Painterly Head Drawing with Ben Young


Registration Opens July 5th, 2021 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.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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

Date : July 20, 2021 – August 17, 2021

Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Tuesday

Level : All Levels Welcome

In this class we will be focusing on a ‘painterly’ application of the charcoal medium using tone rather than line to lay in the figure. Emphasis will be placed on shape, value, and edge to create an ‘atmospheric’ representation of the model. Great for students of all levels.


Paper options

  • Strathmore Drawing paper 18 x24 pad (recommended)
  • Cold press Bristol smooth, large individual sheets (optional)Charcoal

Charcoal Pencils

  • Generals charcoal pencils hb, 2b,4b,6b
  • various other charcoal pencils (optional)
    • Vine charcoal soft or extra soft
    • Generals compressed charcoal stick
    • Charcoal powder and brush (optional, works better on bristol board)
  • Other supplies
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Blending stumps
  • Eraser sticks

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

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit