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Vibrant Portrait Drawing with Colored Pencils

A course by Gabriela Niko , Illustrator and Sketchbook Artist

Illustrator and Sketchbook Artist. Kraków, Poland.
Joined February 2021

Fill your sketchbook with colorful, semi-realistic portraits by exploring drawing techniques and experimenting with values, shades and contrast

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99% positive reviews (666)
28357 students
Audio: English, Turkish
English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Fill your sketchbook with colorful, semi-realistic portraits by exploring drawing techniques and experimenting with values, shades and contrast

Drawing with colored pencils allows you to explore unconventional combinations that capture the unique spirit of your subject. Artist Gabriela Niko mostly uses them to illustrate people – their beauty, diversity, expressions, and emotions. She works primarily on book illustrations, art commissions, and tutorials, and shares her knowledge with over 350K followers on Instagram.

In this online course, Gabriela teaches you how to illustrate semi-realistic portraits using colored pencils and a sketchbook. Draw a person’s face, based on a photograph, exploring fun color compositions to create unexpected works of art. Build an artful journal just as unique as you are!

This is Gabriela’s second Domestika course. In her first, Portrait Sketchbooking: Explore the Human Face, she teaches you the fundamentals of drawing facial features in detail with pencil.

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What will you learn in this online course?

21 lessons & 41 downloads

Materials and Mindset
10 minutes, 51 seconds
How to Use Colored Pencils
8 minutes, 31 seconds
The Basics of Color Theory
11 minutes, 0 seconds
Values and Contrast
3 minutes, 44 seconds
The Basics of Face Proportions 1
12 minutes, 34 seconds
The Basics of Face Proportions 2
10 minutes, 33 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (666)
  • 28357 students
  • 21 lessons (4h 8m)
  • 41 additional resources (18 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Turkish
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Illustrate a semi-realistic portrait in your sketchbook using colored pencils.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

The course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create captivating portraits using simple drawing tools.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, you will need art supplies including colored pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser, along with a smartphone and an editing app.


Reviews

28357 Students
666 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Gabriela Niko

A course by Gabriela Niko

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Illustrator and Sketchbook Artist

Gabriela Niko is a freelance artist based in Poland. Having grown up in a family of artists, her passion for drawing came at a very early age. She went on to study design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, and started her professional career in sports apparel design. After almost a decade of working in the clothing design industry, she decided to leave her position as a designer and pursue drawing full time in 2020.
Gabriela uses her social media platforms to share her work and has quickly gained recognition by amassing over 350K followers on Instagram. She is currently a brand ambassador for Paper Concept, a Polish art store, and has completed a number of commissioned works, including book illustrations, tattoos, and logo designs.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Materials and Color Theory

    • Materials and Mindset
    • How to Use Colored Pencils
    • The Basics of Color Theory
    • Values and Contrast
  • U3

    Head Structure, Face Features, and Hair

    • The Basics of Face Proportions 1
    • The Basics of Face Proportions 2
    • Face Features 1
    • Face Features 2
    • Face Features 3
    • Different Hairstyles 1
    • Different Hairstyles 2
  • U4

    Making the Portrait

    • Picking Good References
    • The Initial Sketch
    • The Base: Cool Shadows and Warm Highlights
    • The Hues of the Face
    • Layering Hues, Saturation and Values
    • Adding Details and Final Touches
  • U5

    Documenting and Sharing Your Work

    • Editing the Drawing
    • Sharing the Drawing and Creative Process
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vibrant Portrait Drawing with Colored Pencils

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    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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  • Get front-row seats

    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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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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Vibrant Portrait Drawing with Colored Pencils. Illustration course by Gabriela Niko Best seller

Vibrant Portrait Drawing with Colored Pencils

A course by Gabriela Niko
Illustrator and Sketchbook Artist. Kraków, Poland.
Joined February 2021
  • 99% positive reviews (666)
  • 28357 students