How to Draw Portraits - Online Workshop

Justin Maas' How to Draw Portraits Workshop is now open and it's completely FREE to watch and follow along!


Justin put this 4-part workshop together for us to demonstrate his best tips and techniques for drawing portraits. You can watch the video lessons here. The supply list is available on the workshop site so you can get all the materials needed to follow along.



As the foundation of your artwork, paper is the natural place to start and plays a huge role in the success of your artwork. Always choose a quality paper, which will remain archival and allows multiple layers and reworking. In this workshop series we will be working with 3 papers:


The main tool for most drawings is a pencil. In this workshop series we will be working primarily with:

  • Lyra graphite pencils, including: HB, B, 2B, 4B, 8B
  • Lyra white pastel pencil
  • Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Colored Pencils
  • We will talk briefly about other sketching pencils like charcoal and carbon

Other Items

While it is true that all one really needs for a drawing is a pencil and some paper, the following items will help make your job easier:

  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Tortillions or blending stumps
  • Painter’s tape
  • Desk lamp with 5000k daylight bulbs
  • Drawing board or easel to keep your work at a 30-50 degree angle


► Lesson 1: The Basics – materials, techniques and all about the portrait


► Lesson 2: The Block in: How do I get my subject on the page?


► Lesson 3: A Complete Monochromatic Portrait on Toned Paper

► Lesson 4: A Complete Colored Pencil Portrait on White Paper


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