Realistic Portraits with Pen

A course by Joaquín Rodríguez
Graphic artist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/14/2015
, Graphic artist

Learn how to draw creative portraits by combining hyperrealistic and abstract elements

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 745 students
Realistic Portraits with Pen

Learn how to draw creative portraits by combining hyperrealistic and abstract elements

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 745 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (4h 15m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Imagine being able to represent the essence of a human being with a tool as common and simple as a pen. With the help of graphic artist Joaquín Rodríguez, whose work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Europe, you can learn how to create powerful portraits full of personality and style.

In this course, discover how to create a portrait with a pen, inspired by a photo and made with elements that are both geometrically abstract and hyper realistic. Joaquín guides you through all the steps, teaching you techniques for developing your drawing skills and giving your work life and movement.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Production
  • U4
    U4. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final Project
View details

Start by getting to know your teacher, Joaquín Rodríguez. Discover his main artistic influences and go through what will be taught in this course.

Joaquín shows you the materials that you need for your project and comments on the unique uses of each tool. Choose a photograph as a reference and learn to analyze its visual strengths. Then, make your first sketches of the portrait in pencil, discovering how to incorporate elements of light, shadow, perspective, volume, and a vanishing point.

Start drawing your final portrait in pen, starting with the face, facial expression, eyes, and mouth. Then, apply fine details for the clothing, textures, and other abstract shapes that bring your image to life. To complete the portrait, learn how to create realistic shadows that add movement to your drawing.

Finally, Joaquín guides you through the world of post-production. Learn to make the final adjustments digitally in Adobe Photoshop and get some tips on the different types of paper and ink that you can use for fine art printing.

What is this course's project?

Using a photograph as a reference, draw a portrait with a pen by combining geometric shapes and hyper realistic elements. Then, give your portrait its final touches digitally in Adobe Photoshop.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in drawing who wants to learn new techniques for using a ballpoint pen as a creative tool.

What you need

Some basic drawing skills are recommended, but are not necessary.

The materials you need include: papers of various weights, pencils, tracing paper, a ruler, a pen, tape, a compass, a camera or scanner, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed for editing your drawing digitally.


745 Students
24 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Joaquín Rodríguez

A course by Joaquín Rodríguez

Graphic artist

Graphic artist Joaquín Rodríguez has a degree in architecture, but found his true calling in drawing. Using a pen as his main creative tool, his work mostly combines abstract geometric figures with cyberpunk culture.

He has collaborated with the La Fiambrera gallery in Madrid and with Spanish magazines like Jaleo and Yorokobu. He has also participated in solo and group exhibitions in several galleries throughout Europe.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2


    • Materials
    • Choose photo and selection analysis
    • Sketch of the drawing
    • Incorporation of elements
  • U3


    • Face drawing 1
    • Face drawing 2
    • Shading and hair texture 1
    • Shading and hair texture 2
    • Drawing of the added elements 1
    • Drawing of the added elements 2
    • Jacket texture 1
    • Jacket texture 2
    • Final details
  • U4


    • Adjustments in Photoshop
    • Printing options
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Realistic Portraits with Pen

This Is What Domestika Courses Are Like

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn From the Best

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Expert Instructors

    Each instructor teaches only what she/he does best, conveying true passion and excellence in every lesson.

  • Certificate Pro

    Demonstrate your course attendance with a certificate signed by the teacher. Get it with your Domestika PRO subscription

  • Front Row Seats

    Videos of the highest quality ensure that you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them over and over.

  • Share Knowledge

    Ask questions, request feedback, offer solutions. Share learning with other students in the community.

  • Creative Community

    More than 1M creatives and growing. Domestika is the place to share and learn what you love.

  • Professionally Developed Courses

    We selected top creatives and a team of experts to develop the courses. The result? You'll feel like you're working side by side with leading professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

  • You can now redeem the course you received, just access redeeming page to enter your gift code and redeem it.

Realistic Portraits with Pen. A Illustration course by Joaquín Rodríguez

Realistic Portraits with Pen

A course by Joaquín Rodríguez
Graphic artist. Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 02/14/2015
  • 100% Positive reviews (24)
  • 745 students