Portrait Drawing Essentials (Mar. 2023)

Mar 6, 13, 20 & 27, Monday Nights.

People are naturally drawn to faces! It is one of the reasons so many artists want to learn how to draw or paint them. Portraits are a challenge, but there are many tips you can learn to help you through the process. When you learn a head's basic measurements and structure, you begin with a solid foundation.

The features are incredibly important, but so are the relationships between them. Nicely drawn eyes don't feel right if they are drawn too large or placed too high on the head. Starting with the basic structure, you will learn to create a convincing form to add light, shadows, and details. The more you practice, the better your portraits will become because you will build from a solid foundation. Whether learning the basics or honing your skills, this class will help you take your portraits to the next level.

Meets: (4) Monday Nights 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Mar 6, 13, 20 & 27
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos Ave., Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Lecture & demonstration, studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction.
Level: Some prior drawing experience is recommended. Learn to draw or refine your portrait skills.

Medium: Charcoal, graphite, or any 2D drawing medium is welcome!
Technique: Deconstructing structure from photos and life drawing from plaster casts.
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list before the first day of class.

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