Watch the video below to learn more about this tutorial
You'll be drawing the same subject I've been teaching in my live drawing workshops for years
Workshop student hard at work!
I've learned the most common problems my students encounter with this subject and I address all of them in this tutorial.
Student With Her Drawing
You will be able to follow along at your own pace and complete
realistic portrait at home! The techniques you learn are easily transferred to all your future portraits.
Another Completed Student Portrait
This beautiful drawing was completed by another student. You'll get the same step-by-step techniques and concepts I've been teaching in my live workshops for years.
This tutorial contains 17 step-by-step lessons and over 5 hours of video content. It takes you through each and every step you will need to create a realistic portrait.
You'll begin by understanding how to get the most out of the supplied reference photographs, and end with all of the finishing touches needed
to achieve the realism you've always wanted in your portraits.
Author of the best selling "Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil", JD Hillberry's work and techniques have also been featured in numerous publications including:
Comments From Students Who Purchased This Portrait Tutorial
"The first thing that struck me was the price! With other courses containing video instruction one must buy 3 or 4 individual segments to get what you provide in one. With hours of instruction while literally looking over your shoulder (which could be seen in some of them) learning is really simple and fun. And what is really amazing are the results. Just like in your personal courses offered around the country it is possible for a beginner to proudly show off beautiful artwork in just a matter of days. Thanks so much for putting this all together.” Bill
“Your work and your tutorials are the best out there by far. Thanks so very much!” Michael
“I would just like to say what a superb set of courses J D Hillberry has produced and made available to “The Internet World” this is a fantastic way to learn not only realistic photo realistic drawing but will help in all forms of art. And all at a very affordable price! I look forward for more to come and to help me progress even further.” Gary
“I purchased your new Portrait Drawing Tutorial and I just love it! I am amazed at the amount of detail you cover in this demo. Also, I really enjoyed taking your Smooth Skin Portrait Workshop in Austin Texas. Please notify me of all live workshop opportunities.” Sharon
“I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve attended 3 of JD’s workshops, including the Smooth Skin Workshop at which we worked on the portrait of the same young girl that JD uses as a model in his new Realistic Portrait video lesson.
The workshops are always great, and I encourage you to attend one if you can. However, this new Realistic Portrait lesson is perfect for those of you who can’t manage to attend. It provides step by step detailed instructions which will take you from a blank page to a finished portrait that you will be proud of.
For those of you who have attended a workshop, you will find that this detailed and comprehensive video lesson will reinforce what you learned and will enable you to review each aspect of the drawing (eyes, skin, hair, etc.) at your leisure. You will pick up on all sorts of things that you may have missed.
I purchased the lesson a few days ago and I am focusing on the areas of this portrait that I find difficult. I practice what I learned in the video and then repeat this a few times until I get it right. Even though I’ve taken 3 workshops I found the video lesson to be invaluable and I believe you will to. Thank you, JD. You are a great artist and a superb teacher who openly shares his craft.” Ted
“Without a doubt JD Hillberry is tops in his field of art instruction—precision drawing! He takes this terrifyingly complex art form and breaks it down into understandable steps that seem possible after all (well, with a bit of practice!). He does this with his constant verbal explanations along with clear instructions on what instrument to use at each step and how to use it with the best effect. His repetition of instruction plants the knowledge in the student’s brain without it feeling redundant. I had been aware of this artist’s talent for several years but had hesitated about investing in his classes. That was a waste of time! I’ve purchased two classes and will definitely purchase more. Thank you, JD!” Amanda
“For the aspiring pencil artist, there can be no better starting point than to begin with a thorough introduction to the tools, papers, and best techniques in the field of modern pencil art. JD Hillberry's online courses and workshop series represent the very best introduction to modern pencil art available today. With a grace and ease of a master teacher, Mr Hillberry's online courses walk you through all the necessary steps for the online student to succeed at a given project, all the while building a skills tool box that will serve the student well in future pencil art project. And, if you take the time to attend one of the workshops, you will receive the personal attention that will guarantee advancement of the skills needed to succeed in pencil art. I can't recommend Mr Hillberry's courses too highly." Michael
"This is a long-awaited tutorial and it ticks all the boxes that that will help you to produce a realistic portrait. The videos are top quality and J D Hillberry talks you through the lesson in a clear precise voice. I give this tutorial top marks.” Ray
All the Lessons You Will Need to Complete the Portrait are Included!
Below are just a few of the lesson titles.
Reference Photos - I provide three different exposures to work from, as well as a copy of my finished drawing.
Basic Outline - Follow along and learn the tips and tricks professional artists have been using for years to get it right.
Eyes - Learn to make the eyes sparkle with life.
Rendering the Nose - Techniques and concepts to make it appear three dimensional (no one likes a flat looking nose).
The Mouth: Lips and Teeth- Overcome one of the most common problems, and never make these mistakes again.
Shading the Skin -Learn the easiest techniques to create clean, smooth shading that gives dimension to the subject.
Rendering the Hair - Watch and follow along with with each step to render extremely realistic looking hair.
Clothing - Lean to draw wrinkles, folds, and texture to compliment the sweater on the portrait.
Adding the Final Touches - Tips and tricks to look at your drawing objectively to decide and the techniques to fine tune everything.
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