Drawing Realistic Portrait Series [1 of 8] – Intro & Materials

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If you a beginner or intermediate who is interested in portrait drawing, then you are really going to love this.

In this video series I’m going to share with you a very different (but effective) approach to realistic portrait drawing called, “The Blended Pencil Method”.

What is “The Blended Pencil Method”?

It is a step-by-step system for drawing portrait from photographs.

It is designed specifically for beginner and intermediate artists and it focuses on the “3 Pillars of Portrait Drawing”

(I’ll tell you more about the 3 Pillars and the story of how I learned about The Blended Pencil Method a little later)

And because it focuses on these critical pillars, it will help you improve extremely quickly.

In fact, I used to really struggle with drawing realistic pencil portraits. But after I learned about and applied The Blending Pencil Method, my portraits became so much better I couldn’t believe I actually drew them.

It was pretty incredible how well and fast it worked. When I applied the Blended Pencil Method to my drawing for the first time, my portrait went from looking like this:

 

To this:

Anyway, the whole point of this video series is to teach you the basics of The Blended Pencil Method and to let you experience the improvement for yourself. I promise, if you stick with me through this series and do what I tell you, you will see a 10x improvement your drawing.

OK, I think I’ve wet your appetite enough.

Here’s the first video in the series. I’ll lay the foundation and tell you what you’ll need do to to prepare for the upcoming lessons.

(To download this video. Right click and select “Save As”)

Here is the reference photo we will be working with:

Click to enlarge

Make sure you try to draw it and create a “before” drawing so we can compare your improvement at the end of the video series.

Here’s the links to the materials mentioned in the video:

Regular paper

Mechanical Pencil

Regular Eraser

Tortillon (aka Blending Stumps)

That’s it for today, be sure to watch your email inbox and tune in to tomorrow’s video. I’ll tell you more about the 3 Pillars of Portrait Drawing.

Until next time, please “LIKE” this post and leave a comment below!

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231 Comments

  • Velvet

    Reply Reply October 22, 2016

    Thank you. I am really Looking forward to the classes.

  • Sabira Gopinath

    Reply Reply August 22, 2016

    Am ready with the material required and am raring to go. Many thanks.

  • Albert Molina Reyes

    Reply Reply August 16, 2016

    Hi everyone! Being an old (58 years) man trying to improve his life after some weird happening is really helpful.

    I like drawing and now I have the opportunity to do it.

    Let see how I go!

  • Paul

    Reply Reply July 13, 2016

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  • Christopher

    Reply Reply August 12, 2015

    thanks for the tips

  • John

    Reply Reply January 14, 2015

    I do not leave comments. But I just saw the entire 8 parts on youtube.

    Thank You.

    May you gift to instruct others grow and may you be richly compensated.

  • ahinzy

    Reply Reply November 30, 2014

    AM glad. I saw dis site

  • Connie

    Reply Reply November 4, 2014

    I can hardly wait for the next lesson

  • Alexa

    Reply Reply November 1, 2014

    This is so nice of you Sir Ethan! I really like the way you have teach me some things about this kind of art and I do hope that one day, I’ll be proud to say that I’ve been one of your students:-)

  • Sanhita

    Reply Reply October 28, 2014

    Hey Ethan,

    I’ve just about begun to follow your tutorials. Before I started looking up your website,I went through upteen videos on youtube but nothing was as convenient to learn as yours. Many thanks!

    Ethan, my question to you is how do I get proportions correct in my drawing? For example, if I had to draw a room then how do I get the furniture in proportion to the walls, walls in proportion to the people and the like? Could you guide me through this please! πŸ™‚

    Could you also let me know your email ID so I can write to you? It’ll be great to hear from you!

    Best,
    Sanhita
    (Howdy, from India!:))

  • Alhasan

    Reply Reply October 19, 2014

    hey >>> keep going u r the best >>ty for all videos

  • Jane

    Reply Reply September 27, 2014

    How do I get the before drawing to print?

    • Hi Jane,
      To print the picture, please just right click on the image and select “Print”.

    • Anonymous

      Reply Reply July 16, 2015

      Click on the eye..you should be able to see a prompt saying to save…save it and either print it or draw from your computer.

  • Kennedy

    Reply Reply September 25, 2014

    you have sparked my interest in art, although i never would have dreamed of being an artist i like to draw! thx

  • Rachel

    Reply Reply September 20, 2014

    I love all of your videos … i think you have an amazing way of explaining your tuturials!!
    im a HUGEEEEEEEEEEE fan !!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Paul

    Reply Reply September 3, 2014

    can’t wait to get started and try and improve

  • Shaban

    Reply Reply August 28, 2014

    Sir I would like to thank you because this is my childhood dream to become an artist. but i dont have the opportunity for this. and you give me that opportunity…. Thanks a lot

  • edward

    Reply Reply August 7, 2014

    THANKS EATHAN FOR THE FIRST VIDEO IM READY TO GET STARTED

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply August 4, 2014

    Thank you for your instructions and time.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply August 4, 2014

    Thank you Ethan.

