Drawing the Portrait with Gus Carrozza

Thursday 10:30 am – 12:30pm  $150 - 8 x 2 hr sessions

ADTH10 - Drawing the Portrait – for beginners and intermediate

Learn the fundamentals of the art of portraiture from the basic proportions of the head, the study of the individual features, to achieving a likeness.



Drawing the Portrait - Course Outline

Drawing someone’s portrait can be intimidating for the beginner. Many people would love to be able to draw a face but don’t know where to start. By learning some basic skills and techniques, it can become an enjoyable and rewarding challenge. This course will help provide these skills and build on them to ultimately be able to achieve a likeness or capture the “character” of the subject.


  • Basic structure, anatomy and proportions of the face and head
  • Examining Individual features
  • Creating “Generic” heads using learned skills and techniques
  • Perspective in relation to the head and features
  • Using tone to create form
  • Improving observational skills
  • Lighting the face to achieve better results
  • Selecting the right photos to work from
  • Working towards achieving a likeness

Materials List

  • Sketch book – A3 or A2
  • Graphite pencils – H, HB, 2B, 4B
  • Charcoal pencil – Black Pitt Charcoal or Generals Charcoal (2B)
  • Sanguine pastel pencil – Pitt Pastel or Cretacolor
  • White Conte pencil
  • Kneadable eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Optional:

- Table easel for drawing in upright position

- Drawing board for easel

- Bulldog clips to clip reference to easel

Note: We can also explore other mediums like coloured pencils and pastels (eg. Sepia or Sanguine), pen and ink if there is interest, so bring along your favourite materials.