Digital Head and Portrait Painting
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Digital Head and Portrait Painting

Learn how to draw and paint the human head like a pro!
4.3 (198 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
11,229 students enrolled
Created by Ryan Nimtz
Last updated 1/2018
English
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Current price: $104.99 Original price: $149.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create accurate and believable head drawings and portrait paintings digitally
  • Understand the anatomy of the head and face
  • Understand painting principles that will aid you in general
  • Understand light and color
Requirements
  • Some kind of digital raster-based art program (Photoshop, Pro Create, Krita, etc.)
  • A basic understanding of drawing
Description

Join the course that takes you from beginner to seasoned expert in portrait painting!

Do you want to learn how to paint beautiful portraits? A refresher for anatomical drawing?  Maybe you want to understand how light and color work to improve your drawing and painting skills.

This 'Digital Head and Portrait Painting' course will teach you how to create believable and appealing portrait drawings and paintings digitally, both in grayscale and color.  Whether you use Photoshop, ProCreate, Krita, or whatever other digital painting software, the content of this course will apply just the same!  The principles I teach even apply outside of the realm of portraits.

I’ll guide you through the process of understanding face and head anatomy so you can confidently draw from both reference and you imagination, and I’ll show you some valuable resources to further expand your anatomical and artistic knowledge.  I’ll teach you the essentials of painting, light, and color, as well as explaining the way that common elements of portrait paintings should be implemented for the best results.  I’ll even go into full detail as I do two large painting demos for you, detailing my entire thought process and techniques so you can follow along every step of the way.

The human head is an essential part of drawing and painting people, and understanding it is indispensable when designing appealing and believable characters, drawing from observation, and making impressive portfolio pieces.  By the end of the course, you can go from knowing little about anatomy and drawing, to understanding and painting beautiful portraits!

The course is set up to take you through progressive steps that build on each other.  As you learn each principle, it will help you understand the next.  With 6.5 hours worth of lectures, there’s plenty to learn, and I look forward to sharing it all with you!

You'll also get exclusive resources and personal help!

You’ll have access to my own personal brushes for digital painting in ProCreate, the program that I use most frequently, as well as links to extra resources and reference for anatomy, drawing, design, and painting.  In addition, you’ll be able to join a Facebook group exclusively for artists to post your work and get feedback from me and your classmates.  You’ll also have priority for live feedback and paintovers during my livestreaming sessions on Twitch.

Plus, this course comes with a 100% money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied.  

I’m ready to start helping you take your artistic abilities to the next level!


Join the course and let’s make some art together!

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to improve their artistic skills, especially at head drawing and painting
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 06:27:51
+ Painting Basics
3 lectures 52:57
Color and Light Primer
16:00
Materials and Representation
26:22
Learning
10:35
+ Facial Anatomy
7 lectures 02:18:00

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of eyes from different angles.  Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings.  Medium is 25 drawings.  Hard mode is 50 drawings.

Eyes 2
21:05
Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of eyes from different angles. Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings. Medium is 25 drawings. Hard mode is 50 drawings. Do at least one painting of an eye. Then upload your work to the Facebook page if you'd like!
Eyes
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of mouths from different angles.  Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings.  Medium is 25 drawings.  Hard mode is 50 drawings.

Mouths
23:52
Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of mouths from different angles. Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings. Medium is 25 drawings. Hard mode is 50 drawings. Do at least one painting of a mouth. Then upload your work to the Facebook page if you'd like!
Mouths
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of noses from different angles.  Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings.  Medium is 25 drawings.  Hard mode is 50 drawings.

Preview 16:04
Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of noses from different angles. Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings. Medium is 25 drawings. Hard mode is 50 drawings. Do at least one painting of a nose. Then upload your work to the Facebook page if you'd like!
Noses
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of ears from different angles.  Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings.  Medium is 25 drawings.  Hard mode is 50 drawings.

Ears
18:17
Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of ears from different angles. Draw them! Easy mode is 10 drawings. Medium is 25 drawings. Hard mode is 50 drawings. Do at least one painting of an ear. Then upload your work to the Facebook page if you'd like!
Ears
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of heads from different angles.  Draw them! Easy mode is 5 drawings.  Medium is 10 drawings.  Hard mode is 20 drawings.

