Online Class

Traditional Portrait Drawing Techniques

$34.99$49.99

Draw an expressive charcoal portrait using the time-honored techniques of Rembrandt and da Vinci!

Skill Level

Intermediate

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 Jennifer Gennari
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Sight Sizing
05:07
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
43:09
3. Proportion and Accuracy
28:31
4. The Transfer Drawing
32:49
5. Value
24:44
6. Edges & Atmosphere
40:14
7. White Chalk & Toned Paper
26:48

Taught by

Jennifer Gennari
Jennifer Gennari
Named by Southwest Art magazine as one of the "21 under 31 Artists to Watch in 2013," Gennari received her BFA from the Ringling College of Art and Design and went on to study under founder Daniel Graves at the Florence Academy of Art. After working as an illustrator for Hallmark, she moved to New York to become a painting assistant to internationally acclaimed artist Jeff Koons, and now teaches drawing and painting classes at the National Academy Museum – and here on Craftsy!
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