Portrait Drawing Fundamentals Course


Stan Prokopenko shows an effective approach to drawing the portrait from any angle. Then study the anatomy of eyes, nose, lips, and ears. The information is presented in an entertaining way to keep you engaged and willing to re-watch the lessons.

Includes 2 full length, real-time demonstrations of how to take a portrait from start to finish. You’ll also have access to rotating 3D models that you can use to practice and study from. Mini-lessons in the course are the same as the free versions, not extended.

Total Runtime: 7 Hours 30 Minutes

What You’ll Learn | Features | Reviews | FAQs

Portrait Course


The entire portrait course. Includes 2 narrated demos and 3d models.

3-pack anatomy


The perfect course bundle for learning to draw the human figure. Includes all Anatomy courses, the Figure course, and the Portrait course!

pack 10 Proko courses and model packs


The ultimate Proko bundle. Includes all Anatomy, Figure, and Portrait courses, 9 Model Packs, and 4 Model in Motion Video sets

What You’ll Learn

Loomis Method

Learn how to use the Loomis Method for constructing the 3d forms of the head. This allows you to draw the head in any angle from your imagination or from life.


Learn the anatomy and how to draw realistic eyes step by step. Being able to draw realistic eyes brings your portraits to life.


Learn to draw the nose by deconstructing it into major and minor planes. This will help you to shade the forms and make the nose pop from the page.


Give your portraits luscious lips by starting with 5 squishy little pillows and then rendering the 3-dimensional forms using tone.


Learn how to manage the complexity of the ear with the “Y?” method. You’ll also learn “shadow mapping” to design the light and dark patterns of the shadows.


Most people approach hair the wrong way. In this course, you’ll learn how to give hair volume in your drawings. No more spaghetti hair!


Step by Step Instruction

Receive step by step instruction on drawing each facial feature. Learn each one at your own pace and then put them all together at the end to complete a portrait.

Real Time Demos

Most of us are visual learners (we’re artists!), so hearing it explained is not enough. We have to see it many times. You’ll get access to real-time versions of the demonstrations so you can observe the process as it is and learn pencil control and technique.

3D Models

Students have access to rotating 3D models that they can use to practice and study from. Both Male and Female skulls and a Loomis Head are included in the course.

Full Demonstrations

Includes 2 full length, real-time demonstrations of how to take a portrait from start to finish. You’ll learn how the whole process, including the layin and shading.

What people are saying…


“Over the last year, Stan Prokopenko has produced some of the best online tutorials on head drawing.”

– James Gurney
Best selling author ‘Dinotopia’
“I am one of the tens or hundreds of thousands who have watched your videos on YouTube. You are a gifted teacher, respectful of your students’ brains, and I think your Andrew Loomis explanations would make him pleased as can be. I’m impressed. Thanks for doing them.”

– Marshall Vandruff
“The way you teach I’ve been able to finally understand the Loomis Method, it was complicated seeing it in the book. Thank you for breaking it down into steps. My family said my drawings changed overnight after learning from your videos.”

– Elizabeth
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing such a great job of presenting your ideas and methods for others to learn. I think what I benefit from the most is the way you explain the thought process you use when confronted with a problem in drawing. I’ve been using the Loomis approach for many years, but I still experience moments of real insight as I work through the material on your DVD. So again, thank you so much for making your material available for others to use.”

– Bill, Boulder CO

Frequently Asked Questions

Is $59 a monthly fee?

No, it’s a one-time payment and you have access to the Portrait Drawing Fundamentals videos and 3d models forever. You are essentially purchasing a product. It’s not a subscription.

Can I download the videos?

Yup! Each video is downloadable as an mp4 file at 720p. Please don’t share the videos. Each purchase helps to create future videos like these.

Can I buy this course as a gift?

Absolutely! You can get as a gift for someone using this checkout.

Can I send my drawings for critique?

Yes, you can email me your assignments from the videos and I will reply with a critique. Premium members get priority for critiques. Check out the critiques page.

Are there subtitles in my language?

A downloadable transcript is available for each video which you can translate to whatever language you want using your favorite translator such as Google Translate.

Do I get access to all videos you make in the future?

No, this includes only ‘Portrait Drawing Fundamentals’ lessons. For the list of lessons included, scroll up to the top of this page.