Online Class

Draw Better Portraits

Capturing Likeness
Free!

Sketch portraits that accurately resemble your subject using simple techniques in this FREE class.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 4 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gary Faigin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to draw realistic faces with a striking resemblance to your subject. In these free lessons from renowned artist Gary Faigin, you'll learn to create a block-in sketch that maps the shapes and patterns of your subject's face in accurate proportion. As you draw, you'll create "placeholders" for each facial feature, so you know their exact position, size and relationship to each other. Continue with tips for refining the details of the mouth, eye sockets, chin and the base of the nose. Then, succeed at capturing the nuances of anyone's eyes by breaking them down into a series of simple shapes. Find out how to draw realistic faces, and create portraits that look just like your subject!

Lesson Breakdown

1. How to Use Your Free Mini Class
00:51
How to use your FREE mini class.
2. Recognizing People
16:00
3. Mapping the Face
16:46
4. Refining the Shapes
17:13
5. Drawing Variations
23:12

Taught by

Gary Faigin
Gary Faigin
Gary Faigin wrote The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression, which is now in its 17th printing and published in six languages. Trained at the Art Students League of New York and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he taught in New York for 15 years. He is co-founder and artistic director of the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, where he teaches drawing and painting and leads art tours around the world with his wife, the architect Pamela Belyea.

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