Learn to Draw Realistic Portraits | 5 classes on Skillshare
LEARNING PATH

Learn to Draw Realistic Portraits

Have you ever wanted to hone your drawing skills to create more realistic pieces? This Learning Path will guide you through key drawing techniques to achieve a realistic look.

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Your Path

5 classes (9hr 35m) of on-demand instruction. You set the pace!

Your Level

This path is for those who already have drawing and illustration experience.

You'll Need

Drawing paper, graphite pencils, eraser, flat brushes, colored pencils, water-based brush markers.

You'll Create

Two portraits in a realistic style.

1. Introduction to Facial Features

Start your realism journey with the human face. This class will guide you through drawing eyes, noses, lips, and ears accurately using a reference photo.

Off the Grid: Understanding Facial Features for Freehand Portrait Drawings
Off the Grid: Understanding Facial Features for Freehand Portrait Drawings
Ritika Sridhar
1h 59m ·

2. Add a Bit of Texture

Texture is critical for creating a realistic look. Focus on the textural elements of skin -- wrinkles, freckles, and even pores -- and make it look real with colored pencil.

How to Draw Skin Texture: Realistic Drawing Tips
How to Draw Skin Texture: Realistic Drawing Tips
Matheus Macedo
1h 9m ·

3. Develop Your Shading Technique

This class will introduce you to a crucial aspect of making any drawing appear more realistic: how to apply value and shading to your drawings. You will learn how to use darks, lights, and shadows to give your drawings weight and dimension in order for them to look more real.

Shading & Values: Use the Power of Light & Shadow to Create Realistic Art
Shading & Values: Use the Power of Light & Shadow to Create Realistic Art
Kendyll Hillegas
1h 3m ·

4. Bring Your Drawings to Life with Color

Using colored pencils and other mixed media, learn how to use color to capture dynamic, real-life hues.

Learn to Layer: Achieve Realistic Results with Colored Pencils
Learn to Layer: Achieve Realistic Results with Colored Pencils
Ritika Sridhar
58m ·

5. Put It All Together and Draw a Realistic Portrait

Use every technique you have learned so far to draw a realistic portrait from a reference photo. This class will focus on broadening your abilities to use colored pencil and markers to make your drawing look realistic.

Coloured Pencil Drawing Fundamentals: Create A Realistic Portrait
Coloured Pencil Drawing Fundamentals: Create A Realistic Portrait
Temi Danso
37m ·