Portrait Track

The Portrait Track is an opportunity to immerse yourself into the tremendous world of the human face. Throughout the centuries, portraits have represented every facet of the human experience.

Lesson 1 • Lesson 2 • Lesson 3
Lesson 4 • Lesson 5 • Lesson 6

We’ll take a deep dive into the basic structures of the human face as a premise for the vast potential of portraiture.

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Do the track at your own pace! Taking the time to process the content is important, and so we don’t advise putting pressure on yourself to finish the track quickly.

Remember to have fun and enjoy the process of learning.

Show us what you make!

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Art Supplies

We understand that many people have limited budgets for supplies, so our tracks are structured so that you can use any materials you want, within that track’s focus.

Drawing a Male Portrait in Soft Pastel, Clara Lieu
Drawing a Male Torso & Portrait
Paint media

Visit these pages for supply lists: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics.

Drawing media

ballpoint pen/gel pensdip penbrush pen markersCaran d’Ache crayonsgraphite powdercolored pencilsoft pasteloil pastelpencil, charcoalink washscratchboardwet charcoaloil sticks

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Digital software options

Digital tool recommendations list, ProcreateKritaAdobe PhotoshopClip Studio PaintPaint Tool SAIAdobe FrescoMediBang PaintGimp

Lesson 1


Draw 3 sets of 5-10 min. sketches to explore the relationship between line & tone.

Lesson 2


Draw a skull inside a portrait as means of seeing the connections between the surface and interior structure of the face.

Lesson 3


Do a palette knife painting or a drawing with very broad strokes to build mass and structure in the head.

Lesson 4


Articulate a specific mood in a portrait by using an unrealistic color palette.

Lesson 5


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: create a diptych which shows opposite sides of your personality.

Lesson 6


Choose an obituary from a newspaper, and create a portrait of that person which goes beyond their physical appearance.

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