Portraiture with Ron Best

An introduction to the basic techniques for drawing portraits of the human face. The course explores basic techniques that you can use to improve your drawing and will enable you to continue developing your portrait drawing outside of the class. 

Join renowned local artist Ron Best for an intensive 4-week course, with all levels welcome. Please bring your own materials.


Course content:

What topics will you cover

1.     An introduction to the human facial proportions and anatomy

2.     Using lines to describe the human face and characteristics

3.     How to capture expressions

4.     An introduction to the idea of light and shade and how to depict shading on the face

5.     Design and composition

6.     Experiment with charcoal and collage

7.     Measuring the face, looking, and seeing different planes

8.     Explore the relationship between shapes of varying size faces

9.     Long sittings, and detailed portraits


Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will have


1.     A better understanding of facial anatomy and the underlying structure

2.     Develop skills in using different materials and media for drawing from observation

3.     Learn the value of simplification

4.      Complete portraits of varying faces and stages