Drawing Together Episode 36: Freeze Flame

Drawing Together Episode 36: Freeze Flame

this episode is Part of the Drawing Together live video series – learn more here

I’m burning to get started on this image! For this episode, we’ll tackle drawing the flames of a bonfire. To help manage the values, I’ll attempt this using toned paper.

Follow along using this reference image: https://bit.ly/2YpStyV

We want to see your drawings! Share your finished pieces and any tips with us below.

Today, I’m working with:

  • Toned Drawing Paper
  • Charcoal (vine, compressed, and charcoal pencils)
  • Kneaded and Rubber Erasers
  • White Charcoal

In this session, we’ll cover:

  • Drawing fire
  • Realistic drawing techniques
  • Drawing light
  • Capturing details


Upload a picture of your drawing in the comments below.

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  1. I used green tones charcoal paper, thinking it would help get enough depth for the night scene, but then my flames weren’t bright enough, so I guess that backfired. Lol. The branches were tough at the bottom. I really enjoyed working on the flames though! Great lesson though, as always!

  2. I had to drop off during the live, but was able to get back to it the next day on the recording. It took forever (and a lot of charcoal dust) to get this as dark as I wanted. Toned Strathmore paper and assorted charcoal. I couldn’t get the charcoal to stick to the paper – I feel like you could blow the drawing off of the paper with a good sneeze ?.

  3. Hi Scott..so happy to have found your class! I joined in a couple weeks ago but this is my first time sharing. I have never worked in charcoal (too messy!!) but I am learning a lot from the experience. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

  4. This was fun. I love toned and black paper…but, for some reason, I just couldn’t get…satisfied with it. I’m not sure why. I think part of it for me was using the white…it was too stark. So…something took hold of me and said…”get out something…something else…maybe two pastels…” and I did..yellow and orange and I do think I like it better.

  5. I didn’t have my toned paper sketchbook, so I used a white one. I actually drew it as you taught it, and I didn’t go back and add anymore contrasts-which I would if I had more time. Thanks!

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