About this course

It is almost every art student’s dream (or nightmare depending on how you approach it) when it comes to portraiture. Without the right guidance and understanding, portraiture is often one of the most daunting assignments because we are all naturally critical when it comes to faces and how they should look. Even the slightest misjudgment of proportion can make a face look “off” or awkward. And that’s not even about trying to represent likeness.


What will I learn?

Overcome your anxiety as we guide you through our step-by-step process. Using both live models (i.e. your classmates!) as well as high quality photographic references, as well as several vigorous detailed studies, you should be able to complete at least two A3 pencil or charcoal portraits in full tonal value by the end of the course.


Aims and Objectives

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

    1. Identify the various stroke gestures (long strokes, short strokes) and line quality (width, weight, pressure, consistency, fluidity, etc)
    2. Explain the difference between loose sketching and tight drawing
    3. Explain terminology for anatomy of the human head
    4. Develop a good artist’s eye (keen observation skills and sighting)
    5. Develop skills to draw with accurate proportions
    6. Apply tonal values and texture to enhance light and form (shading)
    7. Apply proportions of the human head
    8. Render human hair


Broad topics

      1. Use of charcoal pencil, pencil, brush ink pen
      2. The Human Portrait (male & female)
      3. Proportions of the Head
      4. Basic Anatomy of the Head
      5. Parts of the Face: Eyes, Eye Brows, Ears, Nose, Mouth
      6. Rendering Hair


Tools and materials provided

        1. Drawing pencils – B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
        2. Charcoal pencil; pen; black ink
        3. Eraser – white polymer and kneaded
        4. A4 Sketchbook
        5. A3 Drawing block/cartridge paper
        6. Sandpaper block


What happens if I miss a lesson?

We understand that as a busy working adult with multiple schedules to juggle, you may sometimes have to miss a lesson here and there due to last minute work commitments or family matters. At ARTEFAKTS, we adopt an open attendance approach and you will not be penalised or charged for missed lessons. Make-up sessions for missed lessons can be arranged at your convenience but must be utilised within 30 days from date of the missed session.

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