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Portrait Art: How To Draw Faces

Morgan Swank, Illustrator

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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


82 of 86 students recommendSee All

loved the idea of using a grid. Thank you for the class!
In my opinion this class is great for first time artists. I’ve been taught the grid method prior to the computer now that took forever! So seeing her way seems to cut some time. I’ve done tracing. I’ve done a ruler divider method. Just for speed 1 tracing 2 grid 3 ruler/divider. I do believe if you are doing a portrait with proper shading and time put in the tracing method can be called your own. It helps you get close to a likeness. I can tell you that by the end the reaction of the recipient. If it’s your loved one they don’t care how you got started they only care about the end. Thanks for this class getting my 10 different pencil sets out and getting to work!!





Morgan Swank


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 fashion illustration and architecture sketching.

You can follow my artistic endevors on my website -

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