How To Draw A Three Dimensional Portrait

How To Draw A Three Dimensional Portrait

If you are looking to improve your portrait drawings watch the video critique below. In this video critique we help out Ilse with drawing a better likeness of the model within the photo.

We also show her how to create more three dimension through the use of shadow shapes. I’m a big believer of shading in shadow shapes in a solid way. If you leave white paper showing through your shadows, not only will you loose the likeness, you will also loose that three dimension look and feel.

Lastly in the video we show Ilse how to handle drawing the hair. Once again it’s all about light and shade. However with hair it’s also very much about drawing cylindrical shapes. Making sure that when you draw strands of hair they are in the form of a cylinder. Especially with the hair within the photo reference Ilse is drawing from.

I hope that you learned something from this video critique. If you are looking for some feedback and guidance regarding your portrait drawings visit to read up on what our site has to offer you.

Thanks for watching!



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Are You getting Feedback on Your Drawings?

Are You getting Feedback on Your Drawings?

Do you feel as though you are moving forwards or backwards with your drawings? It’s very easy for you to turn a few degrees off course when you are working alone in your studio. Not getting feedback on a weekly or bi-weekly basis could really be hurting your forward progress.

I see this a lot as owner and founder of Drawing Tutorials Online. I’ve been critiquing work on DTO since 2008. When you film weekly video critiques for roughly eight years you start to see glaring trends. The members who sign up watch the tutorials and pursue feedback through our Group Coaching Gallery constantly improve.

The members who sign up and just watch the tutorials usually get a little overwhelmed. They then proceed to loose their focus not knowing what to work on next. That is when they bounce around from online video to online video looking for that secret technique.

There is no secret drawing technique. It’s called study, apply what you learned, then get feedback to see if you are doing it right. Rinse and repeat on a consistent basis. That’s the secret sauce.

You see watching tutorials is great. Signing up for online courses is awesome, I’m in the midst of a course right now. You just have to combine the course with feedback. Call it what you want, feedback, coaching, or getting a critique it’s all the same.

If you consistently ask for feedback from a qualified instructor you will improve one hundred times faster. You won’t loose your focus, you won’t get frustrated either. Destructive negative self talk dooms so many aspiring artists. You might think your work sucks, but perhaps with one tweak it could be so much better.

I really want to encourage you to look for feedback. Whether it be from Drawing Tutorials Online or a local instructor in your home town. If you are really serious about improving your craft it’s a must for you.

Of course we would be happy to help you. We offer Group Coaching via a membership to Drawing Tutorials Online. If you are a bit shy with sharing your work we also offer One Time Coaching. It’s very private and very effective.

I hope you enjoy the example critique below taken from this weeks Group Coaching Gallery.

Diane has been a member for a few months now. Her figure drawings keep getting better and better. Mainly because of her consistent hard work and a little feedback. A little goes a long way.



Hi, Matt!

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful coaching you gave me last week. As the self help gurus say, you gave MUCH more than expected! Thank you! I am now a bit more structured and clear about what I need to do, including making the time to practice art. I also have four people to help hold me accountable for the hours I work on art each week. Yes, just a start, but a great one!


Again, thank you for pointing me in the right direction. It is much appreciated!
Kelly Hatfield (and husband, Rob, too!)