Online Class

Simple Techniques for Better Portraits

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Draw portraits you're proud of with an easy-to-learn approach.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Alisha Dall'Osto
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Capture likenesses with confidence as you learn portrait drawing basics alongside artist and educator Alisha Dall'Osto. Set yourself up for success as Alisha guides you through taking dynamic reference photos and selecting the best one. Next, build your understanding of the structure of the head, and learn to place facial features correctly with general rules for proportion. With proportion covered, you'll create loose gesture drawings that capture the pose and energy of your subject. Mark in facial features and refine their positioning with measurements. Then, fine-tune your work and build up shadows and highlights to bring your image to life. Plus, pick up tips for finishing your drawing and knowing when it's complete.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Framing & Composition
Meet artist Alisha Dall'Osto as she previews the techniques you'll learn to easily capture the likeness of your subjects. Learn how to take dynamic reference photos that include a wide range of values and compelling facial expressions. Plus, practice sketching quick thumbnails to determine the best composition.
2. Mass, Proportion & Features
3. The Gesture
4. Block In, Part One
5. Block In, Part Two
6. Form & Cast Shadows
7. Finishing the Portrait

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser

Taught by

Alisha Dall'Osto
Alisha Dall'Osto
Alisha Dall'Osto has been a studio artist and art instructor for more than 10 years, and her work has been exhibited and sold in galleries across the country. In addition to creating art, Alisha teaches through art organizations, museums and public schools. She recently completed two years of full-time study in the Expressive Drawing and Painting Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art under the mentorship of artist Mark Kang-O'Higgins.

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