Portrait Drawing 101 - Pencil Drawing Course for Beginners
What you'll learn
- Drawing an appealing realistic portrait of a woman's face
- How to draw the head from any angle
- How to draw each facial feature (the eye, the nose, the ear, the mouth)
- How to draw facial expressions
- Perspective drawing & Shading principles
- paper + pencil + sharpener + eraser
- or alternatively a digital drawing tool (e.g. iPad + Apple Pencil)
- motivation and desire to learn to draw
In this 5.5-hour portrait drawing course I will teach you step by step how to draw your first impressing portrait with a pencil on a paper or a digital drawing tool.
No previous drawing knowledge is necessary. This drawing course is for beginners.
Most people think that drawing a human portrait is extremely difficult. Actually, it's just a myth. If there is desire in you, you will learn this stuff. Believe it or not, art is not the privilege of the few, it is more like a set of skills that you can learn.
Even if you draw like a 4-year old kid now, it will change dramatically in a few days.
Portraiture is a great thing, because once you draw you first pencil portrait, it will make you believe that you are able to learn to draw anything.
What drawing tools you need
If you have just a traditional graphite pencil and some copy papers, that's perfectly enough to begin this course. But if you prefer to use any digital drawing tools, that's ok too. For example, you can use Photoshop with a drawing tablet, or the popular drawing & painting app called Procreate on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. Whatever drawing tool you use, note that we will be doing traditional portrait drawing with a simple graphite pencil (or its digital equivalent).
This beginner drawing course consists of four main sections.
I like to build up my students' drawing skills systematically, so we will start off with the basic building blocks of the human head, and gradually moving forward. You'll be doing plenty of drawing exercises before you draw your first full portrait.
The 1st section is about the structure of the head. The structure, the proportions, and relative position of the facial features (the eyes, the nose, the ears, the mouth, etc.) are crucial for drawing a realistic portrait.
So, you will learn
how to draw the head from any angle in a few simple steps (sketching)
the proportions of the head, the location of facial features in front view and side view
the planes of the head which will help you to understand its 3D structure, how to draw a face in perspective, and create a believable shading later in the course
The 2nd section is about one of the most important drawing skills called shading. Shading is key to create depth and the illusion of 3-dimensionality on your drawings.
You will learn
how an object surface behaves in light
how shadows are created
and how to illustrate them on your drawings to create a convincing 3D look
You can also make some shading exercises to prepare yourself for drawing faces from real life.
In the 3rd section you will have the opportunity to draw each facial features one by one in all kinds of viewing angles.
You will learn
how to draw eyes
how to draw nose
how to draw ears
how to draw mouth or lips
As a bonus, I'll show you how to illustrate emotions on the face in cartoon style. When you draw a human portrait, it's important to observe every little details on your subject's face. Drawing cartoon faces is fun, and a great exercise to recognize the important facial features. Don't miss this lesson!
In 4th section we will make a fairly realistic, full pencil portrait from scratch.
take a reference photo, and analyze the face piece by piece
draw the construction lines of the head paying special attention to proportions and relations
then start the shading process step by step building up the face layer by layer
make the final touches and polish the portrait
If you follow my instructions and perform the drawing exercises along the way, your friends and family will be amazed what a human portrait you're capable to draw.
Have some fun with me and enroll in this portrait drawing course now.
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Please watch the 2-min Free Preview Video to see if this course is good for you.
You will get an overview of what you can expect from this online course.
Who this course is for:
- Students who are curious about learning to draw the head and interested in portrait drawing with pencil
When I was a kid I liked to draw, but unfortunately there was no good art teacher around me at that time, so my life took another direction - I graduated as an IT engineer. But in my 30’s my attention turned to art again. Science is a great thing to get to know the world, but art is another wonderful aspect of life. So I started to learn drawing on my own finding the best teachers and resources. Through creation you can make connection to something greater than us as I realized later in the learning process. I've decided to share these skills with people who'd like to learn. I'd like you to believe that you don't need to be born for creating great artworks. Anyone can learn to draw. Have some fun with me, and become a more creative person.