Drawing II: Portraits

Instructor: Craig Berry
Thursdays 5:30-8:30pm
10 weeks: September 21 to November 23
Location: Online
$375 (supplies not included)
Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent experience

This course will focus on drawing portraits and achieving a likeness. The first few weeks will focus on structure and anatomy of the head from the larger skull form to individual smaller forms (eyes, nose, mouth and ears). The remaining weeks will focus on drawing the portrait from start to finish. Students will also learn how to light and photograph reference for their portrait work. This class will use 3D scan technology to better illustrate the head in 3 dimensions.


  • Understanding the construct (block-in)
  • Understanding light on form
  • Basic anatomy of the skull
  • Understanding the structure of eyes, nose, mouth, and ears
  • Preparing reference for portraiture (lighting and photography)
  • Rendering light and dark (the value scale)


  • Kneaded eraser
  • White eraser
  • Tombow eraser, round point
  • Paper blending stump
  • Callipers (like this) OR a knitting needle as thin as you can get
  • Strathmore 400 Series (Smooth) paper, comes in sheets or pads
  • Utility knife (like this)
  • Sandpaper, 220 grit 

Additional paper: Choose 1 or try them all. These can be purchased by the sheet. 

  • Stonehendge Paper (White or Pearl Grey)
  • Fabriano Artistico 120lb - Smooth (White)
  • Canson MiTients 98lb - (White, Pearl Grey, or Flannel Grey)