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with Jennifer Gennari
Online Class

Traditional Portrait Drawing Techniques

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Discover the methods of classical realism and harness value and proportion for a striking portrait in the style of the Old Masters. Guided by professional artist Jennifer Gennari, discover valuable portrait drawing exercises and unlock strategies to accurately depict a human likeness. Complete a Charles Bargue lithograph exercise, then progress to a charcoal portrait by blocking in basic shapes. Watch your portrait come to life as you develop and refine tricky areas like the lips, nose, eyes and ears and carve out highlights with a kneaded eraser. Plus, enjoy an advanced lesson on white chalk and toned paper, further honing your ability to create dimensional portraits defined by value.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h21m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction to Sight Sizing

1. Introduction to Sight Sizing

Meet your instructor, Jennifer Gennari, and learn the basics of the sight sizing drawing method that you'll use throughout the class.

2. Introduction to Charles Bargue

2. Introduction to Charles Bargue

Referencing instructional prints created by the artist Charles Bargue, Gennari teaches realistic drawing through copying. You'll use a plumb line and a range of pencils and leads to accurately mark anchor points, create gesture and block out shadow and light masses.

3. Proportion and Accuracy

3. Proportion and Accuracy

Discover ways to improve accuracy and proportion as Gennari walks you through techniques for using reflected images to see your subject in a new way. Working from life or a photograph, you'll develop tones, accurately depict shadow and light with the help of mirrors, and work with fan brushes to blend planes.