Free drawing tutorials will help you create the perfect portrait

Portrait drawing intro

A good portrait captures the essence of the subject while also obeying anatomical rules. This is easier said than done when you consider that the human face is made up of many intricate parts. To help you learn how to draw a face, Wacom has put together this mini course of illustration videos by Darlene Nguyen.

Nguyen, who has shared a treasure trove of videos on her site RapidFireArt, is the perfect tutor if you need simple and easy advice. Thanks to her easy to understand videos, you'll learn how to conjure up noses, eyes, and whole faces from scratch. 

Nguyen has a background as a traditional artist, so you don't need to be a digital art pro to follow her videos. She's learning how to draw as she goes, and so are you. What's more, you don't need to worry about reference imagery, as Nguyen shows you how to sketch everything from a blank canvas. Get a taste of what to expect from the course by watching her human eye tutorial, below:

Besides sharpening your artistic skills, Nguyen also demonstrates good working practices. She works in a methodical way, which will help you build up a bank of images you can refer back to and learn from.

As well as covering all the key parts of the face, including noses, ears, and lips, Nguyen shares how to draw facial expressions that will bring your portraits to life. There's also a tutorial about drawing three-quarter profiles, which will come in super-handy if you want to change facial features for lots of different characters.

As you'd expect from a series of lessons on the Wacom site, there's a bonus video that shows you how to draw a face in the Wacom Intuos Pro Paper tablet. Here you'll see how you can take your analogue drawings and play around with them digitally. It's a great skill building exercise and way to dip your toes into the wonderful world of digital art. 

Lead image via Wacom

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.