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Radiant Portraits in Colored Pencil

Master mixing, layering and glazing to confidently create a highly detailed, hyper-realistic work of art.

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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 Kerry Brooks
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Discover the keys to a luminous composition as accomplished artist Kerry Brooks shows you how to draw a portrait with colored pencils. You’ll choose a compelling source image and use a light color to create a freehand drawing on toned paper. Discover Kerry’s expert tips for achieving accurate proportion as you develop your sketch, and find out how to use tonal shifts to imply sculptural dimension and depth. Then, learn how to mix and layer colors to create a stunning spectrum of lifelike skin tones. Explore an array of techniques for sketching expressive, realistic eyes, and use glazing to add luminous catchlights. And, conquer the challenges of sketching hair as you learn to depict touchable texture and vibrant shine. Refine your work with professional finishing touches, and complete class with a range of transferable skills and an impeccably executed portrait.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Subject Matters
Meet your instructor, artist Kerry Brooks, and begin your journey to create polished, lifelike portraits with realistic skin tones and hair textures. First, Kerry advises you on her favorite materials -- from paper and pencils to erasers and other accessories -- and her preferred drawing setup. Then, explore what makes a good source photo as Kerry shares what she looks for when choosing a subject and what elements to avoid.
2. Establishing a Framework
3. Creating Value & Form
4. Creating Realistic Skin Tone
5. Drawing Lively Eyes
6. Creating Realistic Hair Textures
7. Finishing Touches

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Kerry Brooks studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts, the Ukrainian Academy of Art and the New York Academy of Art, and her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across America. Her art has been featured in numerous publications, including the covers of American Artist Drawing and Art Galleries and Artists of the South. Kerry also works in oil, graphite and charcoal.

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