Realistic Drawing Workshop with JD Hillberry

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Portrait Drawing Workshop 

Character Study of "Hook"

Rough Skin, Wrinkles, White Hair/Beard, Dark Background

March 29 - 31, 2019

Phoenix, AZ

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About This Drawing Workshop:

In this class you will learn the techniques I use to create realistic portraits with rough, wrinkled skin, white hair and beards. These techniques are very different than those used to create smoother skin and if you've struggled to get a realistic looking skin texture, this class is for you. 

  • You will follow along with me as I demonstrate the tools and methods I use to render a nose, mouth, teeth, hair, and clothing as well as the realistic skin texture necessary for character studies like this.
  •  You'll learn how, and why you should consider a background in your portraits. In this class you'll also learn the techniques to create a graduated background from light gray to dark black as well as understand how the great Renaissance Masters used this technique to create more depth and dimension with their subjects.
  • Reference photos will be discussed in depth, and you will learn how to identify and solve potential problems.
  • The class will culminate with everyone (including me) working on the same portrait of "Hook".
  • You are encouraged to bring examples of previous work for me to evaluate privately. These one-on-one sessions will take place at the end of class each day for those interested.
  • You also get access to my online tutorial "Realistic Drawing with Light, Texture, and Contrast" in the members area of my new website.

"Hook" Original Drawing by JD Hillberry

If you are concerned about "not being good enough" to take this class. Let me assure you that you will do fine. I've had kids as young as 10 years old take this workshop with amazing results.

Important Workshop Information:
Workshop Location:
Residence Inn Phoenix Desert View
5665 East Mayo Blvd
Phoenix AZ 85054

This is a beautiful hotel and the special group price of $159 per night is an excellent rate that also includes free hot breakfast. Each suite has a fully equipped granite kitchen with refrigerator, stove top and microwave. There is a fitness center and outdoor pool. 

Friday March 29 - Sunday March 31, 2019
9am to 4pm each day

$488 or $244 Deposit - Includes my Drawing Tutorial Membership Site & access to my "Realistic Drawing with Light, Texture and Contrast" video tutorial, all materials needed to complete the project. 

A 50% deposit will secure your spot! By choosing the 50% deposit by credit card option, the balance will be automatically charged to your credit card one month prior to the workshop (February 28th). If you would like to pay the balance by check or a different card, please contact me before then.

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Want to know a little more about what it will be like when you attend?

Watch the video below to see some of my previous students talk about their experiences in my workshop.

(Make sure you turn up your speakers)

Watch me demonstrate the techniques on the big screen.

Individual attention ensures students fully understand the techniques.

All supplies are provided
and yours to take home, including pencils, drawing paper, and all blending tools.

More Previous Student Comments

"Awesome! The atmosphere of camaraderie and friendly encouragement is set by JD. What a nice guy. Plus, he knows stuff and shares whatever he knows. It's fun and informative. I want to attend more!
Joyce, TX 

"I've always been interested in pencil drawing and really wanted to be a part of one of JD's workshops, but as a beginner, I was afraid I wasn't good enough. I'm so glad I finally did this. JD taught me more in 1 hour than I have every thought possible. He is a great teacher and a friendly critic."
Kim, OH 

"This class was exactly what I needed to take me to the next level. JD's teaching style is so encouraging for artists of any level. Everything I hoped to learn in this class was delivered. I had such a pleasant and satisfying experience. Thank You, JD Hillberry- it was great!" Melanie, ID 

"The workshop was wonderful! Full of great information and with a light heartedness in the classroom. I loved learning the new techniques and having an opportunity to practice them with JD's personal, friendly guidance. Not only is JD's work inspiring, but also the way he engages the students and shows interest in their development as an artist."
Anne, AZ

"I  had the most helpful, fun, learning experience I have ever had in my life. I have learned sooo
much it's unbelievable. I loved this workshop!"
Zeinab, TX 

"For many years, I have harbored a deep love of drawing. Due to a fear of my lack of knowledge and experience, I rarely if ever attempted to draw. I ran across JD's work on the internet and knew that I could learn so much from his workshops. Within the first 2-3 hours, I learned more than I had ever believed possible. By the end of the 4 days, it was apparent by my work how much I had learned... stuff that would have taken me years to figure out on my own!"
Maree, UT 

"This workshop was great for all skill levels and all ages. The challenge to stretch existing skills was given with clear and concise direction. JD is very articulate and does not waste words. Every sentence is gold!"
Marlene, CO 

"I appreciated that you critiqued everyone equally. Sometimes instructors focus more on the more "talented" participants. Your comments were also very specific, which is extremely helpful."
Cheryl, TX

If I cancel:
A full refund will be made if the class is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, JDH Art is not responsible for any non-refundable airfares or lodging. If minimum enrollment is not met by 20 days prior to a course, the course will be cancelled. Minimum enrollment is ten, the maximum number of students per class is 20. Many classes sell out within a week of opening registration. Therefore, early registration is highly recommended and appreciated.

If you cancel:
The deadline for a full refund, less a $50 processing fee, is one month prior to the first day of the workshop (February 28th). Refund requests after that date will not be honored  Cancellation must be given in writing. 

Failure to remit the balance by February 28, 2019 will result in the loss of the entire deposit.

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