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Portrait Drawing Fundamentals Made Simple

How to Draw Realistic Portraits Step-by-Step!

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  •   Lectures: 36
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  •   Videos: 6 hours
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  •   Level: All
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  •   Language: English
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  •   Last Updated: 11/2018

  • Instructor : Eduonix Learning Solutions

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This portrait drawing course will teach you how to draw beautiful, realistic portraits that captures the subjects likeness.

What makes this course unique from all the others out there, is how it breaks down the complex topic of portrait drawing into manageable concepts and step-by-step exercises.  

You will begin by learning simple concepts and practicing basic drawing exercises. As your hand dexterity and understanding improve, the lessons will gradually increase in difficulty until, by the end of the course, you will have drawn your every one realistic portrait. Even if you are a beginner with no drawing experience, you will find the lessons and exercises easy to understand and enjoyable, while still learning critical drawing skills.  

Key things you will learn:

  • How to simplified the head into basic shapes so you can drawing it more easily
  • How to draw the head from different angles to create more dynamic portraits
  • How to draw the planes of the head in order to create a three-dimensional effect
  • Understanding the rules of lighting in order to make your drawing look realistic 
  • Understanding the basic anatomy of each of the facial features so you can draw them better
  • A simple step-by-step process for drawing a realistic portrait from start to finish
  • And a whole lot more!


  • Reference photos and hi-resolution scans of all finished drawings

Course Overview

This course is divided into 5 sections. 

First section is going to primarily focus on how to draw the head freehand. You'll learn about the very powerful Loomis Method and how to use to it draw a simplified head in the front, 3/4, and side view. 

Then we will learn how to draw this same head and neck in more dynamic angles like the front view tilted down and up and 3/4 view tilted down and up. This will help you understand how the head is affected by perspective and allow you to tackle many different portrait positions. 

Next, you will learn about the proportions of the head and features and how to place them on the face. This knowledge will become very useful in the next section where we'll build upon the Loomis Method to construct a more three-dimensional head. 

Again, we will cover all the different angles like front, 3/4, and side view. As well as the more dynamic positions. 

OK, by now, you should be pretty comfortable with the overall structure of the head and in the third section, we will cover the fundamentals of realistic shading. You will learn about the 5 Elements of Shading and how to combine them to create a three-dimensional look. And you will also learn about the 4 Different Types of Edges and the Rules of Realism and how to use them to add interest to your drawings. Then we will combine all these concepts and techniques in a drawing exercise. 

Now, all these shading skills you have just learned will become very useful in the forth section where you will learn to draw the each of the facial features. 

First, you are going to learn about the anatomy of the feature and point out little tips and details that you need to pay attention to. Then we will apply everything we have just learned in a step-by-step drawing exercise. You will see how to take the drawing from a basic lay-in all the way to a complete realistic finish. 

And we are going to do this for all the features: eye, nose, lips, ear, and hair. 

Finally in the fifth section, once you are comfortable with drawing all the features, we will combine everything together and draw a complete portrait from start to finish. Even at this stage, you will be learning some new techniques like how to use Triangulation to keep your lay-in accurate, how to accentuate the shadow to make the portrait more dramatic, how to stylize your drawing to add more interest, and so on. 

Who Is This Course For?

As the name suggests, this course is very beginner-friendly. I designed it to help beginning artists learn portrait drawing as quickly and effectively as possible. 

We start out by developing the simplest skills first and then gradually add on to it, so that you do not feel overwhelmed. All the concepts and techniques are throughout explained and I never just assume any knowledge on the part of the student. 

Also, I know that draw free-hand can be a bit challenging for some beginners so in some of the drawing exercises, I offer additional approaches that you can use as a guide. 

So, yeah, if you are a beginning artist who wants to learn portraiture, then this course is definitely for you. On the other hand, if you are a intermediate to advanced portrait drawing artist, then this course is probably not for you.