  • Monireh

    Reply Reply July 30, 2014

    Thank you very much for your lesson. I am beginner for drawing but motivated. I am going to work hard to learn.
    Thanks again

  • Bruce Myers

    Reply Reply July 10, 2014

    Thank you Ethan for your lesson on the blended method .I haven’t received the second lesson yet I should love to talk with you about your other bonus lessons.your studen bruce

  • Bruce Myers

    Reply Reply July 9, 2014

    Thank you Ethan for being my portrait drawing instructor.I’m excited about improving my drawing skills.with your help thanks Brucle

  • Kyra Rose

    Reply Reply June 14, 2014

    This first video has inspired me to go out to my local art store and get all my supplies!!! I’m definitely looking forward to the future videos and improve my art! I’m only 13 years old, but I feel the need to master realistic drawing for art college πŸ™‚ Anyways, Thank you for your help!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply May 30, 2014

    Thank you for the lessons on how to draw it really helps

  • Shilex

    Reply Reply April 6, 2014

    Sir am verry greatful for help, but sir how do I draw a real portrait and then paint….the videos are amazing please send more I need more please sir, you are the boss sir. Thanks am from nigeria love you.

  • DiDi

    Reply Reply March 29, 2014

    please translat vedio by arbic
    (Ψ§Ω„ΨΉΨ±Ψ¨ΩŠΩ‡)

    To benefited

    thanx

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply March 23, 2014

    super excited to learn next lessons….

  • betsey smith

    Reply Reply March 3, 2014

    could you tell us what no. of pencil you are using when demonstrating….it would help me a lot as new to this, but lookig forward to seeing how I can progress…..

    • Hi Betsey,
      I use a 2B lead pencil. The 2B refers to the softness of the lead. The size of the lead itself is 0.5 mm lead.

  • jo adam

    Reply Reply February 25, 2014

    Thank you for your help

  • Viv

    Reply Reply February 18, 2014

    I wish you showed the process of drawing an actual portrait instead of just the eye for this series. But I still really liked it, especially the 5 elements of shading tutorial and the gridding method one. Also, for your portrait drawing time lapse videos, can you have a commentary so we know what your doing?
    Thanks, Viv

  • michael

    Reply Reply February 17, 2014

    hi Ethan

    Thank you for your videos, starting today i’m going to learn your turorials πŸ™‚

  • Miya

    Reply Reply February 13, 2014

    Haven’t recieved my next video and it’s the next day.

  • Eunice

    Reply Reply February 3, 2014

    Thank you, for taking the time to do these lessons. I’m so excited about them it’s helping me a great deal. Looking forward for the next days lesson.

  • dr acharya

    Reply Reply January 21, 2014

    Thank you sir

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 21, 2014

    Thank you sir great help.

  • Dorothea Schugart

    Reply Reply January 20, 2014

    TY so much for doing this i am 72 yrs young am excited on doing this i havent deawn since i was a kid so i love drawing so i hope i can do this with thes lesson because i won’t be able to but your set but ty yong man god bless you

  • Komail

    Reply Reply January 20, 2014

    Thank you

  • cindy

    Reply Reply January 13, 2014

    i been watching different kinds of drawing techniques coz i really want to improve my drawings..i just wonder if i can make it by self studying.. but anyways i will keep watching your videos..thank you

  • cindy

    Reply Reply January 13, 2014

    hope this would change my drawings…i just self studying

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 7, 2014

    it is really good tutorials. I really like and easy to understanding.

  • emma

    Reply Reply January 1, 2014

    thank you loads…you speak like you exactly know what am through . I just started your lectures and I hope I ‘ll tremendously improve not only in portraits but even in other drawings by applying your skills…eager to learn more!

  • Christina

    Reply Reply December 26, 2013

    Hello Ethan,

    Thank you for your lessons. I have a question – How soft or hard should be the pencils to get a good job?
    I thank you for your answer.

    • Hi Christina,
      It really depends on your style of drawing and preference. But it’s generally is a good idea to stay with in the medium range HB, 2B, etc. For these lessons, I used a 2B pencil and you can’t go wrong with that.

  • Kate Peluso

    Reply Reply December 13, 2013

    Great video, thank you for sharing and helping me to learn…

  • anil muktan

    Reply Reply December 9, 2013

    wating 4 tommoro……..cu tommoro

  • Negmuch

    Reply Reply December 1, 2013

    Great first video. I new to drawing so any help is appreciated

  • amal

    Reply Reply November 30, 2013

    i like it verry mitch its hellp me to know how to drawing

  • shone v.

