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Portrait tutorials, references, and links to be updated here. Suggestions are appreciated!

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Hospital Index
General Human Anatomy Tutorials Section
Hands and Feet Tutorials Section

DA Stock Accounts:

Clubs or Other Sites:

:gallery: Andrew Loomis PDFs courtesy of [ p l a c i d c h a o s / A M ]
Drawing the Head & Hands

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-Detailed Flash references and animations of facial muscles. Available in both Spanish and English.

:gallery: **** - [About]
-A portrait art tutorial site, with lessons on sketching and drawing faces, tutorials on digital art, an overview of art and drawing techniques, art supplies, book recommendations, anatomy, and much more:

How to Draw the Face:

Drawing Lips:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4,

Drawing Profiles:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Face Structure:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Drawing the Nose:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Drawing the Eyes:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6

How to Draw Hair:
Page 1, Page 2

Portrait Sketchbook
Don't Do That!


Color Theory Tutorial:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6

Portrait Colors and Color Formulas

Colored Pencil Tutorial:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Portrait Art Basics:

Drawing for Newbies:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

Rendering and Shading:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Shading Explained:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5

Art Supplies:
Pencils and Paper
Alkyds & Oils
Digital Art

Drawing Techniques:
Page 1, Page 2

Portrait Drawing Tips

Step-by-Step Portrait:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Realistic Pencil Portrait

Attitudes and Inspiration:
Drawing for Newbies
Attitude and Self-Esteem
Snobs and Cretins
Tracing, Grids, Etc.
Accept the Fact...
Too Old?
Art Education
Dare to be Shameless

Anatomy, Digital Art, and Misc.
Human Proportions
Becoming Web-Ready
Neck and Shoulders

Gesture Drawing:
Page 1, Page 2

Figure Drawings:
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Anatomy Books
PhotoShop Books
Digital Portrait Art

:gallery: **** Polykarbon Tutorials:
-Anime style anatomy and general tutorials, including the following:

The Basic Female Head/Front View
Front View Simplified
The Basic Female Head/Profile
Profile Simplified
The 3/4 View Female Head
3/4 View Simplified

The Male Head

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-Anime/Manga style anatomy tutorials.

Heads: Face, Eyes, Mouth
Hair Tutorial
Female Faces Tutorial
Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Ears

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-Drawing & Painting Life Portraits...
1: Introduction
2: More Profile Drawing
3: Drawing Heads, Frontal View
4: More on Drawing Eyes
5: Drawing the Nose
6: Drawing the Mouth and Ears

:gallery: **** Zips demonstration downloads from
Head and Head Proportions
Features: Eyes, Ear, Nose, Lips

Female: Face

Individual Tutorials:

General Portrait

Profile Drawing Exercise by CaliforniaClipper
-How to approach the daunting task of drawing the human face in profile. The good news is, you can do it! You just need to start with three simple lines. The bad news is, that art store you frequent is going to get even more of your money...

InvaderDemeter's Handy Tips for Profiles by InvaderDemeter
-Some people, I've seen, need some help with profiles. So I made a tutorial. This tutorial isn't intended for absolute beginners, instead it's for people with a modicum of skill. At the very least.

Facial Expression

***** Emotions and Facial Expression by Cedarseed
-A guide to the variety of emotions the human face can express.

Facial Expressions Tutorial by Genolover
-Yep, this is a tutorial on how to do facial expressions. I love drawing faces and stuff, cuz I am an emotional person *bricked* Nah, just summin' I really enjoy doing, is all.

Expression tutorial by alexds1
-Another tutorial, this time on how to do some facial expressions.

25 Essential Expressions by napalmnacey
-This is a challenge and an exercise that I find incredibly helpful when hashing out a new character. It's good to have nearby when doing your panels and you're thinking, "Damn, what does So-and-so's nose do in this expression?" Or maybe your drawing isn't consistent and you want to keep a certain look? Catalogue them on this sheet first and keep it nearby for easy reference!

Facial Features


Tutorial: how to draw male eyes by Cataclysm-X
-How to draw male eyes that is! Since there are many differences between to male eye and the female eye, I chose to create a tutorial about the male eye only. I will do the female eye someday as well.


***** Draw the Ear at


Drawing Children - Face Proportions at
-Tips on Drawing Children's Faces. For a portrait artist, drawing a child's face is particularly challenging, but also rewarding.

Drawing Babies Video by Sycra
-How to draw a baby head.


