May - CP Portrait Workshop - Ryan

Live Workshop - Draw a Realistic Portrait in 10 Hours! Split into 5 hours, over 2 days

May - CP Portrait Workshop - Ryan


Learn to draw a variety of textures and values in the "Ryan" May 2022 Live Workshop!


The dates of the workshop are:

Friday, May 27, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time

Saturday, May 28, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time


Paper/surface: Pastelmat by Clairefontaine (A good alternative would be sanded paper. I’ll also discuss the differences in papers during the workshop. Just keep in mind the skills and techniques can be achieved on a variety of surfaces.)

Size: My drawing surface will be 12 x 12 inches. (But you can use a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet just to make the layout process easier.)

Pencils: I’ll be using Polychromos pencils by Faber-Castell, and Luminance by Caran D’Ache, and Derwent Lightfast. I will also use Pablo by Caran D’Ache.


Other tools: I’ll be using several brushes to move pencil pigment around. I’ll also be using solvent (Gamsol by Gamblin). I may also use panpastels in parts of the drawing.



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 also cover everything you need to know about choosing your subject and setting up for success before even picking up a pencil!


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

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

Here is the actual reference I'll be drawing from:


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

We'll talk about principles and strategies as we draw together. 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.

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.


I'll ask you to draw along with me on key parts of the drawing in real-time. I promise I'll help you even after the workshop is over through email support and video critiques.


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 for rendering shadows (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 this model's facial features


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!


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


  The Live 10-Hour Workshop
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does this workshop begin?
The Workshop will begin on Friday, May 27, from 11:00 - 4:00 Eastern time. The second day will be Saturday, May 28, 11:00 - 4:00 Eastern time. The Zoom link is available inside the Course Curriculum area (provided a few days before the first class). It will be taught live. You'll be given lifetime access to the recording. Usually delivered the very same 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, the recording will be made available for you the next day in the morning. (Sometimes the recordings are available within a couple of hours after the class.)
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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