How to Draw with Conte

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This post is part of Tutorial Tuesday, a series hosted by “The Admission Insider” and PortPrep owner Karen Kesteloot. Tutorial Tuesday aims to help students improve the artworks in their college art portfolio by teaching various hand drawing techniques.

How to Draw Using Conte | Tutorial Tuesday

Conte are drawing materials originally from France and are made from kaolin clay, natural pigments, and graphite. Conte crayons produce rich opacity and vivid colors, especially when used on bristol, grained surfaces, and newsprint. Unlike oil pastels, conte crayons are less waxy, do not leave dust on canvas after use, and contain more pigments in a stick.

To view examples of drawings and artworks that made use of conte crapyons, check out this Pinterest Board by clicking here.

Karen has made a tutorial video on her Youtube channel teaching one of her students how to draw with conte. She details the best ways to use conte crayons, as well as techniques she applies in her drawings to create shades and shadows using this medium.

Note: The video at the end also discuss how to use charcoal for your drawing.

Key takeaways

  • Better to break the stick if the conte crayon is too big for you to hold when drawing.
  • Rub down the side of the conte so that it draws evenly on a canvas.
  • Pressing down on one end of your conte using your index finger and thumb and running it along your canvas would produce a darker shade on one end and a natural shade on the other.
  • Create different volumes for your lines and edges in your drawings using conte. It depends on the pressure you apply on the conte to the canvas and the angle of the conte you use to draw with

If you want a more extensive and comprehensive lesson on how to draw with conte, then you will need Karen’s coaching services for this!

She will teach you the basics of conte just like what you saw on the video above, as well as review your college portfolio and give her advice on how you can improve it to increase your chances of getting into the art or design program of your choice!

If there’s any doubt regarding Karen’s drawing skills using conte crayon, below is another video of her drawing a paper bag using this particular medium!

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