Portrait Art: How To Draw Faces

Morgan Swank

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8 Videos (34m)
    • Skillshare Intro

    • Supply List

    • Choosing Your Photo

    • Gridding Your Drawing

    • Shading Techniques and Drawing Your Grid

    • Outline Your Drawing

    • Shading Your Drawing

    • Shading Hair and Finishing Touches


About This Class

This class is for anyone who has ever wanted to draw a face from a photo and have it really look like that person. While I share the basics of pencil portrait art, it is also in depth enough for the intermediate to advanced artist. 

In this class you will learn:

  • What tools are needed to create a pencil portrait
  • How to pick a good photo for drawing
  • How to get an accurate outline
  • How to create smooth skin tones
  • How to draw hair


51 of 53 students recommendSee All

Very nice work. Though I wanted to see the picture at the same time she was drawing
I could not draw faces to save my soul until I took this class! Now it's as if I've had a breakthrough and I'm able to not only sketch faces, but I can capture specific features and feel confident! Highly recommend this class!
This lecture is very informative and the demonstration was great. Morgan - how do I acquire the transparent grid file to use in photoshop?





Hi! I'm Morgan Swank and I am an accessories designer and freelance illustrator living in Richmond, VA.

I first fell in love with drawing as a little girl and have never lost my passion to create. I began developing my skills as a portrait artist and my work has continued to evolve into an emphasis in fashion illustration.

You can follow my artistic endevors on my website - morganswank.com.