    Reply Reply November 2, 2013

    this is very helpful to improve my drawing skills,thank you very very much

  • yonni coleman

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    I don’t know how to access my second lesson. I’m having too much trouble getting to it. I know I’m not the brightest star in the sky, so How can I access my second lesson, if I don’t know how to get to it. I’m very frustrated and I don’t like it. Tell my how to get to my lesson. Do I got tio You tube first, or do I just go to my e-mail to get to my second lesson. Yeah, I know, some people find computer easy, but somehow it frustrates me when I can’t get to a lesson. Yes, I paid, so I’ looking forward to learning more. Please help with clear instruction on how to get to my lessons. Please help me………………………..soon!!!!!!!!!
    Yonni

  • Sivil Ruskov

    Reply Reply October 30, 2013

    People should really appreciated your work , really nice start .Many Thanks , hope your tutorial will be helpful with my carrier as a tattoo artist .

  • nathalie

    Reply Reply October 26, 2013

    Hi Ethan, I am Nathalie from France (sorry for my unperfect English).
    Thank u so much for your tuto, it seems so easy to do and so exciting. I am painting and drawing and learn by myself but i really like to learn and understand photorealistic portrait drawing.
    I really enjoy to start my first lesson.
    Thank u for helping people in my case.
    merci

  • zinny

    Reply Reply October 17, 2013

    hi Ethan am off to buy the materials hope to enjoy this

  • Britannya

    Reply Reply October 14, 2013

    Its given me purpose as well as showing me I have a mind and how to use it for the good of world . I used to do oil paints till my accident wich has left me not been able to think or at times move from bed but this helps me a great world. I look at my emai ea day to see what’s new and how 2 use my hands and mind again.

  • Britannya

    Reply Reply October 14, 2013

    Thank u so much. I don’t have any money & cuz issues in life I have been a path of distruction till I found u. Art leads me to a path of construction for me and my 2girls. It gives us things to do together& a self fulfillment. God bless u. I hope to get more tutorials. We love ur work

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 20, 2013

      Thank you very much, Britannya! I’m so glad to hear that πŸ™‚

  • gehna baudinauth

    Reply Reply August 30, 2013

    hi…
    nice…
    can u suggest me wat i shud draw on the theme ‘ANCIENT AND MODERN’???
    i wanna something mature…
    please….!!!
    its urgent….

    • Rebekah Spring

      Reply Reply February 1, 2016

      Hi

      how about warfare it both modern and ancient

  • Chara Brown

    Reply Reply August 30, 2013

    Thank you so so so much for all the time and effort you put into this, you ask for nothing in return and I find that is so generous of you.
    THANK YOU!!!!

  • David Loewy

    Reply Reply August 29, 2013

    Hi
    My father showed me this trick many years ago. He rolled a piece of newspaper that had no print on it very tightly and then bent it double so you are holding the ends, and used this as a blending stump. Make it about 50mm -75 mm long before folding..

  • Roland Girouard

    Reply Reply August 28, 2013

    cool, let’s see what you got.Learning is always fun,Im down

  • Paula

    Reply Reply August 27, 2013

    I paint with acrylics but when it comes to drawing, I am a total beginner. I drew the “before” eyes and it was a very painful thing to do. It looks terrible. Can’t wait for the lessons for improvement πŸ™‚

    Paula

  • peggy blalock

    Reply Reply August 26, 2013

    WANTING ADDRESS TO MAIL MONEY ORDER FOR “DRAWIN REALISTIC PORTRAITS”
    HAD THE ADDRESS ONCE, BUT NOW NEED IT AGAIN (CAUSE I LOST IT OR GAVE IT TO SOMEONE?) THANKS. I LOVE YOUR TEACHINGS!!!!!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply August 29, 2013

      Hi Peggy,
      Thank you for your interest. I just sent you an email reply!

  • Kim

    Reply Reply August 18, 2013

    Your lessons have been very helpful. The way you explain things really helps understand things I didn’t before. I just wanted to Thank You for your lessons

  • Vincent Lo

    Reply Reply August 9, 2013

    Very good video and it’s very useful! Thank you very much ~3~

  • Briza

    Reply Reply August 8, 2013

    je ne parle pas anglais, si je pouvais avoir une traduction en franΓ§ais…. si c’est possible… j’aime beaucoup ce que vous faites. merci

  • Alejandro

    Reply Reply August 6, 2013

    muchas gracias por esta primera entrega.

    Saludos.

  • Guy prater

    Reply Reply July 28, 2013

    Seems easy and fun…. Very enjoyable. I dropped my Facebook months ago and don’t wish to reinstate it. Thanks. Looking forward to the next lesson, hopefully a challenging one.
    Guy

  • Billie

    Reply Reply July 18, 2013

    Thanks!!

  • Mnmn

    Reply Reply June 26, 2013

    You’re Awesome dude !!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    I like the way you teach.it’s interesting and helpful too.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply June 20, 2013

    I liked it.i am sure it will help.

  • Ali Shammoon

    Reply Reply June 3, 2013

    Hei Ethan,
    when will I receive second video?

  • Dilpreet Singh

    Reply Reply May 29, 2013

    Hi Ethan, Very good introductory video. Really liked. All set to start with the second video.

