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The Portrait Illustration Masterclass is a 4 week course jam packed with techniques, demonstrations and secret tips for drawing a Realistic Portrait! I taught myself to draw from the age of 19 and 100% believe that all illustration skills can be learnt by anyone (yep, that includes you!). This course has been created to introduce you to new methods, improve your drawing skills and lift your creativity to a whole new level. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a sketching whiz - this is the course for you!

What you will learn

  • New skills & techniques for drawing in a realistic style.
  • How to apply those techniques to a new portrait from start to finish.
  • Secret industry tips and advice.

Course Breakdown

WEEK 1 - Eyes & brows
Eyes are the centrepiece of the face and the most crucial part of nailing the expression of your subject. We'll get straight into drawing the eyes & brows, making sure each detail comes through effectively. In this class we will also walk through all the art tools and products that are best used for portrait illustration work.

WEEK 2 - Other facial features
The mouth, nose, ears and chin are next, and where we really start to see the face come together. With a few simple techniques, we'll work closely on each facial feature and learn how to make them pop off the page.

WEEK 3 - Skin
Skin is my favourite part as this gives the face dimension and that super realistic effect! This week we learn about shading and I will share some of my secret sauce techniques that I have used in portrait artworks.

WEEK 4 - Hair
Hair is regularly claimed to be the hardest part about portrait work. Over the years I have learnt some super effective methods to simplify the process and draw hair more quickly & easily. In this lesson we will practice some of these and work towards a finished portrait.

What you will get

  • Your very own Portrait Illustration
  • Course Workbook & PDF
  • Plenty of new skills, new friends and a boost of inspiration!
  • The Ultimate Artkit FILLED with all the art products that I personally use for my illustration work. (additional purchase)
  • Cheese & Wine at each class.

What to bring

  • Feel free to bring along any art supplies you already have but everything will be provided for you anyway.
  • A keenness to learn!

What to wear

Clothes that make you feel awesome :)

Appropriate for

This course is suitable for all drawing levels, this may be of particular interest to those who already draw and want to boost their realism skills even further.

Course Schedule

4 week course held in May 2018, on Tuesday and Thursday nights for 2.5hrs.

Course Dates

May 1st - 
May 8th - 6pm-8:30pm
May 15th - 6pm-8:30pm
May 22nd - 6pm-8:30pm

May 3rd - 
May 10th - 6pm-8:30pm
May 17th - 6pm-8:30pm
May 24th - 6pm-8:30pm


Inspire9 (Melbourne)
Level 1, 41-43 Stewart Street
Richmond, VIC 3121

Course Tickets

Full Course $259

  • 4 weeks of classes & your finished portrait
  • Take-home workbooks & PDF
  • Cheese & wine!

Art Kit $80
All the best tools for illustration - professional quality pencils, paper, erasers and more! (purchase at checkout)


If you have any questions about this course, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email at