Skills You’ll Learn
Drawing the face with crisp detailed features with soft outlines
Learning to simplify and exaggerating volumes
Building basic blocks to create your drawings and portraits
Finding harmony between color and graphite
Developing observational skills and draftsman skills for your original style
Do you like drawing self-portraits?
Realistic portraits have a beautiful charm, but have you ever wanted to take on a different route and create your original slice of a story based on what inspiring images have to offer? In this course, we will take basic drawing principles and traditional techniques to create our own characters' pencil portraits.
We will learn how to extract what we find most interesting and inspiring in our references. When I say references, I don't mean just photos. References include other artists' styles, childhood memories, other people, and even ourselves.
We will talk about how to create a visual map of what we personally find most interesting and how to translate these interests while creating portraits. Through the study of volume and texture, I will show you how to create the drawing that lies somewhere between a portrait and an illustration.
I organized this course for anyone who likes drawing, sketching, and illustration techniques, and would also like to learn more about figurative representation.
I will start with basic drawing and sketching skills that will help us create interesting textures and lines. And then, we will work our way up to rendering human figures, with a strong focus on manipulating facial features that we see in references to create what we wish to emphasize in our portraits while still retaining volume and expression.
By the end of this course, you will have a firm grasp of drawing basics and materials, how to create a
a visual map of references, how to train your eye into creating believable character portraits that tell a story or expression and find out who and what inspires you, and of course, how to create your character portrait.
As you follow through the creative and experimental exercises, you will learn how to develop your original style of drawing that is unique to the characters you wish to represent and create.
1. Introduction to the Course
2. Meet Your Instructor: Clarissa!
3. Introduction to materials: how to interpret materials for drawing (Part 1)
4. Introduction to materials: how to interpret materials for drawing (Part 2)
5. Introduction to materials: how to interpret materials for drawing (Part 3)
Sketching It Out
1. Understanding Lines, shapes and forms: basic building blocks of drawing
2. Practicing in capturing the gestures
3. Grasping Cross hatching and creating textures
4. Learning from mistakes: Why sketching is important
5. Ludic drawing exercises to help you focus, observe and enjoy the process
1. Understanding Basic frontal face proportions
2. Perceiving facial feature: the upside-down triangle
3. Adding volume, light, and shadow on the face
4. How the contour affects the face: forehead, cheeks, and chin
5. Shaping neck and shoulders
1. Anatomical structure of the Eye socket and Eyeball
2. Setting the mood: pupils and Eyelids (Part 1)
3. Setting the mood: pupils and Eyelids (Part 2)
4. Eyebrows: their shape and how they tell a story
5. Brow hair and lashes: details that make a difference
6. Drawing from observation: How does your eye look?
7. The eye on colorful paper
1. Nose structure and shape: why is the nose so tricky?
2. How to simplify the nose
3. Adding volumes to the nose: Lighting and shadowing
4. Perceiving the proportion of the nose
5. Practicing with different Types of noses
6. Coloring the nose
1. Understanding the basic shape and volume of the mouth and the lips
2. Creating texture
3. Learning the different types of lips
4. Mastering the expression of the lips
5. Coloring the lips
Hair & Ears
1. Grasping Hair volume on the head
2. How to draw 1A to 4C (straight, wavy, curly) hair types
3. How to draw the ears
4. Using references: hair volume, styles, and cuts
Frontal Face - Let's review!
1. Review of all chapters: Sketching the head and proportions
2. Eyes, nose, and mouth (Part 1)
3. Eyes, nose, and mouth (Part 2)
4. Coloring softly to set the mood
5. Exaggerating textures and pulling back to create visual interest
6. Finishing touches: dealing with imperfections
The Face in Space
1. Head Proportions: Simplifying the head in profile
2. How the eye, nose, and mouth change in shape
3. Drawing a clear profile
4. Coloring the face
How to develop your original style and how I developed mine
1. How to develop your original style and how I developed mine
1. Congratulations on Completing the Course
Hello! My name is Clarissa Paiva. I am an artist and illustrator based in Brasilia, Brazil. I have a degree in Visual Arts and Fashion Design, and my passion has always been in traditional media such as drawing, painting, and illustrations. Along my 12 years of working in this field as a professional, I've taught dozens of drawing and painting classes and workshops to hundreds of students. I'm very excited to share what I've learned over the years and the process that I have developed over time with you.