Our page banner is a detail from the painting 'Portrait of a Young Man' (1510) by Vincenzo Catena.
Our Pencil Portrait Lesson offers an illustrated step by step tutorial that guides you through Drawing a Pencil Portrait from start to finish. Our other lessons in this section focus on the Proportions of the Head, the difficulties you encounter in drawing the eyes, nose, mouth and ear, and the Pencil Shading Exercises that you should practice to develop your drawing technique.
Our lesson on 'Painting Portraits with Acrylics' illustrates the step by step skills and techniques of acrylic painting. As an example we use our painting of Robert Burns to guide you through the entire process of portraiture exploring such stages as: The Preparatory Drawing, Starting the Painting, Painting the Eyes, Painting the Skin, Painting the Hair, Painting the Clothes, Materials for Acrylic Painting and Framing the Portrait.