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Drawing Charcoal Portraits

In our lessons on Drawing Charcoal Portraits, we guide you through various step by step tutorials that illustrate a classical approach to drawing with charcoal and chalk. These include individual lessons on How to Draw the Face, How to Draw the Eyes, How to Draw the Nose, How to Draw the Mouth and How to Draw the Hair. We also explore different Portrait Lighting Setups and explain the Materials and Techniques you need for charcoal drawing.

Color Pencil Portraits

In our Color Pencil Portrait Lesson we will lead you from the first tentative marks that you make on the paper, gradually building up the layers of line, tone, color, pattern and texture to complete a complex and skilful portrait. We also focus on the individual features of the face, explaining and resolving any difficulties you may encounter when drawing the eyes, nose, mouth, skin, hair and clothes.

Pencil Portraits

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.

Painting Portraits with Acrylics

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.

Pop Art Portraits

Our Pop Art Portrait Lessons offer you the choice of two projects: a Pop Art Project for single users and a Pop Art Group Project  that allows for up to 20 individuals to participate. Each project is clearly illustrated and easy to follow with many exemplars and templates to assist you.

Chuck Close Project

This lesson is a group projects for up to 20 students. It begins as a project on color and ends up as a large scale portrait that was inspired by the paintings of the American artist, Chuck Close.

To help you with the preparation for this lesson we have supplied free sets of images that you may print and use with your class or group. The templates from our Pop Art Portrait Lessons can also be adapted for this project.


Portrait Artists

Portraits express the beauty, status, power, wealth or character of their subjects. Artists use a wide range of media for portraiture, including drawing, printing, painting, sculpture, photography and multimedia.


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