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with Karen Hull
Online Class

Step-by-Step Photorealistic Colored Pencil Portraits

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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.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h6m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Materials

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

2. The Left Eye

Begin your portrait by drawing the left eye. Karen shows you how to layer colors to create glossy, expressive eyes, as well as how to incorporate fine details and avoid common pitfalls.

3. Around Left Eye & Cheek

3. Around Left Eye & Cheek

Next, draw in the left eyebrow and cheek, starting from the skin below the eyes to the eyebrow, then down the cheek. You'll learn to look for "hidden" colors to achieve realistic-looking skin tones. Karen then guides you through a simple method for drawing eyebrows and freckles.

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils
  • 8" x 10" gray mount/mat board
  • White transfer paper
  • Drafting film or tracing paper
  • Punch tool or embossing tool
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Craft knife