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Chiaroscuro Creative Portrait with Pencils

A course by Marco Mazzoni , Artist and Illustrator

Artist and Illustrator. Voghera, Italy.
Joined October 2019

Revisit a classical method to breathe new life into your drawings

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Revisit a classical method to breathe new life into your drawings

A course by Marco Mazzoni

Mastering the use of color and contrast in creative portraits is key to transmitting the story behind your drawings. Marco Mazzoni is an expert when it comes to evoking emotion in his work, drawing inspiration from personal experiences and classical techniques, such as Chiaroscuro.

In this course, Marco will teach you how to convey the tone of your work by walking you through the use of Chiaroscuro in pencil portraits and sharing his step by step coloring method.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 33 downloads

  • 97% positive reviews (777)
  • 12597 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 3m)
  • 33 additional resources (18 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
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What is this course's project?

Draw a creative Chiaroscuro portrait using colored pencils.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to improve their illustrations using pencils by implementing Chiaroscuro in their portraits. Experienced illustrators will obtain a new methodology to apply shading and color, giving more balance and emotion to their work. Novice illustrators will discover how to plan and layer their work, and get a better understanding of how to compose a creative portrait.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience in drawing portraits with pencils is not required to do this course, but it is advisable to have some basic knowledge of illustration techniques.

As for utilities, all you will need are colored pencils and paper.


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Marco Mazzoni

A course by Marco Mazzoni

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Artist and Illustrator

Marco Mazzoni’s passion for drawing began at the age of 5, when he would sketch on any piece of paper he could find while waiting for his father to finish work at the paper mill.

Experimenting with the boundaries of fine art has been a passion of Marco’s since he was a student. His artwork tells a compelling story, drawing inspiration from Sardinian mysticism and the plants and animals he sketched as a child.

Marco’s recent achievements include working on an illustrated version of the Hans Christian Andersen classic Poucette for the French publishing house Albin Michel Jeunesse, where he takes the reader on a captivating journey through his use of color and texture. His work is also exhibited in galleries and museums across Europe and North America.


  • U1


    • Introduction (About Me)
    • Influences
    • What We Will Do on the Course
  • U2


    • The Importance of Sketching
    • Planning the Portrait: Conceptualization and Choice of Elements
    • Composition + Basic Lines
  • U3

    Chiaroscuro and Basic Colour

    • Chiaroscuro (Black & White) - Theory
    • Chiaroscuro (Black & White) - Practice
    • Second Colour Base
  • U4


    • Itten Circle and Optional Choice of Colours
    • Applying First Colour
    • Applying Second Colour
    • Applying Finishing Touches
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative portraying with pencils

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Chiaroscuro Creative Portrait with Pencils. Illustration course by Marco Mazzoni Best seller

Chiaroscuro Creative Portrait with Pencils

A course by Marco Mazzoni
Artist and Illustrator. Voghera, Italy.
Joined October 2019
  • 97% positive reviews (777)
  • 12597 students