Realistic Drawing Techniques with JD Hillberry

Transform you drawings into high contrast,eye catching, works of art!

The video tutorial you have been waiting for is here!

Follow along and learn to draw this portrait step-by-step.

Realistic Portrait Tutorial

Now Available for Home Study

Plus, you can upload your drawing in the free private membership forum to receive helpful critiques. It's the next best thing to attending a live workshop!



Workshop student hard at work!

I have taught this same subject in a live drawing workshop for over seven years. In that time, I've learned the most common problems my students encounter 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 this 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.

Plus, you can upload your drawings in the private membership forum and pick my brain for ways it could be improved. It's the next best thing to attending a live workshop!

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.


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Your Purchase Also Includes

  • Forever Access to this tutorial from any device with an internet connection.
  • Membership to my Tutorial Website (NO MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP FEE).
  • Access to my members only Drawing Forum to upload your drawings for helpful critiques from me and over 2,500 other members.
  • In the Membership Area, you will be the first to be notified of sale prices for future tutorials and drawing supplies.
  • And Much, Much More!

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.
Comments From Students Who Have This Tutorial
“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.”


“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.” 


“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!”


“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."


“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 too. 

Thank you, JD. You are a great artist and a superb teacher who openly shares his craft.”


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