CP Portrait Workshop - Baby Luke

Live Workshop - Learn how to draw smooth baby skin and soft textured hair in this 2 day workshop!

-- This is the Recording of the Live Workshop that was offered in July of 2021 --

Do you want to learn to draw soft baby skin?

In this 2-Day Colored Pencil Portrait Workshop, we will be drawing a portrait of Baby Luke
This is a Live, 10-Hour Workshop

The dates of the workshop were: July 23rd and 24th of 2021

Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 EDT / 2 days, 5 hours per day / Friday and Saturday
Drawing portraits can be difficult, but it can also be fun!
I'm here to show you how drawing can be easy and stress-free! You'll learn the basics of shading and blending colors with colored pencils. We'll start with the grisaille method for establishing values.


You don't need any past experience or special skills - just an open mind and willingness to try something new!


As always, if you sign up for the workshop you'll get:

- Lifetime access to the recordings

- Free instructor critiques

- Materials list

- The Schedule (layout of the structure of the workshop hour-by-hour)

- The complete drawing being drawn in front of you at the same time you're drawing!

- The benefit of the group interaction and sharing


This is an intensive hands-on workshop with lots of drawing time.


We'll be going over everything from pencils and paper selection, measuring your subject for accuracy, creating depth and dimension through shading, using simple color theory for skin tones, and how to achieve realistic baby smooth skin for your portraits.

We'll be using the grisaille method for establishing our values before we ever add color or use opposite colors.

The goal of the workshop is to help you learn how to draw accurately, and to get you there as quickly as possible!



There are many methods for drawing babies. We'll explore these techniques together so that you have the tools you need to create compelling portraits of babies and young, smooth skin.
My goal is not only for your drawings to look good but also for you to be confident throughout the drawing process!

I've spent years drawing portraits and I now love to share what I know with others who want more from their art.

If you've already got the desire and the willingness to put in the work, then join this hands-on workshop with me and the rest of the students as we all learn together.

I'm going to show you how I make decisions during the drawing process in this workshop as we draw "Baby Luke" together.


We'll talk about principles as we draw. You won't be following a step-by-step formula.
You'll learn how to make independent decisions that you can apply to your own drawing.

I'll show you how to remain consistent with a process without being married to an exact formula. Staying focused on the goal!

It's an incredible experience to be part of a safe group where we support each other.

This 2-day colored pencil workshop is set to start on Friday, July 23.


"Baby Luke"

Here's the reference we will use to draw together. Once you register you'll have immediate access to the reference, along with the exact hour-by-hour schedule, and materials list.

You'll be able to share your progress with the group or with me privately.

We'll be able to get all the essentials down and very little will be left out.


You'll walk away knowing:

  • How to start with the darkest colors first (The grisaille method)
  • How to use opposite colors for the underpainting
  • How to render very quickly
  • How to create an accurate likeness
  • How to show key differences in drawing a baby's features

By the end of this workshop, you'll be able to take what you learn and apply it to your own portraits!





Your Instructor


John Middick
John Middick

John Middick is an award-winning artist, instructor, and creator of the Sharpened Artist Academy and community. He's the creator and host of the highly-rated Colored Pencil Podcast. He returned to art around 2009 after a 20-year hiatus, and has since become an influential voice in the Colored Pencil community, where he seeks to provide other aspiring artists with easy access to resources and information about developing their craft. John is an active member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), and also maintains a regular online presence through his podcast, website, social media, and the new Sharpened Artist Academy. He lives with his family in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does this workshop begin?
The Workshop will begin on Friday, July 23, from 11:00 - 4:00 Eastern Daylight time. The second day will be Saturday, July 24, 11:00 - 4:00 Eastern Daylight time. It will be taught live. You'll be given lifetime access to the recording. Usually delivered the very next day.
How long do I have access to this workshop
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do you offer refunds for this live workshop?
I understand that sometimes things happen that you can't help. You can request a refund up to the first day of this live workshop. There is usually a waiting list and I want to give others a chance to take the spot if they want it.
Do I have to attend live and what if I miss a class?
You do NOT have to attend live. If you miss a class it will be made available for you the next day in the morning.
When will I get the materials list?
The materials list, references, line drawing, and the hour-by-hour schedule is available inside the course module.

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