Drawing Pencil Portraits

Our lesson on drawing portraits is an illustrated step by step tutorial that will teach you the skills and techniques you need to help you draw a convincing pencil portrait.
  • Our section on the Proportions of the Head helps you to measure the size, calculate the shape and position the features of a face in your drawings. If you follow these basic proportions you should notice an improvement in the accuracy of your portraits. These measurements are something that you need to understand before you start any portrait.
  • Our section on Portrait Features helps you with the problems that you meet when drawing the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Each feature has its own difficulties which we guide you through in our illustrated lessons.
  • Our Pencil Portrait explains and illustrates each stage of drawing a portrait from the initial outline to the subtle tones and textures of the finished work. Our step by step approach allows you to see the stages of development that you need to work through in order to achieve an image of satisfying quality.
  • Our Pencil Shading Techniques will enable you to practice the skills you need to improve your ability to render tone and form. You can copy and print a free exercise sheet to test your shading technique.