Scroll down for a list of portrait drawing tutorials and articles!
While a portrait is a fascinating subject, drawing one can be very intimidating both for the beginner and the more advanced student. And why not? It's very true that there is much to learn in order to draw a face that's not awkward-looking. And that is saying nothing about using portraiture to express an emotion, or reveal something about the sitter to the audience!
There is so much more to portraiture than just being able to draw a technically accurate face. But, one step at a time.
Before you delve into the many possibilities of portraiture, you need to have a good understanding of value, light and form, how to construct a head and its features, and much more. (Why not take my free mini-course to learn the essential drawing concepts you'll need to draw anything, including portraits, convincingly!)
Everything that you have ever learned about drawing comes together to
draw an accurate and compelling face and figure.
There is no one way to draw a head (or anything, for that matter!). Because no two drawing scenarios are the same, there can be no 'formula' for drawing. However, there are plenty of strategies to draw portraits. You may choose to rely on head construction to block-in your portrait. Or maybe you see shapes particularly well, and will rely on those. (More on these approaches to drawing in this video!)
Interestingly, whatever you feel is the most comfortable and effective drawing strategy for you at the moment, I can guarantee that your drawing will improve immensely if you also study the method that is most challenging for you. If you learn various strategies, you will be able to combine them to problem-solve whatever drawing scenario you have before you, and getting stuck will become a thing of the past.
In the free drawing tutorials and lectures on this page, I present various strategies for drawing the portrait and its features.