Contemporary Portraits with Graphite

A course by lantomo
Artist and Portrait Specialist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined August 2010
, Artist and Portrait Specialist

Combine analog and digital techniques to create realistic pencil portraits filled with emotion

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (118)
  • 1632 students

Combine analog and digital techniques to create realistic pencil portraits filled with emotion

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (118)
  • 1632 students
  • 22 lessons (5h 2m)
  • 29 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What’s the key to a good portrait? It must convey emotion. And when you look at it, you feel what the artist wanted to express. That is precisely what defines the work of Antonella Montes, better known as Lantomo. Her portraits are charged with emotion; she creates them using a sophisticated blend of digital and analog techniques, focusing on graphite as the primary tool.

In this Domestika course, learn to create both realistic and conceptual portraits based on a photograph by combining graphite with splashes of watercolors. Hone your skills and transform a drawing into raw emotion.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Concept of the Portrait and Preparation of the Final Composition
  • U3
    U3. Preparing the Drawing
  • U4
    U4. Making the Portrait
  • U5
    U5. Background and Conservation of the Portrait
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know Antonella Montes, aka Lantomo. Follow her artistic career up to this point and find out what her main influences are.

Then, choose a photo for your portrait. Import it into Photoshop and create a digital outline with all the elements of your composition so you can transpose them onto paper.

Lantomo explains which tools are essential, which are optional, and how to use them. Learn how to transfer your drawing to paper using a grid and add some splashes of color before grabbing your graphite to work on the chiaroscuro aspects of your portrait.

Time to get to work! Draw the entire portrait with pencils, graphite, and a lot of patience. Lantomo highlights some of the most difficult aspects of the portrait process that, if done well, transform your drawing into a captivating work of art.

Finish your portrait by adding a black background to make it stand out and learn how to mount your drawing so that it lasts a long time. Finally, Lantomo shares some tips on digitalizing your portrait for sharing on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create your very own realistic graphite portrait (size A3) and add your unique, personal touch using details that evoke inspiring emotions.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators and anyone interested in drawing, portraits, and graphite techniques.

Requirements and materials

Some prior knowledge of drawing is helpful, but is not necessary to take this course.

The materials for this course include A3 or similar size flat (not textured) drawing or watercolor paper, pencils of varying hardness (6-8 of your choice ranging from 6H to 8B), erasers, a pencil sharpener, a stick of soft graphite, a stick of black pastel, several charcoal pencils, watercolors, and a brush.


1632 Students
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A course by lantomo

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Artist and Portrait Specialist

Antonella Montes, who goes by the artistic name Lantomo, is an Italian artist living in Barcelona. She studied architecture in Italy with a specialization in stage and exhibit design, but since 2010, has worked exclusively as a professional portrait artist. She spent three years living in Beijing, China where she perfected her portraits, creating increasingly detailed and precise works with her signature mark.

She is currently represented by galleries such as Galería Bat Alberto Cornejo in Madrid, Galería 3 Punts in Barcelona, and Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay, Australia. She is also active at international fairs and expos.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2

    Concept of the Portrait and Preparation of the Final Composition

    • Concept of the Portrait: What Do I Want to Tell?
    • Who Can I Draw?
    • The Digital Sketch
  • U3

    Preparing the Drawing

    • Materials
    • Line Drawing 1
    • Line Drawing 2
    • Overlapping Elements
  • U4

    Making the Portrait

    • Hair 1
    • Hair 2
    • Forehead
    • Eyes 1
    • Eyes 2
    • Cheek and Nose 1
    • Cheek and Nose 2
    • Mouth and Chin 1
    • Mouth and Chin 2
  • U5

    Background and Conservation of the Portrait

    • The Contour and Final Touches
    • The Background
    • Conservation of the Portrait and Digital Archive
  • FP

    Final project

    • Contemporary Portrait in Graphite

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific 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 teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're 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 text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Contemporary Portraits with Graphite. Illustration course by lantomo

Contemporary Portraits with Graphite

A course by lantomo
Artist and Portrait Specialist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined August 2010
  • 100% positive reviews (118)
  • 1632 students