The aim of this 5 day workshop is to give the participants a sound understanding of how to create lifelike and realistic portraits, from basic methods to advanced drawing techniques and theory to add depth, volume, atmosphere and life to portrait drawings. Techniques on how to render realistic hair and how to create complex textures like skin with a layering approach, tonal value relationship, drawing details and working with different kinds of contrast to achieve a balanced visual interest in drawing are on the agenda. Many more aspects will be covered. I will use demos, will answer all questions and also will discuss studio practices like the business aspects of portrait commissions. While working from photographs during the workshop the gained skills and knowledge can and should be used for life drawing and painting experiences as well. Beginner to advanced levels.
Faber-Castell pencils 9000 series (5H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 5B, 8B)
Staedtler Lumograph 8B
Tombow Mono Zero Eraser Pencil, round
Blending stumps, small to medium size
Soft Fan brush
1 or 2 stiff bristle brushes, size 2 to 6
Paper: The paper (Hahnemuehle Nostalgie) will be provided. The paper we are going to use might change though.
If there is any material you can not find, don't worry - all the materials will be also available at the workshop.
You might also want to bring a notepad for taking notes.