    Regards
    Dilpreet Singh

  • John Akosa

    Reply Reply May 26, 2013

    Thank you very much.

  • karla saliba

    Reply Reply May 26, 2013

    i really like that eye πŸ˜€ so real….will i get to draw like that? πŸ˜€ thnx so much for this vid

  • lonelyinsane

    Reply Reply May 14, 2013

    i love to learn drawings

  • royal_alnuaimi_f

    Reply Reply May 11, 2013

    please help me i dont no what to do

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply May 12, 2013

      Hi,
      I would be happy to. Could you please specify more closely what you need help with?

  • Thanks for offering this….I look forward to the lesson tomorrow.

  • Mimi

    Reply Reply April 25, 2013

    Thanks you so much! I can not wait until the next lesson. πŸ™‚

  • Ne'ama

    Reply Reply April 21, 2013

    Thank you very much
    I can’t wait until the next lesson

  • sally

    Reply Reply April 4, 2013

    Hi, very excited to start your tutorial..but what kind of pencils do i need? 2B? πŸ™‚

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply April 4, 2013

      Yes, a 2B pencil would be good. But really any pencil will do. In the videos, you’ll see me using a 2B lead pencil. Happy drawing! πŸ™‚

  • marnie69

    Reply Reply April 2, 2013

    I’ll get everything ready straight away πŸ™‚ can’t wait to start! Very helpful. Thank you

  • Onesimo

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    The video is simples and useful. Thank you for this video. Keep on in this way.

  • Anonymouss!!

    Reply Reply March 13, 2013

    This is a GREAT video!!!
    I was like how is this possible?
    I thought it was computer touched up or something!!
    Super helpful, and I suck at drawing so if it helped me, it’s helpful!!

  • Anonymus

    Reply Reply March 2, 2013

    Everybody that I know told me like that: “oh, you draw very well” but after i saw yoru drtawing, i thought WOW. You know thank you SO MUCH for helping people to draw, really man, i love you, who is gonna take part of your life to teach people how to draw like professionals. I’m really excited for tomorrow, i already done the draw of the eye, and I’m waiting to get better and better with your help. (Sorry if I commited any mistake, is because I’m Brazilian :P)

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply March 3, 2013

      You are very welcome! It’s comments like these that really gets me motivated to make more tutorials. Thank you!

  • Aykragh. E.

    Reply Reply February 26, 2013

    nice vid. The only problem is that my English sucks so i dont understand what is a Tortillon (sorry for my english)

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply March 3, 2013

      Hi Aykragh, a tortillon is just a piece of paper that’s been shaped into a pencil. They are also called “blending stumps” and you can find them at any art supply stores.

  • Ray

    Reply Reply February 22, 2013

    I have looked most of the drawing videos on you tube like yourself and found the information scant at best, but what I have seen from you so far makes more sense to me than all the rest. Thank you in anticipation of your next lesson. Regards Ray.

  • Nikki B

    Reply Reply February 21, 2013

    will i receive the daily emails at the same time each day? if so is there any way i can change this time?

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply February 22, 2013

      Hi Nikki,
      Sorry. Unfortunately, I don’t have control over what time the email goes out.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply February 10, 2013

    I’m so excited to improve my drawing skills!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Lisa Hare

    Reply Reply January 29, 2013

    Thanks for the videos Ethan, I have just watched the first one and it is very clear and informative. Really happy that you bother to include links to anything I might need or that you’ve mentioned in the video. Wish me luck!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 29, 2013

      Good luck! πŸ™‚ And thanks for watching.

  • Jennifer Northern

    Reply Reply January 25, 2013

    Question ?
    Wouldn’t you prefer to use a 2B-9B(for sketching and Drawing) pencil over the mechanic pencil which may bruise the paper?.

    I do appreciate your techniques to make my drawings realistic. Thanks so much.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 26, 2013

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, if you prefer, feel free to use a regular pencil (I would suggest the 2B. 9B is a bit too soft for my taste πŸ™‚ I personally use the mechanical pencil (and so I suggest it) but it’s definitely not written in stone. It all depends on your personal preference.

  • paul anderson

    Reply Reply January 25, 2013

    i am going to enjoy this,it will help a lot ty.

  • vishnu

    Reply Reply January 20, 2013

    hai, sir i am very happy to get u as my drawing tutor

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 15, 2013

    Ethan: Woah .. You are my New Mentor πŸ™‚

  • jemi

    Reply Reply January 15, 2013

    tell ya what i just sketch a girl on a cliff today with the dawning of the sun and i want to look it real so im graetful ive seen your tutorial…it really look cool…..shading and everything with pencil…….thanks!!!

  • jemi

    Reply Reply January 15, 2013

    i`m 20 and is a graduating art student but frankly im not satisfied with it so thanks for your lesson somehow i learnrned something …..

