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


alla prima portrait painting

Winter 2020 - Painting Portraits Alla Prima

Painting Alla Prima means completing a portrait painting in a single sitting. This is no mean feat and requires a well-honed skill-set which results in paintings that are as fresh as home-baked cookies.

In this workshop -- three days portrait painting in oil -- you will acquire the skills to capture both the likeness and spirit of your subjects.


27, 30 & 31 April - SOLD OUT

Syllabus & Registration

Kuala Lumpur

10, 11 & 12 April - PLACES AVAILABLE

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Paris, France


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London, UK

7-9 August, London Fine Art Studios

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.

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.

Portrait drawing lessons

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.

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