Colored Pencil - Portrait Workshop - Drawing The Male Face

Live Workshop - Draw A Realistic Portrait In 8 Hours! Split up into 4 hours a day.

Do you want to learn to draw the male face in colored pencil?

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

We'll talk about principles and strategies as we draw. You won't be following a step-by-step formula, but instead, we'll learn how to make independent decisions for this particular drawing we're creating.

So we'll discuss the application and process without an exact formula. Staying focused on the goal! I'll help you get there.

It's an incredible experience to be part of a group where we gain from one another. This 2-day colored pencil workshop is starting on May 21st.


Here's the reference we will use to draw together.

Yes, WE! I'll be drawing right along with you and discussing my thought process for things like color choices, value differences, and how to focus the viewers attention. You'll be able to share your progress with the group or with me privately.

I have not attempted or started this drawing yet. Why? Because I am going to show you the entire process LIVE. I'm not going to tell you how I did it, I'm going to show you how.

Then, I'll ask you to draw along with me on key parts of the drawing in real-time.

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

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 the male face

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

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

We'll be going over the essentials you need to know. We'll discuss pencils and paper selection, measuring your subject for accuracy (as you move through the drawing), creating depth and dimension through shading, using simple color theory for skin tones and hair color, as well as many other topics related to creating realistic portraits.

We'll go over every aspect of creating a realistic portrait including how to draw hair, eyes, skin tones, and more! We'll also cover everything you need to know about choosing your subject and setting up for success before even picking up a pencil!

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, May 21, from 11:00 - 3:00 Eastern Daylight time. The second day will be Saturday, May 22, 11:00 - 3:00 Eastern Daylight time. The Zoom link is available inside the Course Curriculum area. 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 as soon as you log in directly inside the Course Curriculum area of the course.

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