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 4


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

Drawing a pencil portrait from an old photograph

Started by Angela Harrison. Last reply by Angela Harrison Jan 14. 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

Me and my Cousin

Started by Kay. Last reply by kathy miller Sep 19, 2016. 1 Reply

You may like to do this one ? of me and my cousin Trish. I was about 5 and Trish about 2 I think.READ MORE

Portrait photographs.

Started by Kay. Last reply by Fiona Desirette Sep 18, 2016. 2 Replies

I thought you may like to use these photographs  if you care for a face full of character . Warwick loved to pose for me with his different hats on.…READ MORE

Portraits from "degraded" photograhs

Started by John. Last reply by Karen Sliwinski Sep 8, 2016. 5 Replies

I have found that degrading a photo, then tracing the outline, then blocking in, creates an interesting effect. It's sort of like negative painting. You have to be pretty much near the end before starting to see the final effect…READ MORE

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Comment by Donna Duquette on May 23, 2011 at 2:31pm

Hi Michelle, welcome to the group! 

That's such an interesting idea to add the shading while drawing with a grid.  I'm going to add your comment to the "Getting a Portrait Started" discussion so that we have all these great tips in one place.  I have a question, too, which I'll also add to the discussion.

Comment by Michelle Meijs on May 23, 2011 at 6:49am

Hi Donna, nice drawing, and great idea for a group.

I use the grid method when drawing from a photo, and I love to shade the dark shadows [instead of just the lines] while gridding, using graphite powder, applied with a q-tip

Comment by Sue Pownall on May 22, 2011 at 6:22am
Great idea for a group Donna.
Comment by Donna Duquette on May 21, 2011 at 7:43pm
Welcome to the group, Chamini!
Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 20, 2011 at 4:07pm
Cool, you chose a great pic!  I know, it's easy to get sidetracked on here isn't it. Just wait til we get more members, then you'll get lost here for hours! ;)
Comment by Donna Duquette on May 20, 2011 at 3:53pm
Thanks, Thaneeya...I meant to change the pic yesterday.  There's so much fun to be had around here that I keep getting sidetracked. :-D
Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on May 20, 2011 at 3:47pm

Thanks Donna, can't wait to share ideas and get inspired by other people's portrait art!

p.s. you can change the group image if you want, by clicking on 'options' then 'edit group' and then uploading a pic. Let me know if you need any help with it :)

Comment by Donna Duquette on May 20, 2011 at 1:37pm
Welcome to the group Annie and Thaneeya!

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