Classical Portraiture Techniques and Concepts

26 Lessons
Skill Level
Int. & Adv.
47h 2m

This course is taught in 3 Parts: Portrait Drawing, Grisaille Painting, and Full Palette Painting. Part 1 will have 3 demonstrations (each with a refined and real time version).

Part 1 - Portrait Drawing in Graphite

Creating a realistic portrait in graphite is a demanding project that requires practical solutions for the challenges you face at every stage. In this tutorial I will teach you how to maintain the structure in your drawing while going from line to blocking in values. Eventually going all the way through to making your final refinements. You will start by selecting a source image from the model photos provided and preparing your materials.

Part 2 - The Grisaille Method of Underpainting

The term grisaille describes a monochrome painting or under-painting usually created in shades of gray. Originating from the French word “gris” meaning “gray.” The work of grisaille may be created as an independent finished painting, it can also be employed as an underpainting for an oil painting whose final layer is painted using a full color palette. When used as an underpainting this method emphasizes a study of composition, values, form, and light effect. A perfect way to ease the transition from a preparatory drawing into an oil painting.

Part 3 - Portrait Painting with a Full Color Palette

This final tutorial in the series will focus on making a direct painting over our grisaille layer. This approach involves painting wet into wet and is most useful for oil painting students as it allows strokes to be softened and blended most efficiently. While learning how to paint an accurate portrait you will also learn about the discipline of oil painting. The subjects covered here will include many elements: color, form, light, shadow, texture, mediums, brushes, supports and more.

What you will learn
1How to keep your block in clear and simple
A drawing isn’t likely to get better than its initial block in. In this tutorial I will break down the concepts I use to ensure a result.
2How to study and find accurate value relationships
Organizing values is one of the most challenging parts of the drawing process. I will show you how I do it, and the techniques I use to make those values clean and even.
3How to block in clear and simplified values
Simplification is critical to the early stages of value application. Starting out we should look at the big planes. I will walk you through how I choose these planes and the shapes that they make in my drawing.
4Maintaining structure throughout the final stages of modeling form
In the final stages of a drawing, while we are getting into the details, it is easy to lose the sense of structure in your drawing. This can be addressed by understanding well the relationship of smaller forms to the larger ones.
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