Masterclass with Damien Shen: Tonal Drawing

Masterclass with Damien Shen: Tonal Drawing

$460.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Damien Shen
Mon 8 Jul to Tue 9 Jul
9.30am – 4.30pm
Level – Intermediate to Advanced


Join award-winning artist Damien Shen in this masterclass to take your portrait rendering techniques to the next level. Learn how to create a dynamic sense of light, dark and form in your drawings.  Shen will share techniques he has honed throughout his practice to construct a portrait drawing from beginning to end. You will participate in each stage of the portrait drawing process while developing skills in charcoal and pastel rendering.


Material list:  

  • Pan Pastel – Black 
  • Soft Tool No. 3 (to apply pan pastel) 
  • Blending Paper Stump No. 4
  • Tombow Mono Zero Black Round Eraser
  • 1 x Generals Charcoal Pencil 2B  (medium)
  • 1 x Generals Charcoal Pencil 4B  (Soft)
  • 1 x Generals Charcoal Pencil HB  (Hard)
  • 1 x Generals White Charcoal Pencil
  • 2 x sheet Grey pastel paper with grain – I use Fabriano Tiziano (Nebbia Grey) Sheet size 50cm x 65cm
  • Paper towel 


Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri and Chinese descent. As an artist he draws on both of these powerful cultural influences to create works of intense personal meaning. In using his artistic talent to share his story he aims to open the eyes of viewers to new ways of seeing Australian identity and Aboriginal art.  

Damien Shen constantly pushes his practice across different mediums. From time consuming, labor intensive drawings and paintings to bleeding watercolors, printmaking and photography, he is constantly constructing and deconstructing the world around him. Through this imagery he better understands his identity and the identity of those that help to shape the world he lives and the content remains relevant to contemporary Australian issues around race, history and politics. 

In February 2016, Damien Shen was the winner of the Blake Prize (emerging category), December 2015, the winner of the Prospect Portraiture prize, and a finalist in the prestigious Whyalla Art Prize and Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award along with being hand-picked for the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.  

Damien Shen lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia 


Image: Courtesy of the artist


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Categories:Winter SchoolShort Courses
Content Type:Portraiture

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