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“A portrait is a picture in which there is something not quite right about the mouth.”

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Of all the genres, portraiture must be the hardest. Mapping the features, rendering flesh tones and imbuing your sitter with one or two vital signs is challenging enough but then, make the mouth that little too wide or the nose too short and you’ve painted someone else! No wonder John Singer Sargent, that doyen of the society likeness, also said, “Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend.”

In this course, David guides you through the basics of portraiture and provides you with a checklist of all the things you’ll need to look out for, if you truly want to capture a likeness. Artists may make it look like magic, but it isn’t! All you need are the guidelines, plenty of patience and lots and lots of practice!

Topics will include:
  • portraits in pencil, charcoal and paint
  • the structure of the skull
  • the relative proportions and positions of the features
  • how to measure
  • common pitfalls and problems
  • depicting character
  • attributes of age
  • working with a light source and tonality
  • skin tones



Frome Cricket Club
The Showground
Frome BA11 2AH


Sessions: 10 x 2 hour sessions

Cost: 115.00 (includes hire of sitter)

David regrets that he cannot accept pro rata payments.

Please book online using a credit/debit card or PayPal. If you would like to book and pay by cheque please email David david@davidchandler.net for details.