The Selfie: Create a Portrait with Colored Pencils

Lindsey Bailey, I make things.

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7 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction

    • Materials

    • Gridding

    • Outline

    • Coloring/Rendering I

    • Coloring/Rendering Completed

    • Closing


About This Class

1. Class Description:

In this class, artist and illustrator Lindsey Bailey will teach you to render a life-like self portrait using colored pencils. With endless color possibilities, colored pencils are an amazing medium for achieving photo realism and depth. Less messy than traditional painting, you will come to love the ease of use, flexibility, and control colored pencils have to offer!


You will learn to:

  • Pick your paper. Ditch boring white paper, and go wild with beautiful, toned papers!
  • Use the grid method to transfer an outline to your paper. This will serve as your guide as you color.
  • Use the colored pencils in layers for optimal color, value, and depth.

Along the way, you will also learn some of my favorite tips and tricks including the use of markers for increasing time efficiency. This class is perfect for students of all skill levels. Get ready to put your best face forward in this selfie challenge!

31 of 31 students recommendSee All

I was inspired to use color pencils as this is a fantastic class. Your explanations are clear, your tips so abundant and the sound was great. Please create more classes. Thank you.
using the grid to transfer details to my drawing has been very helpful, as well as the advice to work in layers, start softly and build depth instead of trying to cover an area by pressing down hard. Using the black and white print out alongside the color printout is an invaluable tool. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to create realistic portraits using colored pencil.
Excellent tutorial!





Lindsey Bailey

I make things.

29. Artist. Graphic Designer. Photographer. Mommy.

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