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Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils

A course by Néstor Canavarro , Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined February 2018

Learn to illustrate by mastering volume, light, and shadows using a photograph

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  • 95% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 27906 students

Learn to illustrate by mastering volume, light, and shadows using a photograph

A course by Néstor Canavarro

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a graphic designer and making his debut as an illustrator the moment he learned to hold a pencil, Néstor Canavarro is a true master of realistic illustration with colored pencils.

Throughout his career his work has been featured in fields as diverse as publishing, advertising, and the textile industry. Nowadays, he observes the world and all its tiniest details, then recreates it on paper using a technique that, while imitating photography, is much more artisanal in style.

In this course, Néstor teaches you how to use colored pencils to draw hyperrealistic portraits in stunning detail. Discover some of the technical aspects of this type of illustration, learning to work with different materials and applications and paying special attention to the volume, light, and shadow of the human anatomy.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 13 downloads

Colored pencils
9 minutes, 49 seconds
The eye
18 minutes, 12 seconds
9 minutes, 20 seconds
The skin
15 minutes, 38 seconds
The hair
13 minutes, 27 seconds
Mouth and cheek
8 minutes, 2 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 95% positive reviews (1.2K)
  • 27906 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 58m)
  • 13 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a realistic portrait using only colored pencils and a photograph as a reference.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, cartoonists, designers, and anyone interested in advancing their illustration style with a more realistic technique.

Requirements and materials

A basic understanding of drawing is recommended. As for materials, you need colored pencils, fine-grain drawing paper (at least 150G/M), a kneaded eraser, and a graphite pencil.


27906 Students
1164 Reviews
95% Positive ratings
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Néstor Canavarro

A course by Néstor Canavarro

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Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Néstor Canavarro has spent more than three decades in the world of imagery, working first as a graphic designer and later as an illustrator. He went on to teach typography at the University of Buenos Aires from 1991 to 1999, then between 2002 and 2004 he was a teacher at the Escuela de Creativos Publicitarios. It is there that he currently works as a designer and illustrator, as well as running 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

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

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

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

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    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

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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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Realistic Portrait with Coloured Pencils. 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 (1.2K)
  • 27906 students