Illustration: Draw Digital Portraits

Digital painting is a kind of illustration which is great for developing your own style. Join our teacher Carlota in this new course where you’ll learn how to interpret portraits step by step and stamp your personality on them. Are you ready to make the most of your portraits? Don’t miss it out!

About the course

In this course, you'll learn how to add an extraordinary beauty to your portraits. As it is on digital illustration, we'll need a computer or laptop to follow all the steps throughout the course. 

Have you ever been asked to draw a portrait? This is the right time to do it and leave your relatives and friends speechless. What's more: you'll be able to give your portraits a personal and unique touch! To do this, we'll be learning about the skull's anatomy and all the parts it's composed of; we'll be also working with different facial expressions and the way we can interpret them when creating our portrait. 

What project are we going to develop?

At the end of the course, you'll be asked to carry out a project. This will consist of creating a personalized portrait, which can be of a friend, a relative or someone else you find on the Internet. Then, taking this portrait as a reference and using the tools provided by Photoshop, we're going to interpret it, that is, identify its main features, and then create our own portrait based on those characteristics. Later, we'll be coloring our portrait either using the same color palette of the reference image or creating a new one with up to five colors.  

What you'll learn

  • Facial anatomy
  • Interpreting and representing facial expressions
  • Turning real faces into cartoons
  • Basing our drawing on an existing color palette
  • Synthesizing the main elements of the illustration to get things done faster

Who is this course for? Requisites

This course is for people who want to say goodbye to the traditional techniques and learn a different way to make original portraits. We'll start with some basic concepts and, gradually, we'll be getting into more complex stuff. If you want to improve your style by giving it an original touch and learn some tips about coloring and facial expressions when drawing busts...go for it!

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Course Details

Beginner level 1h 1m 10 lessons 471 users


Adobe Photoshop Adobe Photoshop


Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal
Carlota Martinez-Pantoja Bernal Teacher

Carlota MPB, MONKEYBARK, illustrator. A fan of Disney Studios and Cartoon Network, she studied illustration for two years at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga, Spain. Before that, she started to learn how to draw of her own accord to try and follow her childhood dream of becoming an artist and specializing in character design. Although, she delves into other areas too, like concept art and animation, having recently collaborated in the latest video clip of the Spanish singer El Kanka.

To learn more, visit https://monkeybark.carbonmade.com/