Colour portrait Illustration Workshop (Brisbane)


No clue how to start drawing a coloured portrait? Are you unsure which pencils to use, or how to achieve the right skin tones?

Unlike graphite pencils, drawing in colour requires an understanding of colour theory and understanding how different colours blend together. Colour portraits may seem complicated and intimidating, but watch as all your fears diminish in this 3-hour workshop where you’ll learn just how simple it really is!

Discover the self-taught techniques behind Vanessa Vanderhaven’s realistic illustrations in this Saturday morning 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!

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Through live demonstration, we'll dig into:

- Getting proportions spot-on: the simple way to outline a face

- Choosing colours for your artwork: working with a minimal selection of colours (because colour pencils are expensive!)

- Drawing fine details: the easy way to drawing itty bitty details

- Basic colour blending techniques: the basic theory explained

- Adding your own creative flair: drawing in your own unique style

- My personal tips and tricks for that pop-off-the-page factor!

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


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

Full use of all drawing materials (paper, pencils, erasers, blending tools etc.)

What to bring

Feel free to bring along any colour pencils you’d like to use. We will be working with a minimal palette of 4-5 colours but you’re welcome to use more colours if you have them!

What to wear

Wear what makes you feel wonderful.

Appropriate for

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners, through to advanced. No matter your skill level, you will walk away having learnt a new way to illustrate detail and draw faces unique to you.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Ticket refunds can be made up until 1 week before the workshop begins.


Social Cut Studios in Brisbane
7/887 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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