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

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Latest Activity: Aug 28, 2019


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

50th Wedding Anniversary

Started by Richard Giordano Aug 28, 2019. 0 Replies

This was done from black and white (the altered photos as the originals were from the 1950s and were not in the best of condition) and combined, into one portrait..I had to do a lot of leg work to combine the original.I drew this coloured pencils…READ MORE


Started by Richard Giordano. Last reply by Richard Giordano Aug 28, 2019. 2 Replies

This was interpreted from a magazine ad for Olia Garnier.For the the original coloured version, this can be found at the following link:…READ MORE

Tom Thomson

Started by Richard Giordano Aug 28, 2019. 0 Replies

This was done from a photo, the original below:…READ MORE

Drawing a pencil portrait from an old photograph

Started by Angela Harrison. Last reply by Angela Harrison Jan 14, 2019. 5 Replies

I have started drawing a portrait in pencil and the preliminary sketch is beginning to form, but wondering if you can draw sketches of the eyes, nose, lips and ears in various stages then post during a work in progress?  Here is the preliminary…READ MORE

Getting the subject's look

Started by Flo Adar. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Oct 10, 2018. 2 Replies

I'm uploading a source photo of my niece's daughter.  She's 11 and this photo was suggested to me by her mother. I don't usually do children.  But the beautiful photo and the braids charmed me so I thought I would give it a try.  I've worked on it…READ MORE

Skin, skin and more skin... not to mention hair! ;)

Started by Carla Cryptic. Last reply by Carla Cryptic Nov 19, 2017. 12 Replies

For a long time (since I first held a pencil in my grubby little toddler hand), I've been working through a process which would allow me to paint, draw, or sculpt what I see in the mirror and all around me.  I am racially mixed (black, white,…READ MORE

Tags: #people, #portraits, #self-portraits, textures, #hair

Practice Practice Practice ....all done with Andrea

Started by Brenda Morgado. Last reply by Brenda Morgado May 26, 2017. 6 Replies

I'm going to do portrait after portrait hopefully to improve . This is my niece Andrea By my husband's sister , Andrea is 46 . Here is the reference and my first wip…READ MORE

My grandson's pastel portrait

Started by Brenda Morgado. Last reply by Brenda Morgado May 24, 2017. 5 Replies

Hi , this is an 8x10pastel of my grandson Max 8 yrs old . I love to do pastel portraits and everyone tells me I am good ...BUT my daughter never likes any I do ...So I really want to practice and learn how to improve my likeness of my subjects .…READ MORE

La Priere after Bouguereau

Started by Mike Fone. Last reply by Robert (Bob) Murray Apr 10, 2017. 5 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 Marguerite Valdez Dec 6, 2016. 8 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

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Comment by Frank Savage on February 7, 2017 at 7:01pm

Pencils and french chalk, an experiment of sorts as is all my work as time goes on i tend to get a little more adventurous with implements to make a drawing with...but i never stray from the essentials like continuity techniques tried and tested ect ect...The variations are endless to create a good work...after the drawing is done, i then attempt to capture the soul.

Elizabeth..Aged 100 years this year, and this is the ONLY existing image of her . Pencils on A4 By Frank Savage.

She was lovely and didn't like photos so i drew her for her family. She thought it was really posh to have her portrait drawn...wonderful!

Thank You for any comment!

Frank Savage.

Comment by Frank Savage on February 7, 2017 at 6:55pm

Comment by Carla Cryptic on November 5, 2016 at 8:02am

I like to see how much personality I can get into minimal strokes or non-traditional tools and/or media.  This was made entirely with a swathe of dots brush but it totally seems like Queen Nefertiti to me.  Then, later, I wanted to see if I could add more to any good effect and did a portrait of my friend Denise from the back.  Fascinating!  Here's that second piece:

Comment by Carla Cryptic on November 2, 2016 at 12:04am

It's a strong piece, Frank... love the monochromatic approach here.  It gives a lot of emphasis to the detail you've put in to it.  I am in an ongoing learning curve when it comes to skin tones.  I like where I am with them but always want to go further.  

Comment by Frank Savage on October 15, 2016 at 3:04am

This is an A3 size portrait from some of my 2013 work,. I have used a b2 mostly as i like the dynamics of the darker tones. The angle of the subject too was a little daunting at the time i remember as it is an unusual perspective. and she is wandering beneath a light which only half shines. 

After a while you discover you are strong in certain areas, mine was eyes, though knowing that i promptly concentrated on other aspects such as skin tones ect...i hope its helpfull to some one if so please let me know!


Comment by Frank Savage on October 15, 2016 at 2:59am

Comment by Kennedy Paizs on July 27, 2016 at 10:12am

Oil on canvas. This was a kind of experiment painting.  I like parts of it, but some of it just does not work very well. It is a large painting done in oil on canvas.  My favorite parts are the small paintings in windows and the use of thickness and color.

Comment by Kennedy Paizs on July 27, 2016 at 10:11am

Comment by Kennedy Paizs on July 27, 2016 at 10:10am

Comment by Kennedy Paizs on July 27, 2016 at 10:09am


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