Features & Facial Expressions in Charcoal with Ben M. Young


Registration Opens Sept 24th, 2020 at 8am PT

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.



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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class.

Date : Oct 7, 2020 – Dec 16, 2020

Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Wednesday

Level : All Levels Welcome

This class will emphasize the importance of the individual features and how to best study them. Working from casts, handouts, photos and models, we will commit to memory idealized versions of the eyes, ears, mouth and nose from all angles. We will also learn the muscles of the face and apply this anatomical knowledge to the more specialized areas of capturing accurate and readable facial expressions, stylizing the features, and also the simplification and cartooning of expressions. Frequent demonstrations and critiques of student work are routine. Great for all levels.

Video Archives will be available livestream students until Jan 2nd.


• Conte 1710b or Wolf’s Carbon 6B charcoal pencil

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

Ben M. Young

Ben Young has studied and taught at Watts Atelier for the past 20 years. He has worked as a freelance illustrator and conceptual designer. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Reflexive Entertainment, Upper Deck and Blizzard. Ben is currently working on his career in fine art. View more of Ben’s work at www.benmyoung.com

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit