Experimenting in Charcoal with Aaron Blaise



Watch over his shoulder as Aaron Blaise experiments drawing a leopard in charcoal. He does this on a piece of wood in real time.

In this brief, easy to follow course which totals just over 1 Hour,  animator, director and wildlife artist Aaron Blaise (“Brother Bear”, “Beauty & The Beast”, “Mulan”, “The Lion King”) shows you his approach to one of his favorite mediums, Charcoal. At the same time he shares his thoughts as he explores using the medium in a new context for him. This is a great opportunity to “get inside” Aaron’s head and learn his thought process when tackling something unfamiliar.

Watch as Aaron experiments, explains his process and even makes mistakes… some of which turn out to be “happy accidents” and part of the artistic process. Don’t be afraid to experiment and go put some beauty out into the world!

You will learn:

  • How & when to use different types of charcoal
  • Rough Sketching
  • Drawing Light & Shadows
  • Working with Kneaded Eraser
  • Working with charcoal powder
  • Using “white” charcoal & white conte crayons
  • PLUS you’ll also get bonus material including:
    • High-Res Copy 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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Charcoal Course Details:

In this video watch as Aaron explores and breaks down his approach and process to drawing with charcoal. He also experiments with various media and material to go on a surprising process of discovery.

Process Gallery:

Below are some additional images showing the step-by-step process:


NOTE: This course may be streamed online or download. We recommend you stream the files. The total download content of this course with Bonus Material is approx. 2.5 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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4 reviews for Experimenting in Charcoal with Aaron Blaise

  1. Erica Bey (verified owner)

    I love all of Aaron’s charcoal courses and this one was great. Not only did I create the example in the course but also was able to use this technique for multiple projects.

  2. Matthew Nuttall (verified owner)

    This is great for showing a different idea of material AKA Media. Mainly using a different surface to do the charcoal on. The technique is also good and you can see more of that if you get his Charcoal Drawing With Aaron Blaise.

  3. benoit_ger (verified owner)

    Very nice tutorial video. You artwork is amazing, the video is easy to understand, well detailed and simple.
    I never thought of drawing charcoal on wood and the result was great. However, it seems that the fixative doesn’t work well.

    Anyway, thank you so much, great video.

  4. Chiselle (verified owner)

    I just have to say this was amazing drawing lesson!!! I love the fact that you’re working on wood. It’s been very educational and interesting to watch and learn different ways to do things. I also enjoy your son asking questions. I really think it would be nice to have someone asking questions like he did in all your videos. Especially because I was thinking about the same question he asked. Well if you never purchased anything from Aaron Blaise then you are missing out on a great chance to learn something new and become a better artist. No matter what skills you may have or not have you will definitely learn something. He a great teacher and really explain why he does things a certain way and show you everything step by step. He also inspires you to do more in your art journey🤩.If you want to be better artists I highly recommend this video. You will not be disappointed!!!! Thanks so much for making such amazing job!!!!👏😁I look forward to seeing many more of your drawing lessons and other lessons you have.

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