Drawing portraits for beginners

From £28

Monday 6 June

7:00 – 9:00pm (BST)

 Online – Zoom


10 spaces available

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This class is supported with products from our sister brand Winsor & Newton.

What you will get from taking this online workshop: 

  • An understanding of how to create realistic portrait drawings
  • Experience working with the rules of proportion and studying the anatomy of the face
  • Practice in a variety of technical drawings exercises
  • Knowledge of how to select the best model for your drawing
  • Elephant Academy Technique Takeaway: Learn how to draw academic portraits using the sight size method

In this online workshop tutor Yolanda San Marcos will introduce the proper techniques to create academic portrait drawings using pencils. Using a model as reference, Yolanda will teach you how to reproduce a detailed portrait in the realistic style. You will be guided through the academic rules of proportion and conduct a complete anatomical analysis of your model to achieve 3D volume through shading. Concentrating on observation and the key aspects of portrait expression, by the end of the workshop you will create of a master copy of a human model portrait. 

Additional materials:  

  • Kneadable eraser
  • Cutter 
  • A4 photo of a model, front face on view


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.