Mature Skin In Colored Pencil - Live CP Workshop

Live Zoom Workshop - Learn How To Show Age In Your Portraits In This 3 Day / 18 Hour Workshop

Are you ready to learn how to show age in your portrait drawings?


Aug 26 - 28, 10:00 to 4:00 eastern time


~ Join us in our longest Live Workshop EVER!
In this 3 day, 6 hours a day workshop, you'll learn how to show the appearance of age in the skin.
Maybe you've tried learning from books and videos but they never seem to work out for you? I feel ya' - that's because there's not a feedback loop of instruction and then accountability.
It doesn't make sense to spend tons of time and effort without support and encouragement for what you're doing correctly. Accountability is key. That's when real results start to happen.


I'm here for you even after the workshop ends and the excitement is over. I encourage my students to send me their work for a detailed review so they know how to progress and see improvement.


This live zoom workshop will be structured for all skill levels: Beginner, Intermediate and advanced. I will teach all the skills so that even beginners can easily do it. We quickly move into more and more detail as we progress each day.


You walk away with the practical knowledge of how to do this on your own-- working from your own reference material.

You can do this! And with lifetime access to the workshop video recordings, you'll be able to review the material as often as you want.



This is the actual photo reference we'll be drawing from.

We will draw together! Yes, WE! I'll be drawing right along with you. I'll discuss how I make independent decisions throughout the workshop.

I will teach you all the methods and techniques that have taken me years of practice and study to learn. I'll boil it all down to the bare essentials so you can walk away knowing what to do and HOW to do it.

I'm not going to tell you how I did it on my drawing, I'm going to show you how. Then, I'll ask you to draw along with me on the key parts of the drawing in real-time.


I often get questions like:

Q: "Why don't you just teach me how to draw from your drawing that you've completed?"

A: That's a great teaching method if you only want to learn how to become a carbon-copy of me and my process. I know you don't want that. You want to learn how to create original artwork on your own. The best way then is for you to pear "over my shoulder" while I'm creating original artwork from the very beginning. That means starting out with a photo reference and being able to see all the missteps and corrections along the way. That's when real learning takes place.

Q: "Why don't you use the same colors each time? Or use a color chart to create skin tones?"

A: Skin is just not that simple. To pretend that each creative photo of each type of skin is always the same is problematic. Starting with, and drawing from a photo means that I'm creating a style and a mood before I ever start drawing. So each time I draw I'm creating a unique view of the person before me. That means I can't be formulaic in my approach.

Q: "Do you help with color selection in the workshop?"

A: Absolutely!! I'm there working with you to figure out the best color palette using the pencils you have available to you! I also talk to you about the reasons I'm choosing the colors I am and you're welcome to select my same color palette.


We will be able to get all the essentials and very little will be left out. This is a hands-on working workshop.


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 hair colors as well as many other topics related to drawing realistic portraits.

We'll be using the grisaille method for establishing our values before we ever add color. We'll also go over how to arrive at our colors by using color complements.

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


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




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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 starts on a Thursday and goes through Saturday. The date and time is set for August 26 thru 28, 10:00 - 4:00 Eastern time. It will be taught live. All the sessions are recorded and will be made available soon after the live workshop. You'll have lifetime access to the recordings.
How long do I have access to this workshop recordings?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this recording 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 will be available for you at least 1 week prior to class- but typically 2 weeks prior. Access it the same place you signed up.

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