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Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils

A course by Néstor Canavarro
Illustrator and graphic designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined February 2018
, Illustrator and graphic designer

Learn to illustrate by mastering volumes, lights and shadows of photography

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (721)
  • 16974 students
Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils

Learn to illustrate by mastering volumes, lights and shadows of photography

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 95% Positive reviews (721)
  • 16974 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 17 Lessons (2h 58m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

With a trajectory of more than 30 years as a graphic designer and debuting as a draftsman since he learned to hold a pencil, Néstor Canavarro has earned the title of master of realistic drawing with colored pencils. Throughout his career he has published his works in fields as diverse as publishing, advertising and the textile industry; nowadays he observes the world and its details and shapes them on paper using a technique that, although it imitates photography, carries it out in a much more traditional way.

In this course, Néstor will teach you how to use colored pencils to draw hyperrealistic portraits with a high degree of detail. You will discover some technical aspects of this type of illustration, learning to work with different materials and application modes, paying special attention to each volume, light and shadow that is reflected in the human anatomy.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Tools and techniques
  • U3
    U3. Areas of the face. Road to portrait
  • U4
    U4. The portrait
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start knowing the work of Néstor, who will also tell you about his influences and the artists that inspire him most.

Then he will talk about the materials, the types of pencils and the paper. It will make you an introduction to the technique of illustration with colored pencils, explaining the way in which he usually applies it to obtain different results.

It will teach you to face the typical shapes and folds of the face, to observe each of those parts to learn to replicate them with complete fidelity and detail on paper. Néstor will explain how to draw the set of elements that make up a face: the lips, eyes, skin, hair ... respecting and mitando the texture of each one of them.

Finally, applying everything learned during the lessons, you will face your first realistic portrait complete with colored pencils. Néstor has decided to take inspiration from a photo of Robert De Niro, but you can choose the image of the person you feel most comfortable portraying.

What is this course's project?

Taking a photograph as a reference, you will make a realistic portrait using only colored pencils.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators, draughtsmen, designers and in general, anyone interested in developing their style of drawing towards a more realistic technique.

What you need

It is advisable to have previous knowledge of drawing. With regard to the materials, you will need colored pencils, fine grain drawing paper of at least 150g, bread crumb rubber and graphite pencil.


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Néstor Canavarro

A course by Néstor Canavarro

Illustrator and graphic designer

He has been dedicated to the world of image for more than three decades, first working as a graphic designer and later as an illustrator. He has also had a strong approach to typography, coming to impart the subject of typography at the University of Buenos Aires from 1991 to 1999. Between 2002 and 2004 he was also a teacher at the School of Advertising Creatives. He currently works as a designer and illustrator and directs a drawing and illustration workshop in Buenos Aires.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Tools and techniques

    • Colored pencils
    • Papers
    • Other tools
    • Color pencil application techniques - Part 1
    • Application techniques of the color pencil - Part 2
  • U3

    Areas of the face. Road to portrait

    • The eye
    • Mouth
    • The skin
    • The hair
  • U4

    The portrait

    • Choice of the image
    • The look
    • Nose
    • Mouth and cheek
    • Face
    • Hair and background
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Realistic portrait with colored pencils

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Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils. A Illustration course by Néstor Canavarro Best Seller

Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils

A course by Néstor Canavarro
Illustrator and graphic designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined February 2018
  • 95% Positive reviews (721)
  • 16974 students