**** Hair Tutorial - Sunkissed by Viviminu

***** How to Draw Super Deformed Hair Tutorial: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Seh Hui "Felix" Leong
-A great tutorial on drawing hair in any style, especially superdeformed anime.

***** Drawing Anime Hair: Bangs Tutorial by Crysa
-Learn how to draw anime bangs with this basic anime hair tutorial. Very helpful.

**** A Guide to Drawing Hair Curls by Keysha-chan
-Learn how to draw curly hair with this basic curly hair tutorial. Quite helpful.

Curly Hair Tutorial Part 1 and Part 2 by Valendra
-This is a short walkthrough about hair curls.

Curly Hair Tutorial by SinisterSilence
-A short curly hair tutorial. Done on Shii Painter.

Curl Hair Tutorial by Portrait-Artists
-How to shade curly hair (digital).

+ How to Paint Anime-Styled Hair by getty
-This is targeted for those who have trouble painting anime-style hair.

Hospital Index
General Human Anatomy Tutorials Section
Hands and Feet Tutorials Section
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Carolina22 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Thank you so much for all the information! Very helpful!
Nahemia Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Your references compilations are very useful ;)
OVee91 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really dig this painting. Great job.
prechoco Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you for taking so much of your time to give us all those links. You're a life-saver! :)
ttimemachine Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How useful! Thank you!
JamieT1234 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Artist
Seabit Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Syntesys Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! it's really helpful! :hug:
X-Angel-13 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh thank god for you. thank you for compiling this.
hardleydavidson Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thank you so very much...answers a lot of questions for me..
Dragonis-Tay-Tay Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Great resource sooo glad I found this!!
UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome :D
vdevillalba Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
This is amazing. Great job!
barbarasrica Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, thank you very much, it's extremely helpful
marcelosgc Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Awesome.. =D
alegnairam Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!!
lordportico Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Oh My G! Thank u for this.
Prophetella Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this reference collection! It means a lot to this writer who CANNOT draw to have possibilities of hope!
Esteryn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
great painting, very impressive
popcorn-pops Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Filmographer
Sooo many references. Thank you SO much.
Sortoftalented Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
This should push me in the right direction! :D I've felt like my art has become fairly stagnant recently.
DelilahSangria Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow!!! :wow: This really REALLY helps me with my portraits. I've been needing to practice them. This will really help me to improve my portraits. Thanks SO much! :hug%Pr
SRStewart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
:D! awesome thankkkks!
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
koropochi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
thanks man, :)
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:handshake: You're welcome!
destinysight Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
geeze gotta love you!
Been searching for this and it's even more than I needed! :D
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:highfive: Thank you, the love keeps us going =)
orange-mushroom Featured By Owner May 3, 2009

epicness *.*
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner May 4, 2009

Thanks a lot :aww:
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009

Checked for broken links 4/29/'09.
megantoy Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so muchhhh!
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
SRudy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing :D im lost between links :P which one first? :P
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
lol starting anywhere is better than starting nowhere =)
SRudy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe yh right :aww:
sweet! This is so helpful. :)
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:highfive: Thanks for letting us know. =)
OtakuGirl16 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
:worship: Thank you, thank you, thank you
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
:iconcaliforniaclipper: :floating: so glad it helps! :aww:
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist
So much useful info! So abundant! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! That's just what I needed!
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
:handshake: You're very welcome. =)
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist
Thanks! :)
I'll also like to say that I think this Library Reference is the MOTHER OF ALL TUTORIALS one should have in his faves and even under the pillow! :D
I feel better knowing there's such compilation of tutorials. :greetings:
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
lol that's a really interesting description. Thanks for the compliments =)
Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist
That is how things are. :)
Besides, I don't think I'll sleep soundly at nights without letting you in on what I think about it. ;)
vaiya Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a great reference! Though, you wouldn't happen to know where to find a tutorial on drawing different kinds of faces, would you? (African, Chinese, Native American, and that kind of thing) It's be great if there were a tutorial on the differences between them.
kutyus-REX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, I've been looking for one for a while... could really put it to use right now because my entry to a school competition has an African girl in it -__- I'm doomed.
ArtistsHospital Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:iconcaliforniaclipper: Check ^Cedarseed's tutorials, I think she has a few on the different body types/ethnicities and that might extend to faces.

If you're lucky enough to live in an ethnically diverse area, you can learn a lot from doing portrait gestures of the people on the bus/transit system -- I think this is one of the best ways to learn, because even the generalizations ("Asians have subtle features and slanted eyes") have exceptions and lots of variation.
Weird-Oddball-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
:iconcedarseed: has some tutorials for drawing different races. [link] [link] [link]
vaiya Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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