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Colour Portrait Illustration Workshop

Learn to draw a realistic face in full-colour!

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No clue where to start with drawing a coloured portrait? Are you unsure which pencils to use, or even how to begin getting proportions accurate?

Discover the self-taught techniques behind Vanessa’s realistic illustrations in this 3 hour workshop, where you'll learn the foundations of drawing a coloured portrait! By the end of the workshop you'll leave with a gorgeously detailed piece to be proud of!

Through demonstration, we'll dig into:

- Getting proportions spot-on

- Choosing colours for your artwork

- Basic colour blending techniques

- Drawing fine details

- Adding your own creative flair!

Limited tickets available as we like to keep each class small, so that each student gets individual attention on their work.

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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
  • Unique tips and tricks!
What you will get
  • Use of drawing materials (paper, pencils, erasers, blending tools etc.)

What to bring
  • Just you! :)
What to wear

Wear what makes you feel wonderful.

Appropriate for

This course is suitable for beginners or those just wishing to give coloured portraits a whirl!


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 Or if you’d like to learn more about Vanessa, you can visit her website

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Refund & Cancellation 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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27 May 2019 • Colour Portrait Illustration Workshop

Vanessa’s colour pencil class made me so much more confident in the medium as it was pretty much a brand new medium for me. She’s very encouraging and I’d possibly the best art teacher I’ve ever had in my life!