The Complete Drawing and Painting Online Art Course- Unit 4 ‘Portraiture’



Unit Four: Portraiture Foundations
During this unit you will learn about the proportions on the face, how to develop a portrait right
from one single vertical and horizontal line. You will be given loads of instruction on how to
draw hair which can adapt into drawing animal fur as well. We don’t cover animals here, but
the same methods apply. To study animals you research that specific breed of animals and
use the techniques and methods taught here. The first few weeks are taught in graphite and in
week four you will be taught twelve different charcoal techniques before working on several
different textures as well as three hairstyles. Finally you will create your own portrait.
Week One:
 Introduction to portraiture
 Shading individual features of the face in graphite pencil
Week Two:
 Learn the sighting technique to help you measure proportions when drawing
objects close up from life
 Proportion and placement of the individual features of the Adult face
 Take a photograph for your portrait project using the instructions provided

Week Three:
 Draw a portrait of a three year old child ‘Isha’ in graphite pencil
Week Four:
 Introduction to charcoal
 Learn twelve charcoal techniques allowing you to create hundreds of textures
 Learn to draw hair with a variety of different hairstyles presented, using charcoal and white conte on grey paper
Week Five:
 Draw a variety of objects using charcoal with white conte on grey Mi-Teintes paper using the construction drawing method
Weeks six and seven:
 Begin your project: A self-portrait or portrait of someone you know and see often. To draw yourself is the most ideal as often you will want to see parts of
your face that may not be clearly understood in the photograph due to missing information. Your portrait will be drawn on the smooth side of grey Mi-Teintes paper using charcoal and white conte.
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  • Unit 4: Portraiture Art Supplies In addition to a computer with internet connection, printer, digital camera and scanner, you need the following supplies: Art Materials HB, 2B, & 4B Pencils(same as in Unit 1 – They come in a twin pack) Charcoal Pencils – HB & 2B (for fine details) PLUS a white charcoal pencil Box of assorted willow charcoal sticks including 6mm, 9mm and 14mm Stick of Conte White B – Comes in a twin pack Gum Eraser Automatic or click eraser or normal plastic eraserand craft knife to cut into a thin slither or chisel shape Putty Eraser (or kneaded eraser) See through Plastic Ruler with mm divisions on it 1 sheet of clear acetate or a plastic sleeve (to place over your final portrait photo and draw guide lines onto with a permanent marker Fine tip permanent marker Hand-Held Pencil Sharpener Cotton buds (Q-tips) or paper stumps Quality soft paper towel (from the Supermarket) Fine sandpaper 320 grit (to prepare your pencils for shading) – Buy from Hardware Store Medium to coarse sandpaper 80 grit (to prepare your willow charcoal) – Buy from Hardware Store A4 bond paper to print out course notes – Buy from a Stationery Store Drawing paper: There are many papers to choose from, however for the smooth shading technique you need a quality smooth, drawing paper or watercolour paper that is not too shiny or your graphite will not adhere to the surface. I suggest a High Quality Smooth Drawing or Watercolour Paper (Hot Press – 250gsm) – Recommend the 9″ x 12″ pad so it will (nearly) fit on your scanner. Special Papers: Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Papers – suggest 25 pack of Flannel Gray (colour 122) 8.5″ x 11″. Alternatively, if you are visiting an art supplies shop you can buy 2 large sheets and cut it into A4 sized sheets. You’ll need at least 8 A4 sized sheets for your practice work and project. Soft, clean water colour brush (I recommend the 3/4″ size) or a new and clean make-up brush for gently removing eraser particles Can of fixative to spray your charcoal sketches afterwards Several sheets of Glassine (thin glossy paper to place over your charcoal artworks to prevent smudging between drawing sessions and prior to framing)