Ink Portraits with Lines and Dots

A course by Leonardo Gauna
Illustrator. La Plata, Argentina.
Joined August 2019
, Illustrator

Learn to analyze the anatomy of a face, play with light and shadow, and express the identity of people through portraits

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 741 students

Learn to analyze the anatomy of a face, play with light and shadow, and express the identity of people through portraits

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 741 students
  • 16 lessons (1h 45m)
  • 22 additional resources (11 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

Illustrator Leonardo Gauna is an expert at capturing the identity and expressiveness of people through their face. Armed with a pen, he explores the limits of art by experimenting with lines, composition, and the distribution of white space on the page, which has led him to work with businesses like Starbucks and institutions such as the La Plata National University.

In this course, he teaches you how to analyze the anatomy of a face and play with light and shadows to create ink portraits of anyone you want using lines and dots. If you'd like to learn more with Leonardo, check out his other course Introduction to Artistic Figure Drawing.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Know your tools
  • U3
    U3. What do you observe?
  • U4
    U4. The strategy
  • U5
    U5. Inked
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet your teacher, Leonardo Gauna, who tells you about his art and illustrations as well as the authors he admires and the influences that inspire him to create every day.

Take a look at the materials you need, their characteristics, and how to use each one properly. Then, get an introduction to inking and see how it has evolved throughout history.

Continue with the technical aspects of illustration and learn how to create any portrait you have in mind. Study the primary muscle groups of the face to understand volume and see how to work with the value scale and key tonal values.

Now it's time to work on your project! Search for reference photos to create a sketch of your illustration and add complementary elements that bring out the identity and personality of the person you're portraying.

Once you've got a detailed outline, roll up your sleeves and start inking. Work outwards from the face to the surrounding objects, then emphasize specific details and add the finishing touches with watercolor, pencil, or a hint of color.

What is this course's project?

Illustrate an ink portrait using lines and dots.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers and illustrators, regardless of experience, who want to explore the art of portraiture as a dynamic form of expression.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is needed; this course is a thorough introduction to the technique, which you can use with any other drawing skills you already have.

As for materials, all you need are some basic drawing supplies like pencils, pens, markers or felt-tips, and an eraser.


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Leonardo Gauna

A course by Leonardo Gauna

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Leonardo Gauna is an illustrator with more than a decade of experience who lives in the city of La Plata, Argentina. He has illustrated for a variety of media outlets, institutions, agencies, and galleries, and has traveled across the world to present artistic and educational projects in cities like Tokyo, Toronto, Paris, Belo Horizonte, Prague, and Houston, among others.

In 2014, the publisher TASCHEN featured his work in the book Illustration Now 5! Leonardo has published 12 books and his latest is a collection of his illustrations. He currently teaches workshops and courses and does research on virtual reality, which was the topic of his thesis for his degree in fine arts from the La Plata National University.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Know your tools

    • Materials
    • Inking
  • U3

    What do you observe?

    • Face anatomy
    • Scale of values and tonal keys
    • Inking and scale of values
    • Volumes, lights and shadows
  • U4

    The strategy

    • Start the sketch: choose photo and initial line
    • Develop the sketch
    • Complement the portrait
  • U5


    • Inking the face
    • Ink peripheral objects
    • Hairs and details
    • A detail of color
    • To learn more
  • FP

    Final project

    • Ink Portraits with Lines and Dots

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Ink Portraits with Lines and Dots. Illustration course by Leonardo Gauna

Ink Portraits with Lines and Dots

A course by Leonardo Gauna
Illustrator. La Plata, Argentina.
Joined August 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 741 students