  • Serenay

    Reply Reply January 14, 2013

    ethan thanks for everything you are the best art teacher of world (sorry my english is really terrible:D )

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 14, 2013

      Thank you, Serenay. You’re so kind!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply January 14, 2013

    ethan ur really interesting but really good art teacher thanks for everything. πŸ˜€

  • akward_kid

    Reply Reply January 14, 2013

    i love the way you explain things so easily my art teacher is horrible at it.

  • Rahman

    Reply Reply January 13, 2013

    Thanks Ethan , very interesting.

  • Jeremy

    Reply Reply January 10, 2013

    I’m a type of artist were as I have all the necessary skills for drawing
    But need to bring them all together to further level my drawing talents. I greatly
    Look forward to these lessons.

  • Ray Wellings

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    Many thanks Ethan, it’s looking very interesting so far..

  • maria

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    I am so glad I found you, I had always looked for someone who would take the time to explain step by step how to sketch a realistic picture! but everyone seems to always be in a hurry to get their videos out there and their $$ in their pocket and forgets that art is something u feel an expression of many things, and feelings. I have an art degree of 3 yrs from a school I will not mention because they took my $$ and rushed everything I was so dissapointed I stoped drawing and then life happened,this happened when I was 17 today I am 41 and I love art and I want to start over!! I look forward to receiving your tutorials.. THANK YOU GOD BLESS

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 9, 2013

      Hi Maria,
      Thank you very much for sharing your story. Unfortunately, yours is not an uncommon situation. I think there are many fellow artists here who understand exactly how you feel. You are in the right place. Welcome and I hope you enjoy it here!

  • humberto

    Reply Reply January 6, 2013

    hey umm i went further on and drew the eye completely and not really color it i just shaded it in the spots that are neccessary and im a beginner but when it comes to drawing something i draw of whats infront of me drawing an eye was not that difficult for me and i also improved compared to the other eye drawings that i have i was having problems with shading but then when i saw this video i really did not know you can use a cutip as a shading tool thanks alot for the tutorial and looking forward to recieving more and challenging tutorials.oh by any chance is there a way that i can show the my drawing of the eye that you wanted us to draw i just want you to see if i am doing it right.

  • sebastian

    Reply Reply January 5, 2013

    what kind of pencil do i
    use

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 6, 2013

      Mechanical pencil with a 2B lead is what I use. But to be honest, any kind of pencil will do as long as you are using the right techniques.

  • Terry

    Reply Reply January 4, 2013

    Hi Ethan,

    They say the first steps are the hardest. I hope to progress from walking like a 10month old into an athlete.

  • sebastian

    Reply Reply January 4, 2013

    mine looks bad but it looks like a good drawer for a beginner do we just draw the eye or more stuff ?

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply January 4, 2013

      For now we will learn to draw the eyes and then move into other areas in future lessons.

  • Jorge

    Reply Reply December 30, 2012

    I was able to draw very good and I was 18 some how I lost my touch looking forward in getting them back with your lessons which are great

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply December 22, 2012

    this is really helpful

  • jim

    Reply Reply December 12, 2012

    l am just starting out. I all ways wanted to draw but did not know how to start. Your site looks like the place to start
    Thanks for your help. Jim

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply December 12, 2012

      You’re welcome, Jim! Getting started is 90% of the work. Great job!

  • Kaila

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    I have all of the materials needed. My drawing teacher bought each of us a blending stump:) yay but im excited for my drawings of people to look just a bit more real than the ones I draw now so thank you!:)

  • Kaila

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    I love drawing. I’m in highschool and alot of my electives are drawing classes and for 84 minutes all we do is draw still lifes and motion captures and listen to soft 80’s rock and some intrumentals all class! I love drawing eyes and hands:)<3

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply November 27, 2012

      Welcome to the site, Kaila! Hope the lessons helps you. Glad to hear that art classes are still available in school. You sound very passionate about drawing.

  • Anjyla Morrison

    Reply Reply November 26, 2012

    I am so ready to learn how to draw like a professional. I want to be a Graphic Art Designer but my drawings are amateur -___-. I have thousands of ideas and objects I “think” about drawing but when I put it on paper -___-, you don’t want to know. When I see other peoples work I envy it, because I want to draw just like it or even better. I have soo many art utensils like 5 different tortillions, 4h all the way to 8B graphite pencils, kneading eraser, gum eraser, regular erasers, paint brushes lol. I’VE LITERALLY TRIED EVERYTHING !!!! I try watching youtube videos and it’s either going super fast so I can’t understand what their fully sketching, or my sketches never turn out like theirs :(. Your videos are slow and easy to understand and comprehend. IM SO READY TO LEARN HOW TO DRAW and prepare for my career. XD

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply November 26, 2012

      Hi Anjyla,
      Awesome! I’m so glad to have you hear. Thank you for sharing your story.

