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Portrait Drawing Lessons - Learn to draw portraits

'I've learnt more about portrait drawing from your video workshops than I have from my previous face to face courses combined and at a fraction of the cost. Your teaching is comprehensive, yet clear and engaging.'

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Portrait Drawing

There are many ways of how to draw and paint a portrait. But whether you choose a layered traditional approach or alla prima (which is completing the painting wet-in-wet in one session) your foundational skill-set remains the same.

Learning to draw is about assessing a given shape, its overall proportion and angles.

When we draw a portrait the first step is to establish the overall outside shape of the head. This entails accurately gauging both the height/width proportion and the actual shape. The more common term for this is the contour, but I prefer to call it the arabesque as it denotes a rhythmic quality. For me, terminology implies intent.

The likeness of your portrait is determined by that initial big shape, the arabesque. Everything else is subservient to it. From there it is a matter of breaking down the big shape into the smaller corresponding shapes such as the features, hair, neck, etc.

If you can get that big shape down accurately you can easily get the small shapes. This is working from the general to the specific.

The good news is that learning how to draw beginning with that initial big shape is easily learned. Yes, it does take practice -- everything worthwhile does -- but in a very short while you will master that first critical skill. Everything else builds upon it. And this is what I teach.

portrait drawing lessons for beginners

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Online Portrait Drawing Lessons - Verna

Your first step is to take a look at Drawing a Portrait of Verna. This is a free comprehensive portrait drawing lesson that encapsulates the traditional process of drawing in sanguine conte.

This is an advanced lesson so don't be intimidated. The method I use here is built upon the skills that I teach step-by-step to beginners and artists of all levels.

Beginner Drawing Lessons 3
Michael Britton, Portrait of Sonya, Sanguine Conte

From accurately gauging and striking the outside shape (the arabesque) of the head to the finished drawing is a skill that can be taught to almost anyone.

Begin your training with these free online drawing lessons. The beginner should begin with Drawing an Old Shoe.

The more experienced artist can begin with Drawing a Portrait of Verna in Sanguine Conte.

The Portrait Drawing Mastery Studio Collection
The portrait drawing training program that takes you from Beginner to Advanced

This carefully designed program is your comprehensive portrait drawing education taught by a recognized master artist.

The Portrait Drawing Mastery Studio Collection contains everything you need to become a fully trained portrait artist.

Begin with Mastering Portrait Drawing 1: the frontal pose. This four-hour video download workshop teaches you the necessary fundamentals.

Continue with Mastering Portrait Drawing 2: the 7/8's profile view and hone your skills while understanding the delicate anatomical forms of the portrait in this four hour video download.

And master your portrait drawing with Mastering Portrait Drawing 3: Advanced Techniques, this three and one-half hour workshop trains you how to draw with sanguine conte. And much more!

PLUS you get my Atlas of Facial Anatomy Ebook.

PLUS you also get my Fundamentals in Portrait Drawing, Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 4. These Ebooks, each averaging over 75 pages, get you STARTED  NOW!

AND for a very limited time you also get my Drawing Hands instant download workshop. An extra $27 value!

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