Portrait Drawing: 6 Masters 6 techniques

In this 6-week course, we will explore a variety of drawing techniques, copying the works of 6 great artists of the past. The techniques I chose will give you occasion to practice the essential methods and materials historically used for portraiture, develop your technical skills, experiment with new materials and drawing methods, improve your drawing accuracy in depicting the human face.

Charcoal and chalk, graphite, toned paper, pen and ink, pastel, reduction technique, Trois Crayon, silverpoint, are all methods we will use in this course, making it also a survey in classic drawing methods. You will have permanent access to the recordings of this course, giving you the possibility to continue practicing these methods at your leisure.


  • White paper: a pad of Strathmore Drawing in vellum or medium surface, about 11”x14”; or a pad of Strathmore Bristol, same size and same surface; or a pad of Stonehenge Legion in white, same size.
  • Toned paper: you can wait to buy the toned paper as we will be discussing various types of paper in class, but these are a few possibilities: a pad of Strathmore charcoal, 11” by 14” or bigger; or a few sheets of Fabriano Roma, Fabriano Ingres, Canson Mi-Teintes.
  • Graphite pencils: traditional wood casing pencils or lead holders in gradations HB, B, 2B, 4B.

Course composed by 6 videos

20 Hrs of video content published

Release Date 03/29/2022

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Portrait Drawing: 6 Masters 6 techniques
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