      I know what you mean about the youtube videos. Many of them are just sped up recordings of someone drawings something with absolutely no explanation. Hopefully you’ll find these videos useful πŸ™‚

  • Vonny

    Reply Reply November 3, 2012

    well i’ll get started and hope i’ll improve, cause i’m getting nuts of my good idea’s but can’t get it on paper the way i want it, my technics needs improvements

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply November 4, 2012

      I can understand your frustration, Vonny. Been there myself πŸ™‚

  • thomas

    Reply Reply November 3, 2012

    i liked your first video. i’m really excited! i cant wait till tomorrow for the next video!!! i have to improve a lot since my aim is to become a fashion designer and drawing has a big role there…

  • akiraah

    Reply Reply October 30, 2012

    10/30/2012: Thank you for this tutorial. I will put every effort to apply what is being taught. I did the eye and it appears to look pretty good but I’m sure it can be even better with your guidance because a more realistic look in my drawings is my ultimate goal. Is there a way to show you the first lesson (eye) I did, to you?

  • Linda

    Reply Reply October 28, 2012

    Thank you for the oppratunity to enhance my skills. I appreciate that you take the time to show how to make the portrait drawing more enjoyable & life like.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 28, 2012

      It’s my honor, Linda!

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply October 25, 2012

    My eye looks like a cartoon. I tried so hard to make it look real, but making it as big as the reference picture that I printed out was hard to replicate!!!! I will keep trying until I get it right.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 25, 2012

      Exactly! That’s the perfect attitude.

  • puja...

    Reply Reply October 25, 2012

    my drawing is not that very good…. OMG
    my eye is like nothing…

  • Pearl

    Reply Reply October 24, 2012

    My drawing does not look anything like the reference photo, it is way off, truly it looks like I just threw something together lol. I tried

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 25, 2012

      Hi Pearl,
      No one starts out good. Even the best artist in the world struggled when he/she first starts out. The key is to make mistakes (lots of them) and then learn from them.

      You said it best – “I tried.” That’s the best anyone can do. Keep trying and you WILL get there.

  • Elizabeth

    Reply Reply October 20, 2012

    My eye looks like it fell in a toilet then a tiger chewed it up.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 20, 2012

      LOL. I like your sense of humor, Liz. And that you drew a before drawing. I think the future lessons will really help. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • ally

    Reply Reply October 20, 2012

    hello i like the first video i’m 13 years old and i’m pretty good at drawing but could learn way more i look forward to you next video and i can’t wait to improve

  • Paul Plumley

    Reply Reply October 19, 2012

    Good clear instructions on videos 1,2 and 3 so far. Like the course.

  • Kate Heger

    Reply Reply October 19, 2012

    Looking forward to improving my portraits drawing skills

  • Leo

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    Hi have been looking for a drawing cause for some time ,what I have seen so far, is very interesting you have my full attention, looking forward to the next lesson.

  • Richard

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    Different language but drawing don’t talk, it is my goal and I’ll make it. I will follow you as I can. Thanks. C’ant wait for the next lesson!!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 18, 2012

      Awesome attitude, Richard. You’ll do great.

  • PHILLIP HAND

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    great introduction

  • Gabriela Sodi

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    I love ypu lessons, I am not sure to buy this because I live in another Country.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 18, 2012

      Hi Gabriela,
      Thank you. I’m glad you are enjoying them. I appreciate the interest in the course. BTW, just to let you know, you can access the course just fine even if you live in another country. I designed it to be a virtual home study course, so no matter where you live, you’ll be able to learn as if you had a private tutor πŸ™‚

  • neera

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    Hi,I have been following DME for a while and got your e-mail, and I think I finally found the tutorial that I have been searching all this time.I am really interested in improving my skills.I love to learn…especially anything to do with art and drawing and also painting.I could never draw people or do portraits well.I do not know much about computers (as in your video you instructed to click some white button) Thanks for this opportunity and the video, as they are great help for the old women like me.Looking forward for your further lessons.Thanks.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 18, 2012

      Hi Neera,
      That’s awesome. I’m so glad I can help you. And thank you for the kind comment.

  • ronald

    Reply Reply October 18, 2012

    good lesson

  • Mary

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Cant wait for the next lesson!!

  • gwen

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    thank you ,i look forward to the lessons i am learning the computer so i dont know the light button to say i enjoyed it and look forward to learning thanks again gwen

  • Ginny

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Thank you for this website, I did chinapainting for a long time loved doing portraits and animals,
    our teacher became blind and classes stopped, I am 90 and this is a way for me to again have
    fun doing something I love in my own home, aren’t computers wonderful? Also can’t afford
    to go out and find someone to teach, your site will be a blessing to many of us out here, again
    THANK YOU! ginny

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      Hi Ginny,
      I’m sorry about your teacher. But I’m glad that you are still doing what you love.

      Yes, computer and the internet are amazing things. They make all of this possible.

      That’s exactly the reason why I started this site, to help people who want to learn but can’t for some reason.

  • behzad

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    thanks, you make it look easy. waiting for further lessons.

