Portrait Drawing

Suitable for High school and adult, beginners welcome.

In these lessons we learn and practice the basic skills of drawing portraits. I recommend you do at least a few of these sessions before painting a portrait. They are also a great way for more experienced artists to brush up on the basics.

Portrait sketching course at Inglis Academy, Crows Nest Portrait sketching course at Inglis Academy, Crows Nest
We learn to capture the positions of the facial features in in a few simple marks. This takes seconds. Then we add tone and texture if we want to develop that sketch into a drawing.

The human face is not inherently more complex than other objects. The real difficulty lies in our brain, which contains incredibly powerful "facial recognition software". This class will help you get past the stumbling blocks and get real enjoyment out of portraits.

Portrait sketching course
We draw studies which concentrate on a certain aspect of a face. It may focus on the proportions, the basic shapes, the areas of dark and light (chiarascuro), or certain features such as the eye, nose or mouth. We explore the benefits of using different qualities of line, some being very loose with a lot of circular movement, others being composed of shorter and straighter lines.

Recommended books:


How to Sketch Shapes