Portrait Sketch

Materials and Methods

session 1

June 5, 2021 – June 16, 2023



A strong portrait sketch celebrates the beauty and humanity of your subject with freshness, sensitivity, and lively detail. In this ten day workshop, artists will sketch from the live model, developing confidence in their drawing and painting skills through experimentation with a variety of traditional materials and an approach that emphasizes efficiency and organization. Patrick will guide artists with daily demonstrations and in-depth personal critiques through each stage of the process – from building a close likeness with accurate drawing, to color mixing, modeling form and finishing details. Cranial anatomy, materials, edge control, paint handling, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout each session. 

Patrick Byrnes

Patrick Byrnes


Each day of the workshop has a different theme and will include a short lecture, detailed demonstration, model sittings, and individual critiques. Mornings begin with a presentation of core concepts for each theme: graphite on white paper, charcoal and white chalk on toned paper, pen and ink, colored pencil, trois crayons, grisaille, color study, speed sketch, Zorn palette, and full open palette. Following the demonstration, participants will focus on developing their own drawings and paintings with the help of detailed one-on-one critiques. A selection of museum visits will offer a special opportunity to gain insight and inspiration from Rome’s rich trove of artworks, connecting our contemporary portrait practice to the great masters of the Italian Renaissance. 



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