A group for people who draw or paint portraits.  Ask questions and share your favorite tips and techniques. 

Members: 331
Latest Activity: May 17


Hello and Welcome to the Portraits Group!


This is the place to share your portrait art and discuss all aspects of making portraits.


If you would like to share your portrait art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a Discussion" button at the bottom of the Discussion Forum section of this page.. You will likely get more views and replies if you start your own discussion.

If you would like a critique or want some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can start your own discussion by clicking here:

If you would like to share progress shots of your portrait art in its various stages, that's great too! Tutorials are welcome!

If you upload your art for critique or Show & Tell, please also tell us about the art: for instance, tell us the size, medium, what the piece means to you, etc. If you want a critique please also tell us what areas of the artwork you are unsure about and what you were trying to achieve (realism? expressionism? etc).

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to portraits and all aspects of making a portrait.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

My First Portrait Experiment.

Started by Katherine May Yates. Last reply by Joan Simpson Apr 6. 10 Replies

This is the  first time I've tried a realistic (as realistic as I could at least) human face. I used a photograph of a friend for reference, and a full face seemed a bit daunting so I opted for a profile view, also because she has magnificent bone…READ MORE

Skin tones in oils

Started by Merrie Kapron. Last reply by Melinda Roth Nov 4, 2015. 7 Replies

This is my second portrait in oils. Skin tones are a challenge and I am open to comments/suggestions.…READ MORE

Cara Delevingne

Started by Ilmari Teekkinen Sep 20, 2015. 0 Replies

Speedpaint in ten hours, based on Cara Delevingne photographs. With XAN on iPad.READ MORE

Country Sunshine

Started by Beverly Burrows. Last reply by Beverly Burrows Jul 23, 2015. 1 Reply


Self Portrait

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Beverly Burrows Jul 22, 2015. 8 Replies

Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas. No need for flattery with a self portrait. I held the camera at arms length and stood directly under the electric light.…READ MORE

Is it possible? using 3 reference photos of my Mom, and Creating 1 portrait ??

Started by Shar Brecht. Last reply by David Hawkes Feb 27, 2015. 4 Replies

i know I am taking on a big challenge for myself.But  I think it is possible,,What do You, think??Hi to everyone, Ok, here is what I have had in my head that I am now attempting to produce.I have 3 photos of my Mother before she passed away, each…READ MORE

Acrylic Painting- Madiba

Started by Carmelita Cornelius. Last reply by Mike Fone Feb 1, 2015. 2 Replies

I am still busy working on this. I am not a good painter and am kind of stuck because I don't know how else to give this flat painting some form. I know I should add tone and detail, but I have not established enough technique to execute the…READ MORE

The Rug Maker

Started by Mike Fone Jan 27, 2015. 0 Replies

Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas.What lifts a painting and in this case a portrait out of the many. I see a lot of paintings with great technique and a good likeness, but am not moved by the experience of looking. It raises the question of what we expect…READ MORE

La Priere after Bouguereau

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Mike Fone Jan 26, 2015. 2 Replies

This is a copy from the French artist Bouguereau. You can find the original painting on the Art Renewal site. I find the lighting especially fascinating here. You may notice just how important tonal values and turns are in this painting. Dare I say…READ MORE

The Indian Man

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by R L Oliver Jan 26, 2015. 5 Replies

Oils on 12 x 16 inch canvasI asked my neighbours son if I could take his photo for a painting. He said yes.So, zoom in, snap snap and away. I set too with the brush and soon there it was. Some days it just happens. I haven't got it figured yet and…READ MORE

Comment Wall


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Comment by Suz Darran on April 5, 2016 at 2:28pm

I have joined this group to try to get some tips.....well a lot of help really as I am a beginner trying to conquer portraits as I must say it is so hard. I struggle with the noses.....well I struggle with it a complete beginner with no training at all I find it so hard to find a way to get it right well at least nears. I have tried starting with the outline face first and also tried starting with the eyes and working round them.

I would love some advise is anyone has any to offer me. Thanks.Suz

Comment by Pris Hardy on February 24, 2016 at 10:55am

Jenny, also check out Darrel Tank's Five Pencil Method.  He is a great teacher with the ability to help his students understand a concept the first time through.  He also has multiple videos out on YouTube.  Check out

Comment by Merrie Kapron on February 22, 2016 at 7:43pm

Jenny, check out:   There are some fabulous tutorials here.


Comment by Jenny Lynn on February 22, 2016 at 7:34pm

I am new at Portraits / drawing people, am trying to get a woman's face down pat, Looking any free tutorials/study / eBooks or w/e will help in this en-devour!

Comment by Pris Hardy on February 15, 2016 at 9:19pm

Beautiful piece Merrie!

Comment by Merrie Kapron on February 15, 2016 at 2:15pm

My first dancer....done in charcoal.

Comment by Cheri Homaee on November 4, 2015 at 4:06pm

Hi haven't posted here for a while.  Experimenting with colored pencils.  11 x 14 Bristol Smooth, Prismacolored pencils

Comment by Mark Anony on October 25, 2015 at 7:07pm

I'm just looking how you guys do portraits, I'm doodling on an ipad ,

Comment by Kink Jarfold on April 26, 2015 at 7:36pm

Comment by Mo on January 26, 2015 at 5:26pm

I tried a portrait of Abe Lincoln in charcoal. He has an interesting face. I am OK with the first attempt, but I need to work on the proportions.


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