  • mercedes ivy

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    hi ethan thank u for your video i really enjoyed it

    i am studying interior design my drawing totally sucks please help me with my drawing skills

    send me links and instructions to start with

    thank u

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      Hi Mercedes,
      I sure will. Interior design. I think you would really like some lessons on perspective.

  • Linda

    Reply Reply October 17, 2012

    Thank you so much for this gift. I just finished a class on portraits in my oil painting class but I think this is going to be a lot more informative. Looking forward to the future lessons.

  • Jean

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Thank you so much!!!. I will be following this tutorial everyday.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      Thank you, Jean. I love to hear that.

  • kathy

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    This is so nice of you to do this..
    I love to learn……….especially anything to do with
    art and drawing. I never could draw people or do portraits well at all.very well.
    Thank you for this opportunityto learn.

    Kathy.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      You’re very welcome, Kathy.

  • Faye

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    Thank you for your first lesson. I am just learning how to do portraits and will find your course very interesting and helpful. I look forward to future videos.

  • Les

    Reply Reply October 16, 2012

    I have been following Drawing Made Easy for a while and i got your email. So i thought i would have a look, I found it very good. I think it will help me because a friend ask me to paint a picture of her baby daughter, i have a pretty good idea about portrait drawing but i need some more instruction, so i am going to give this a go and see where it takes me.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 16, 2012

      Hi Les,
      Good to see you hear. I think you’re really going to like the upcoming lessons.

  • Romie Jay Eque

    Reply Reply October 8, 2012

    hello sir!. i think i have finally found the tutorial that i have been searching all this time.. i am really interested on improving my drawing skills…by the way are you on facebook? πŸ™‚ pls add me as friend so that i can(maybe perhaps) show you my recent drawings and you might give me some advices… i can really relate to your past experience of feeling depressed for drawing awful portraits haha because i often experience it too XD

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply October 9, 2012

      Hi Romie,
      Thank you. I’m glad you like the videos. Yes, we do have a Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/MyDrawingTutorials You can “like” the page to become a fan and we can stay in touch. Also, you can send me your drawings and support(at)mydrawingtutorials.com and I will be happy to look at them. Thanks for stopping by!

  • jenny paz

    Reply Reply October 8, 2012

    Espero tomra todos los apuntes posibles, me parece maravilloso la destreza de sus manos, estaremos pendientes de sus indicaciones, desde hace mucho tiempo he estado practicando y quiero hacerlo ahora a tiempo completo

  • Deborah Duffield

    Reply Reply September 28, 2012

    Excited about starting these tutorials! I like your work, viewed your work on a woman’s eye on youTube. I have been drawing fulltime since 1997 and have always had difficulty with “human” portraits, getting a likeness, etc. I have mostly done animals in graphite and colored pencil.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 28, 2012

      Hi Deborah,
      I saw your animal portraits on your site. They look beautiful! You are a real pro. Really excited to have you join us.

      (BTW, I’m really sorry about your lost. My deepest sympathy.)

      Ethan

  • Alysa

    Reply Reply September 24, 2012

    I have a Question about Fur on animals? I can’t draw People very well so I draw animals. Do you have any tips on how to draw Fur?

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 28, 2012

      Hi Alysa,
      I will be sure to address that topic when I start working on a course on drawing animals. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Thanos

    Reply Reply September 22, 2012

    hi there, i’ve been watching some of your videos on youtube, great job i feel these lessons will help me improve my portaits. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for next lessons.

  • apiz

    Reply Reply September 21, 2012

    something nice to learn..excited!! yeahh

  • Sabina

    Reply Reply September 20, 2012

    I am from Romania, thank you for these tutorials .I’ll take all your lesson.Its seem to be interesting.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 21, 2012

      Thank you, Sabina.

  • Sarah O.

    Reply Reply September 20, 2012

    I have been watching your videos! I think they will help me tremendously! I wish you could help me with some other techniques as well… I was wondering where you are from? I can hear your accent πŸ™‚

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 21, 2012

      πŸ™‚ You have a good ear, Sarah! I’m originally from Vietname. My family came to America when I was 9. Where are you from?

  • Joaquin a perez

    Reply Reply September 15, 2012

    Muy bueno me agrado mucho very very good thank you

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 16, 2012

      You’re very welcome!

  • Timonthy

    Reply Reply September 15, 2012

    Hi!
    I’m from Viet Nam ( my english not so well, sr ).
    I want to ask you about tortillion, i can’t find any in where i live, so i wonder if i can use the..pink stick (sr, i dont know what it call) to blend… Thank you! And the videos is great!!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 15, 2012

      Hi Timonthy,
      I’m assuming that by “pink stick” you mean Q-Tips. (Just to make sure we’re on the same page, those are the little plastic sticks with a small ball of cotton on each end and you use them to clean out your ears after a shower) If we’re both talking about the same thing then… yes, you can absolutely use them. That’s the next best thing.

