Drawing Portraits: The Full Portrait

Emily Armstrong, The Pencil Room

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14 Lessons (2h 14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Your Project

    • 3. Tips For Choosing a Photograph

    • 4. Analysis of the Face

    • 5. Layout of the Face

    • 6. Shape of the Face

    • 7. Eyes, Nose, Mouth Layout

    • 8. Eyes, Nose, Mouth Shading

    • 9. Shading Skin Tones Part 1

    • 10. Two Little Tricks

    • 11. Shading Skin Tones Part 2

    • 12. Drawing Hair

    • 13. Balancing The Overall Tones

    • 14. Final Thoughts


About This Class

This intermediate to advanced level drawing class will take you through drawing a portrait from start to finish.

This class is Part 3 of a series and if you are just starting out drawing portraits I recommend you take the first two classes before taking this one to understand the basic concepts and techniques used in this lesson. However if you are new to drawing and to gain an insight into the drawing process and what there is to look forward to then of course you’re welcome to take a look!

Throughout the portrait drawing process I will talk you through important stages including sketching the layout out the face, working on the details of the eyes, nose and mouth, shading the skin tones, creating hair detail, and balancing the tones in your drawing.

This is a LONG class as I think its important for you to see the whole process, mistakes and all! Because of the length there are two ways you might use this course: 

1. Work through the entire course using the photograph file provided and drawing along with me so you can practice applying the different steps and checking significant parts of your own drawing as it is covered in the video. I suggest booking out some time across a week or two to do this, perhaps a half hour or so in the evenings.

2. If you are working on your own portraits and are having trouble with a particular area eg. the hair, or shading skin, then you might jump straight to that particular video to observe and listen to the tips given and then apply these to your own work.

Its important that you set aside some dedicated time to watch the videos and absorb the information with this type of longer processed based class, rather than rushing through. You can always set the playback speed a little faster if you need to skim - this ensures you still hear where there is relevant information given!

Check out my other classes if you are after something short and sweet!

Feel free to post in the discussion if you have any questions :)