Course Description

In this lesson single portrait lesson, we will be exploring charcoal and the many different effects you can create using this beautiful medium. I will also walk you through how I create a portrait using a reference photo. 

We will begin by using soft charcoal to establish the relationships between the features. We will move to the block in of the head, neck, and shoulders to develop the portrait further. I will share how I combine classical portrait techniques and more expressive techniques and marks to create a beautiful and soulful portrait.

Immediate Access


Techniques Taught In Class

  • Hand Toned Background

  • Block In The Portrait Looking Down

  • Finding Movement In the Hair

  • Creating Different Effects With Charcoal

  • Create Beautiful Texture & Lines With Soft Pastels & Conte Crayons


About Me

Renee Mueller

Thank you for choosing to take my class, I'm so thrilled and honored that you're here. I want to tell you a little about me. I hold a BFA from the University of Michigan where I studied Art History, Dance, and Choreography. I danced professionally and had the honor of teaching dance at the University of Michigan's Musical Theater and Theater Departments. Most of my life has been spent in the dance studio and the theater. Because of this, I have had the privilege to work with many talented dancers, costume designers, set designers, lighting designers, and musicians. One of the many things that I learned from this experience in the performing arts was to honor your ideas and devote yourself to a subject. Also, to share, support, and collaborate. Once I decided to "exit stage left", it was challenging to find another creative outlet. Like many of us, I loved to draw, paint and create as a child, but never really invested a tremendous amount of time in cultivating that practice. About 10 years ago I began drawing again and decided to commit to a daily practice. I was challenged and inspired!. So, I continue to practice, experiment with materials, and allow my ideas to guide me through the process. When creating art, I draw upon the many methods I learned as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Research, gathering inspiration, honoring my point of view, and sharing ideas. It is my hope that by sharing my creative practices, my process, techniques and what inspires me, you will find something that works for you.