In this 2 1/2 hour tutorial, Daniel will reveal his preferred materials and methods of drawing the portrait. Each mark made on the paper will be explained as Daniel provides a step by step process of capturing the character of his subject. The drawing will be developed slowly, focusing on gesture and simple shapes before modeling form. The drawing will be done from life, with a strong spot light on the model.

Bio: Daniel began his art education at the age of 8 under the tutelage of his father, the respected artist and educator, Semyon Bilmes. Being immersed in art from such an early age had a profound impact on his personal growth and creativity, laying a lasting foundation of curiosity that continues to drive and inform his work today. Daniel Bilmes is a contemporary painter, working in Los Angeles.

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Preview for Portrait Drawing with Daniel Bilmes.
Section 1
Portrait Drawing | Materials 00:07:00
In this introduction, Daniel discusses the materials being used in the tutorial.
Section 2
Portrait Drawing | Composition 00:22:00
Daniel will give you a walkthrough on how he begins a portrait. Adjustments will be made to the block-in as the shadow shapes are developed.
Section 3
Portrait Drawing | Finding Shapes 00:25:00
Precise edges and shapes will be developed and adjusted. Daniel will explain the differences between cast shadows and form shadows.
Section 4
Portrait Drawing | Adjusting Shapes 00:27:00
Specific shapes are adjusted to help capture the model’s character. The landmarks will be set before the forms are developed.
Section 5
Portrait Drawing | Form FREE 00:26:00
The white chalk will be applied softly for the highlights. The midtones will be added to develop form and increase the value range.
Section 6
Portrait Drawing | Focal Points 00:33:00
Daniel discusses his decision making process when creating focal points in a portrait. The hair and beard will be developed further.
Section 7
Portrait Drawing | Fully Developing the Focal Points 00:22:00
Daniel will commit to the focal points in the final stage of the drawing. Light and dark values will be added as the rest of the portrait is developed.

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