Portrait Drawing 

In Graphite & Charcoal

Master drawing the portrait in 6 weeks.
Class starts May 8th.

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Step-by-Step Demos

Both pre-recorded and live demonstrations for you to watch, re-watch, and draw along with.

Personalized Feedback

Get help when you're stuck either during live class, or in between meetings by posting on the forum.

Lifelong Learning

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Accuracy in Graphite

While working in graphite, we will focus on accuracy and gradual shading.

  • Lesson 1: Facial Features in Graphite
    • An introduction to graphite drawing methods, exploring the sketching and shading of the individual features of the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears.
  • Lesson 2: Beginning a Sight-Size Portrait in Graphite
    • In this lesson we will learn how to take measurements from a photo to create a very accurate drawing in graphite. Great for training your eye as a beginner, and for commissions where accuracy is paramount.
  • Lesson 3: Finishing a Graphite Portrait
    • Here we complete shading and details in the portrait and discuss the pros and cons of blending or smudging.

Form Building in Charcoal

Drawing in charcoal brings opportunities to take a more dynamic and flexible approach to proportion and bolder shading options. These methods are faster than those used for graphite but require greater skill to execute.

  • Lesson 4: Intro to Charcoal Block-In
    • Now we switch gears to Lacey's preferred method for most drawing situations, including working from life. Using angles as a basis for proportion, we can now reduce and enlarge as we wish, but must rely more on observation and adjustment for accuracy.
  • Lesson 5: Beginning Shading in Charcoal
    • This week we will focus on layers of shading in charcoal and how to know what kind of marks you should be using and in which direction you should make them.
  • Lesson 6: Finishing a Charcoal Portrait
    • In our final installment, we will cover aspects that make a drawing as a whole stand out and work as a composition, increasing the sense of overall depth and feeling of life in the work.

Learn to Draw Incredibly Realistic Portraits

Join in the live group class Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm CST via Zoom
beginning May 8th.

Can't make it to the live meeting? No problem.
Everything's recorded so you won't miss a thing, and you can post your work to the community forum for feedback.

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