Online Class

Step-by-Step Photorealistic Colored Pencil Portraits

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Online Class




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Draw a colored pencil portrait that looks just like a photograph.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Printable class resources, including a supply list and detailed drawing guide
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Karen Hull

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Ever encounter a work of art that leaves you wondering whether it's a photograph or a drawing? World-renowned and award-winning artist Karen Hull shares her secrets for drawing lifelike portraits in colored pencil. You'll master colored pencil techniques as you create a photorealistic face of a young girl.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Materials
Meet Karen and get started by going over the various tools and materials you’ll need for your class practice project: a portrait of a smiling young girl.
2. The Left Eye
3. Around Left Eye & Cheek
4. Right Eye, Forehead & Nose
5. The Mouth
6. Upper Lip & Chin
7. The Hair & Final Details

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils
  • 8" x 10" gray mount/mat board
  • White transfer paper

Taught by

Karen Hull
Karen Hull
Karen Hull is an Australian full-time artist and illustrator. For the last 10 years she has specialized in colored pencil artwork. Her work is featured in public and private collections around the world, as well as in the two children’s books she’s published: "Let's Count Kisses" and "Love You, Mum." Karen is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realism Artists, the Colored Pencil Society of America and the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.

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