Live Lessons: Realistic Portrait Drawing with Pencil

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This lesson series features:
8 Hours of Instruction
8 Videos

About This Lesson Series...

In this lesson series, we create a realistic portrait drawing with various graphite pencils on hot press watercolor paper.

Lesson 1 (1:08:05)

In lesson one, we begin drawing the contours of the subject.

Lesson 2 (1:08:07)

In lesson two, we begin developing the texture of the hair and forehead.

Lesson 3 (1:09:04)

In lesson three, we continue developing the texture of the hair and the forehead.

Lesson 4 (1:10:21)

In lesson four, we address the eyebrows and begin work on the eyes.

Lesson 5 (1:03:28)

In lesson five, we address the eyes.

Lesson 6 (1:12:02)

In lesson six, we address the nose and the ear.

Lesson 7 (1:05:26)

In lesson seven, we address the mouth and lips.

Lesson 8 (1:08:16)

In lesson eight, we complete the drawing.

realistic portrait drawing with pencil

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Photo Reference

Here's what you'll need...

  • Graphite Pencil Pencils
  • Canson Heritage Hot Press Watercolor Paper
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Ruler

Lesson Discussion

  1. I’m still watching the 1st lesson but would you comment on the position of your hand on the pencil if you haven’t already. i notice that you are high up on the pencil as opposed to close the point.
    thanks tom

  2. There was alot of talk of photoshop in lesson 6.. If there is someone who is somewhat tech savvy there is a program called Inkscape to download which is free. There is also a website called that will allow photo manipulation right on the webpage, it is also free.

  3. I heard you talk about the grid technique before on how you make the grid. The thing is, if you make a screenwriter of your drawing, the quality of your image decreases tremendously. If you find a grid online, it may not align properly to your particular image. Normally I use a layout of guidelines, and then use the line tool in Photoshop. The lines will automatically align to the guidelines. It’s a little bit more work, but it works without decreasing the quality of the image.

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