Start Drawing: Techniques for Pencil Portraits Premium class

Gabrielle DeCesaris, Portrait Artist- ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

17 Videos (1h 12m)
  • Materials and Techniques

    • Intro and Materials

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      04:05
    • Pencil Techniques

      02:17
  • References

    • Choosing a Reference

      03:01
  • Proportions

    • Proportions and Measuring Tricks

      04:44
  • Sketching

    • Sketching

      04:12
  • Planes and Light & Shade

    • Planes, Light & Shade, and Edges

      05:51
    • Start Shading

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      04:12
  • The Eyes

    • Learning the Eye

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      04:35
    • Sketching the Eye

      03:51
    • Shading the Eye

      05:24
  • The Nose

    • The Nose- Anatomy and Planes

      03:05
    • Sketching and Shading the Nose

      03:39
  • The Mouth

    • The Mouth

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      03:13
    • Drawing the Mouth

      05:53
  • The Ear

    • The Ear

      06:02
  • The Hair

    • Drawing the Hair

      04:47
  • Drawing Tips

    • Tips for Success

      03:07

About This Class

Drawing is an art that is accessible to anyone. Originally a self-taught artist, I learned so much through practice alone. However, through studying tutorials posted by peers online, taking classes with professional portrait artists, and by studying the works of old masters, I’ve been able to reach a new level of knowledge that I would love to pass on to anyone willing to learn.

I’m teaching this class to share my process with you so you can learn the drawing secret it has taken me years to discover: the most beautiful drawings are often the most simple drawings. 

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What You'll Learn

In this class I'll teach you how to get started drawing your own beautiful life-like pencil portraits. We'll cover: 

  • Materials. Which materials and references will make for the best portraits. 
  • Basic Sketching. How to compose your basic sketch through gesture and accurate proportions.
  • Planes. How to understand light and shade on the planes of the face.
  • Features and Forms. How to structure the forms of your subject's eyes, nose, mouth, and hair. 
  • Finishing Touches. How to capture those finishing details that will really make your portrait special. 

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What You'll Do

Use this class to get started on your own pencil portrait. Collaborate with classmates from all over the world and share your project for feedback. 

Class Supplies

You can get started with any pencil, paper and erasers but below are some more specific recommendations from me. 

  • Paper. Heavy weight bristol paper. I'd recommend: 100lb Canson vellum bristol, 9”x12” or 11”x14”
  • Pencils. Mechanical pencils, I'd recommend: 0.3mm Draft Line and 0.5mm graphite 925 Staedtler 
  • Lead. I'd recommend: Pentel lead refills 0.3mm 3H lead and 0.5mm 4B lead
  • Blenders. Tissues, q-tips, and blending stumps
  • Erasers. Regular erasers, I'd recommend: Pink Pearl eraser, kneaded eraser, and Faber-Castell eraser pencil

99% Positive Reviews 217 See All

Love this class! definitevely my draws have improved so much!! thanks Gabrielle
Just brilliant. Great advice for those who are new to drawing and very inspiring for veterans.
Cesar Mujica

Artist

very helpful class! The most important thing is to practice more!

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Gabrielle DeCesaris

Portrait Artist- ArtworkbyGabrielle.com

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Gabrielle is an exciting young artist who is gaining attention in the art world.

Her love for exploring different materials has made her proficient in creating artworks using a variety of mediums, including charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil paints, markers, and digital media. Her distinctive style has garnered her many commissioned works as well.

Gabrielle has an Associates Degree in Visual Arts. In college and in her training with art professionals thereafter, she took courses in two and three dimensional design, color, portraiture, and art history.

Devoted to her craft, Gabrielle is always pushing her skills and learning new techniques by drawing and painting every day. She is also currently a member of a life drawing co-op where she can paint in front of a live model. 

Driven by the amazing qualities of the human form and face, Gabrielle hopes to record the beauty of life in her art for others to enjoy.