the most in-depth and easy to understand courses you will find anywhere on how to use draw with charcoal. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist these fun and engaging videos will teach you something new!

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In this video course on how to do charcoal drawing lessons. Aaron Blaise brings the fundamentals of charcoal drawing to life.

Charcoal Drawing Lessons /Traditional Media Course Details:

Watch as Aaron explores and breaks down his approach and process to drawing with charcoal. Watch as he draws in front of you in real time and explains:

Final Lesson Image
  • Rough Drawing & Sketching
  • Different types of charcoal and when to use them.
  • Drawing lights, darks, and mid-tones
  • Adding Highlights
  • Blending & Shading
  • Lighting
  • & More

Additional Charcoal Drawings by  Aaron:

Below are some additional charcoal illustrations by Aaron Blaise to give you an idea of how he applies the techniques in this video to other images.


NOTE: This course is broken up into individual files that you may may stream online or download. Due to file size we strongly recommend you stream the files. Some videos are larger than others so if downloading please be patient as the total course is nearly 11 Gigs of data.

Subtitles & Closed Captions Currently Available for this Course:

  • English CC

About Aaron Blaise:

Aaron has nearly 30 years of professional art experience. He was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1989 and spent 21+ years helping create films such as: "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and more. During his time at Disney, Aaron designed and animated numerous animal and human characters. In 2003 he was nominated for an Academy Award for co-directing the film "Brother Bear" You can follow Aaron and see more of his art on Instagram. You can also see videos of his work on YouTube or follow him on Facebook.
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10 reviews for Charcoal Drawing with Aaron Blaise

  1. ger1mos (verified owner)

    Amazing tutorial, very helpful!!

  2. Melanie (verified owner)

    This has helped me so much! I never worked with charcoal before, but always wanted to give it a try. Totally didn’t regret it, and I actually enjoyed it so much I decided to definitely stick to it.
    Thank you so much!!

    Will there be more videos with this medium?

  3. Judy (verified owner)

    One of my Christmas presents to myself – I had so much fun! Excellent course, Aaron. Working in charcoal was brand new to me, as well as working so large! Both were a delight. I’m done with the lion, and have started one of my own of a Bighorn Ram. I’m looking forward to doing more works in charcoal!

  4. Chiselle (verified owner)

    Hi I love 💕this lesson!! It was so fun to learn new techniques and see the process come together on right before your eyes. It’s very easy to understand and to follow along. I loved making this picture of this tiger 🐅. I know you will not be disappointed when you buy this lesson even if you have work with charcoal before like I have. Thanks so much for making such a wonderful drawing lesson. I look forward to seeing many more in the future. Please make more of them. If you can do some on owls 🦉 and other birds 🦅 would be fantastic. It would also be nice to see you do oil painting and pastel work. I hope you do I would buy it in a heartbeat. Thanks again Aaron Blaise for these lessons you are a great teacher and very inspirational.😀👏

  5. Christopher Matz (verified owner)

    This was a wonderful lesson, i highly recommend it. I had played around with charcoal before but I always had some difficulty getting good results as I was unclear about how best to use it. I learned a ton following along with this lesson, Aaron made it really easy to keep up. His communication/teaching style is very pleasant and engaging, and I was really happy with how my drawing turned out-Most importantly, I feel like I have some of the fundamentals down much better so that I can try some other drawings in charcoal, which I definitely plan to do.

  6. Deborah Mitchell (verified owner)

    An annual subscription was my Christmas gift to me — and one that has been full of fun, challenge and new ideas. I jumped into the lion charcoal drawing and was really happy with my results. I love the way Aaron explains the processes, because it helps me understand the “why” in technique and materials used that support the outcome. I did the charcoal lion tutorial with what I had on hand, Strathmore 14 x 17 drawing paper, not the mid-tone matboard Aaron used. As a result achieving the value range in the drawing was a little trickier, but I was still very, very happy with my results. I find if I watch the videos first so I understand the scope and scale of the work being demonstrated it helps to prepare me. Then I run the video and draw along, stopping the play as needed for coffee and wrangling my 2 studio assistants Sid and Eddie – my two rescue black cats. Working in charcoal was not a problem but they can track that stuff anywhere :-)
    I don’t do work in the digital environment very much (yet), but find I glean lots of good stuff — even the animation videos challenge one’s basic drawing chops – in a good way! I have worked through some of the big cat drawing tutorials, and really appreciate the drawing from the skeletal frame out — I finally understood how a cat’s foot is structured through Aaron’s comparison of human body structure to animal structure. My aha moment was the “heel” on the big cats. The offerings on this website provide great inspiration and the relaxed and informative teaching style is stellar. Thanks again so very much!

  7. Ronald Behymer (verified owner)

    Wow! This is one of the most informative and enjoyable courses on charcoal drawing that I have seen! Aaron is an excellent artist and teacher! I just received this final products needed to begin this course and I can’t wait to begin! I have watched each lesson, prior to beginning any drawing of my own to try to gain the concept of why and where each building lesson will take me, and none of it was boring or tedious, it was simply fascinating to see it come into place as the true piece of art that it is! His direction and instruction is very clear and concise! I never thought I’d ever be interested in charcoal, this course has proven me completely wrong!

    Beautiful art from a wonderful artist, you will not be disappointed with this course, I highly recommend!

  8. Erica Bey (verified owner)

    I have lost count of how many charcoal pieces I have created using the techniques that I learned when I took this course. Charcoal is a very fun and messy medium to work with and has become one of my favorites to work wIth since this course.

  9. Carol Graham (verified owner)

    I truly enjoyed drawing along with Aaron in this course.
    I have worked in charcoal a lot – but not using these techniques, and I have to admit that I was a little freaked out when he said to rub charcoal ALL OVER my rough sketch! But I trusted the process and was not disappointed. With Aaron’s step-by-step method I was able to render a majestic lioness, which gave me the courage to tackle another big cat – this time a snow leopard.
    I played the videos in the background while I drew so I had Aaron’s voice guiding and encouraging me throughout. His style is relaxed and conversational – it was like he was just ‘noodling’ there in the studio beside me.
    I can confidently recommend this course

  10. poiget.christian (verified owner)

    This is a course that comes out of the box and the work of charcoal in a large format is most interesting. AARON guides us step by step
    and each step is well detailed. On the video we can feel that AARON loves this technique and this format. AARON masters digital painting with photoshop and procreate but he loves his pencils and paper and likes to get his hands dirty. An excellent course
    of animal charcoal that I advise everyone to try. Thank you AARON
    for this demonstration.

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