      Thanks for the question, Timonthy. Hope that helped. Glad to see I have a friend in Vietnam πŸ™‚

  • Maryann O

    Reply Reply September 12, 2012

    I only started drawing this week, and my eye looked really good. Thank you.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 13, 2012

      Awesome! Glad to hear you are seeing improvements so quickly, MaryAnn.

  • Jana

    Reply Reply September 11, 2012

    Hi!

    Thank you for the great video! I really enjoyed watching it, and I am looking forward to the next one πŸ™‚
    I sent the link to this course to my friend who – I believe – will love to do this, too.

    Jana

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 11, 2012

      Hi Jana,
      That’s great. Thank you for spreading the word. You rock!

  • Celia Bethney

    Reply Reply September 10, 2012

    Hi. Just a note to say that I have a 16 year old friend in an orphanage in Nepal who is interested in learning more about drawing. I am going to forward this email to him. I am sending him a laptop at the moment which I know he will enjoy using to watch your videos.
    Celia

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Hi Celia,
      Thank you for recommending my videos. I’m very honored. I will do my best to provide more great content your you, your friend, and everyone in our little “club” here. Thanks a lot!

  • Dana

    Reply Reply September 10, 2012

    thanks I really enjoyed the video. am looking forward to seeing and learning from the rest.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Thank you, Dana. Glad to have you here!

  • Patricia Ward

    Reply Reply September 10, 2012

    well just joined your lessons in drawing being retired now I want to draw portraits of my grandchildren

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for joining us. I think you’ll really like it here. I’m planning on creating some tutorials on drawing toddlers and baby portraits in the future.

  • Mary

    Reply Reply September 10, 2012

    Thank you for the email. I am looking forward to following the whole series. You were reccomended by our local art teacher who found you on the internet

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Hi Mary,
      Welcome to the community. Very glad to have you here. Please thank your art teacher for helping spread the word. That’s amazing!

  • malcolm haynes

    Reply Reply September 9, 2012

    Thank you for the videos , they are a great help , for an old man like me, Not so much the grid method , but the blending and shading , please state the lead hardness in your mechanical pencil . I am now on 4th video , should have commented then , but I keep going back to refresh . look forward to the rest of the videos , Malcolm Haynes

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Hi Malcolm,
      The hardness of the lead I use is 2B, but HB would do just as well. Thanks for the question and comment.

  • Hazel Clayton

    Reply Reply September 9, 2012

    I received video 1 then it jumped the next day to 4 – 8. Can you send me 2 & 3. Thanks

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 10, 2012

      Sure thing, Hazel.

  • Hazel Clayton

    Reply Reply September 8, 2012

    Look foreward to seeing the next e-mail.Thanks Hazel

  • Cathy

    Reply Reply September 8, 2012

    Like. Thank you.

  • Joyce

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    Looking forward to more

  • tony bawden

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    nice begining,continue in this vein plse.having folled your tutorials for some time now I can say and see improvement in my work.Thank you

  • sue holland

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    thanks, liking this already and looking forward to the rest of the videos

  • oliviathefirst

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    I’m eager to see your work.
    You have a pleasant voice.
    Seeyatomorrow, o.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      lol, I’ve always been a bit self conscious of my voice. Thanks you for the nice comment πŸ™‚

  • Ramani Sekar

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    This is an excellent tutorial. It will help our girls(not for profit organisation)to become better in the protrait drawing. This website has helped them a lot.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      Wow, I had no idea. That definitely will give me motivation to work harder on future tutorials knowing that it’s help your school. Thanks for watching!

  • Jatin

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    Hope to improve my drawings with the guidance of the course. Looking forward. Thanks.

  • mansoor

    Reply Reply September 6, 2012

    Many many thanks for sending me this video. It is great job you are doing and will be very helpful for people like me who are just starting and want to do this sort of work with perfection. I am eagerly waiting for your next video. Many thanks again and best regards

  • Penelope Uffindell

    Reply Reply September 5, 2012

    Always open to learn different and especially better drawing skills.I have completed the asignment for today and looking forward to tomorows.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      Great! I love to see someone who like to take action. I think you’re going to see a lot of progress over the upcoming lessons. Thanks for watching and keep up the great work.

  • Kaye

    Reply Reply September 5, 2012

    I am so happy I found your site. looking forward to learn lots . heheheh. I know I will.Glad to see the tools I will need too. Thanks !!!

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      Thanks Kaye. I’m glad to have you here.

  • george macgregor

    Reply Reply September 5, 2012

    like

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      Thanks for the LIKE, George! πŸ™‚

  • john bentley

    Reply Reply September 5, 2012

    the tutorial is very nice

  • Carol Marshall

    Reply Reply September 5, 2012

    Thank you for the great instructions and videos.
    My drawing has greatly improved and your techniques are
    easy to understand and practice with.
    Thanks for offering your expertise to others.

    • Ethan [My Drawing Tutorials]

      Reply Reply September 6, 2012

      Thanks you for the feedback, Carol. I’m glad you like them.

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