Learn how to draw portraits
with Michael Britton

Portrait Drawing Lessons - Learn to draw portraits

'I've learnt more about portrait drawing from your video workshops than I have from my previous face to face courses combined and at a fraction of the cost. Your teaching is comprehensive, yet clear and engaging.'

P. Delaney


Portrait Drawing Lessons ... and more!

Dear Michael,

I completed the download last night and watched every video. I am hugely impressed with both the content and presentation. You succeeded in entertaining as well as educating me.

I purchased your portrait drawing course some time ago and realized I needed the Fundamentals of Drawing first. So you have not only taught me how to draw portraits, you have taught me how to draw anything, how to develop good working habits and how to stay motivated. Thank you so much!

Best Wishes

Bridget Becker, USA

Learn how to draw portraits and faces like a Master

There are numerous methods to portrait drawing. But they can all be categorized into two approaches: drawing from the inside out and drawing from the outside in. The former is the purview of the untrained artist who, inevitably will stumble their way through art.

The most common beginner's error is to start with an eye and 'grow' out the face from there. Once in a while you will get a decent drawing but such a method lacks both unity and consistency.

Drawing from the outside in is far, far superior, particularly when it comes to painting.

Portrait Drawing Lessons and Tutorials are FREE
Portrait Drawing Lessons and Tutorials are FREE

Michael Britton, Copy of Rubens' Isabella Brant, Sanguine/Black Conte

From accurately gauging and striking the outside shape (the arabesque) of the head to the finished drawing is a skill that can be taught to almost anyone.

Begin your training with these free online drawing lessons.

When you are beginning to draw a portrait the first, all-important step is to establish the overall outside shape of the head. Most artists call the outside shape the contour, envelope is also used. I prefer to call this initial step striking the arabesque. This entails accurately gauging both the height/width proportion and the actual shape.

It takes the trained artist less than 30 seconds to sketch in that outside shape ... it is a lightning quick dash that speaks more of a fast paced dance than a laborious study. If terminology implies intent then arabesque fits the bill.

The likeness of your portrait is determined by that initial big shape. Everything else is subservient to it. From there it is a matter of breaking down the big shape into the smaller corresponding shapes such as the features, hair, neck, etc.

No one is born with this skill. We all have had to acquire it.

Michael Britton's 2019 Asia Workshop Tour

Old Master Techniques for Portrait Painting - Velazquez

I have benefited from the portrait workshop I attended. I learnt a lot from you, especially what you said about art is the process of taking away and adding over and over. I also learnt that some of the shortcuts I saw online were bad methods. It was immensely helpful and an eye-opening experience. Thank you for being so patient and cheerful.

Jary T., Singapore, 2018

Art class in Bangkok Hong Kong Singapore

Learn the Spanish Master Diego Velazquez' painting technique from the underpainting to the finishing touches in this three-day workshop.

Bangkok, Thailand at Paron Art School, Sukhumvit 26. Wednesdays, 16, 23 & 30th January 2019. Get the details!

Singapore at The Visual Arts Centre, Dhoby Ghaut. Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 22, 25 & 26 February 2019. Get the details! ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!

Hong Kong at Studio 83, Central. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4, 6 & 7 March 2019. Get the details!

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