Introductory Techniques to Portrait Drawing
What to expect from this lesson
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, and capture the likeness of a face, this lesson is
for you. You don’t need any experience to begin, but you’ll certainly have some experience when
you’re finished the lesson.
This lesson has 3 videos, notes to print, lots of practical drawing activities, group critique
assessment, and some questions for you to fill in.
Video 1: Introduction to Portraits
How to start a portrait drawing from a photographic reference.
Video 2: Proportion in Portraits
Construction drawing of the face to understand the frontal planes and side planes.
Video 3: Techniques in Tone
Tone and Shading, using three different materials.
This lesson includes marking sheets for technical skills associated with elements and performance
criteria of the Training.gov.au unit CUADRA301 – Produce drawings.
Printing the resources accompanying this lesson
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Materials used in this lesson
Willow charcoal, compressed charcoal stick, HB pencil, water soluble ink, kneadable eraser, dry
Equipment used in this lesson
Paper, drawing board & clips, easel
Subjects used in this lesson
Photograph portrait with strong contrast