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Portrait Illustration Masterclasses

Realistic drawing course for all skill levels

Over 50 people have attended this class


The Portrait Illustration Masterclass is a 4-week course jam packed with techniques, demonstrations and secret tips to drawing a Realistic Portrait! I taught myself to draw from the age of 19 and 100% believe that all illustration skills can be learnt by anyone (yep, that includes you!). This course is created to introduce you to new methods, improve your drawing skills and lift your creativity to a whole new level. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a sketching whiz - this is the course for you!


WEEK 1 - Eyes & brows
Eyes are the centrepiece of the face and the most crucial part of nailing the expression of your subject. We'll get straight into drawing the eyes & brows, making sure each detail comes through effectively. In this class we will also walk through all the art tools and products that are best used for portrait illustration work.

WEEK 2 - Other facial features
The mouth, nose, ears and chin are next, and where we really start to see the face come together. With a few simple techniques, we'll work closely on each facial feature and learn how to make them pop off the page.

WEEK 3 - Skin
Skin is my favourite part as this gives the face dimension and that super realistic effect! This week we learn about shading and I will share some of my secret sauce techniques that I have used in portrait artworks.

WEEK 4 - Hair
Hair is regularly claimed to be the hardest part about portrait work. Over the years I have learnt some super effective methods to simplify the process and draw hair more quickly & easily. In this lesson we will practice some of these and work towards a finished portrait.

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What you will learn

  • Skills & techniques for drawing in a realistic style
  • Applying those techniques to a new portrait from start to finish (which you will complete by the end of the course!)
  • Secret industry tips and advice

What you will get

  • Your finished Portrait Illustration!
  • Course Workbook & PDF
  • Plenty of new skills, new friends and a boost of inspiration!

What to bring

  • Feel free to bring along any art supplies you already have but everything will be provided for you anyway.
  • A keenness to learn!

What to wear

Clothes that make you feel awesome!

Appropriate for

This course is suitable for all drawing levels, this may be of particular interest to those who already draw and want to boost their realism skills even further.

Creator's Handbook

Vendor since 2017

Creators Handbook is about being part of a community that appreciates and supports the freelancing artist. It’s about learning new art skills and techniques, and doing so at your own pace. Whether you’re a student, a mother, a business owner (or all 3!), this is the place to sit down with a cup of coffee or a sketchbook, and let the creativity flow.

Vanessa Vanderhaven is a self-taught freelance illustrator and designer based in Melbourne. As the founder and captain of the mothership, her number 1 priority is to deliver on her promise of high quality lessons, helpful articles and support for each and every member.

If you have an enquiry or would just like to say hello, please shoot through an email to hello@creatorshandbook.co. Or if you’d like to learn more about Vanessa, you can visit her website www.vanessavanderhaven.com.

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5.0 (15 reviews)
02 December 2019Portrait Illustration Masterclasses
I had a wonderful time at Vanessa's class. At first, I thought I was taking on a BIG challenge but Vanessa went through the process in small do-able steps and even after week one, I was amazed at what I had achieved. By the end of the 4 classes, we all had produced amazing replicas of our visual stimulus.
01 December 2019Portrait Illustration Masterclasses
Vanessa's Portrait Illustration course was great. Having never really drawn before, I learned so many things. Vanessa is very nice and a great, fun and patient teacher. There were drinks and nibbles every class, which was great as well. And as a proof of Vanessa's skills, everyone's drawing looked amazing!
09 May 2019Portrait Illustration Masterclasses
Vanessa is such an amazing artist. These sessions were so relaxing and lots of fun. Vanessa shares all her skills & tips to produce a fabulous piece of artwork. Having no idea about drawing , I am amazed at what I produced at each session. Highly recommend vanessa’s classes.
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Refund Policy

Creator's Handbook requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Creator's Handbook to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

Ticket refunds can be made up until 1 week before the course begins.

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