Portrait Drawing 101

In this one session we will do a crash course in portrait sketching and drawing.

We learn to capture the positions of the facial features in in a few simple marks. This takes seconds, with a little practice.
Portrait sketching course at Inglis Academy, Crows Nest

Then we add tone and texture if we want to develop that sketch into a drawing. (Note: this is not the same face shown in the first example!)
Portrait sketching course at Inglis Academy, Crows Nest

You might be surprised to hear that human face is not inherently more complex than other objects. The real difficulty in drawing and painting it 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.

We will draw studies which concentrate on a certain aspect of a face.
Portrait sketching course
We will look at proportions, the basic shapes, the areas of dark and light (chiarascuro), and specific features such as the eye, nose or mouth.

We explore the benefits of using different qualities of line from very loose with a lot of circular movement to shorter and straighter lines.

Entry requirements: Sketching 101

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Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665

Porcelain smoothness achieved by fine gradation of tone and soft edges.

Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665
Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring

One of my artistic passions is to learn the style of a master painter, and then create more works in that style. This is one way that Western Culture is kept alive and relevant. My Vermeer will obviously be different to Vermeer's Vermeer.

The intent is not to copy, but rather to recreate the works, or work in the spirit of the original.

I go to great lengths to understand the style and technique of the master painters, and have so far published 28 books explaining the techniques and concepts of Western Art and Music.

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My book on Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring

This is analogous to the way classical musicians perform. They study the style and then recreate the works in the present with spontaneity and presence. (Click here to see and hear some of my work in the domain of music.)

In 2003 Scarlett Johansson starred in a movie about the painting, which ceratainly elevated awareness of the piece in the public consciousness.

Scarlett Johansson as  'Girl with the Pearl Earring;.
Scarlett Johansson as the quot;Girl with the Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer

In a series of paintings I call "The 3 Faces of Vermeer", I show Greta at three stages of life.

Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring, 1665' painted by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
As a young girl...

Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring, 1665' painted by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
In maturity...

Vermeer: 'Girl with the Pearl Earring, 1665' painted by Sydney artist Peter Inglis.
And in her middle years

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