Head Drawing
20:10
Go to Google or Pinterest and find images of heads from different angles. Draw them! Easy mode is 5 drawings. Medium is 10 drawings. Hard mode is 20 drawings. Then upload your work to the Facebook page if you'd like!
Head Drawing
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find a few examples of facial plane models.  Copy them!

Facial Planes
19:14
Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find a few examples of facial plane models. Copy them!
Facial Planes
1 question
+ Black and White Portrait Study
5 lectures 01:24:19

Assignment for this lecture: Go to Google or Pinterest and find a portrait photo you like.  If it's a color image, drag the saturation on it down to 0 so the image becomes grayscale.  Draw a sketch of it to begin your photo study!

Make the Sketch
14:25
Go to Google or Pinterest and find a portrait photo you like. If it's a color image, drag the saturation on it down to 0 so the image becomes grayscale. Draw a sketch of it to begin your photo study!
Make the Sketch
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Add in the flat values on your sketch.

Easy mode: use the eyedropper tool to grab actual values from the photo. 

Hard mode: guess at the values you pick until you think it's correct.  You can even pick your values and paint on another layer on top of the photo to see how close you were with your guess, and keep going until you find something that's close enough.

Add Flat Values
05:00
Add in the flat values on your sketch.
Add Flat Values
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Start to add in plane changes that show light and shadow.

Easy mode: use the eyedropper tool to find the values you should use.

Hard mode: Try to figure out the values for yourself.

Define Forms
28:52
Start to add in plane changes that show light and shadow. Easy mode: use the eyedropper tool to find the values you should use. Hard mode: Try to figure out the values for yourself.
Define Forms
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Continue to paint in the details after the last lecture.  Easy mode and hard mode are the same as they were in that lecture.

Paint in the Details
31:44
Continue to paint in the details after the last lecture. Easy mode and hard mode are the same as they were in that lecture.
Paint in the Details
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Figure out a way to add some kind of texture to the image, whether that's with noise, some kind of textured brush, so whatever you can come up with.  Finish your painting!

Finishing Touches
04:18
Figure out a way to add some kind of texture to the image, whether that's with noise, some kind of textured brush, so whatever you can come up with. Finish your painting!
Finishing Touches
1 question
+ Color Portrait From Imagination
8 lectures 01:38:03

Assignment for this lecture: Use what you've learned from the past lectures to draw a portrait sketch from your imagination.  You can use reference to help you figure out certain details, but don't just copy another photo!

Preview 12:01
Use what you've learned from the past lectures to draw a portrait sketch from your imagination. You can use reference to help you figure out certain details, but don't just copy another photo!
Make the Sketch
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Use the same steps we talked about in the photo study painting to make a grayscale painting for your sketch.  Don't forget to decide where your light is coming from!

Make the Grayscale Painting
20:58
Use the same steps we talked about in the photo study painting to make a grayscale painting for your sketch. Don't forget to decide where your light is coming from!
Make the Grayscale Painting
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Start to add simple colors to your grayscale painting the way we talked about in the video.  

Add the Basic Colors
12:11
Start to add simple colors to your grayscale painting the way we talked about in the video.
Add the Basic Colors
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Determine areas that would have highlights in your painting.  Don't forget to reference your lighting direction!

Add Highlights
19:06
Determine areas that would have highlights in your painting and paint them in. Don't forget to reference your lighting direction!
Add Highlights
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Add reflected light in the shadow areas.

Add Reflected Light and Details
11:57
Add reflected light in the shadow areas, and start to refine the details for your painting.
Add Reflected Light and Details
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Continue painting, and decide what details you want to take out.

Trial and Error
11:25
Continue painting, and decide what details you want to take out.
Trial and Error
1 question

Assignment for this lecture: Add finishing details to the image.  You could soften some of the edges in the painting, add some kind of texture, or figure something else out.  You decide what to do!

Finishing Touches
09:06
Add finishing details to the image. You could soften some of the edges in the painting, add some kind of texture, or figure something else out. You decide what to do!
Finishing Touches
1 question
Conclusion
01:19