A group for people who draw or paint portraits.  Ask questions and share your favorite tips and techniques. 

Members: 289
Latest Activity: Aug 11


Hello and Welcome to the Portraits Group!


This is the place to share your portrait art and discuss all aspects of making portraits.


If you would like to share your portrait art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion by clicking the big blue "Add a Discussion" button at the bottom of the Discussion Forum section of this page.. You will likely get more views and replies if you start your own discussion.

If you would like a critique or want some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can start your own discussion by clicking here:

If you would like to share progress shots of your portrait art in its various stages, that's great too! Tutorials are welcome!

If you upload your art for critique or Show & Tell, please also tell us about the art: for instance, tell us the size, medium, what the piece means to you, etc. If you want a critique please also tell us what areas of the artwork you are unsure about and what you were trying to achieve (realism? expressionism? etc).

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to portraits and all aspects of making a portrait.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!

Discussion Forum

Recent charcoal portrait

Started by Merrie Kapron. Last reply by Merrie Kapron Jul 22. 6 Replies



Started by Wayne Llewellyn. Last reply by David Hawkes Jul 7. 5 Replies

Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone on here could help me with this minor task, because I am struggling. I am looking to recreate these grey tones, on Marvin Hagler, yet I am not sure of the amounts acrylic paint to mix and what color to start…READ MORE

Skin tones in oils

Started by Merrie Kapron. Last reply by Jeannine Beckman Jun 28. 2 Replies

This is my second portrait in oils. Skin tones are a challenge and I am open to comments/suggestions.…READ MORE

Self portraits

Started by Al L. Jones. Last reply by Jayne Somogy Jun 6. 3 Replies

Have you ever done yourself, and how hard was it? It's been said that a self portrait is one of the hardest portraits to do.Do you feel this is true?READ MORE

Self Portrait

Started by Liz Faust. Last reply by Helga O Feb 6. 10 Replies

I have the hanging up on my door at my university as a name tag. Done with a mechanical pencil. What do you guys think?…READ MORE

hopsin portrait

Started by Brennen Stotts Sep 26, 2013. 0 Replies

This is a picture I drew of rapper, Hopsin.  Feedback pleaseREAD MORE

hopsin portrait

Started by Brennen Stotts. Last reply by Cheri Homaee Sep 26, 2013. 1 Reply

This is a portrait of a rapper named Hopsin that I drew.  Let me know what you thinkREAD MORE

Oil Pastel Portrait

Started by Jade Ferrer Cultz. Last reply by Aileen McLeod Sep 2, 2013. 1 Reply

This is my first oil pastel painting  and I welcome any suggestions, comments or criticisms. Thank you! :)…READ MORE

Acrylic Painting- Madiba

Started by Carmelita Cornelius Sep 2, 2013. 0 Replies

I am still busy working on this. I am not a good painter and am kind of stuck because I don't know how else to give this flat painting some form. I know I should add tone and detail, but I have not established enough technique to execute the…READ MORE

Comment Wall


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Comment by Jayne Somogy on June 13, 2014 at 9:10am

This is a 4-pose portrait I just finished of my grandson, as a Father's Day gift for my son.  It is 9x12 done in pastel pencils.  I have done one other portrait, a self-portrait in pencil looking in a mirror, but first time I've attempted one of someone else (this was done from 4 photos I took). I am having sort of a struggle with whether a "photo-realism" result can be considered "art" or whether one should be trying to achieve a unique style.  I mean, why make it look exactly like a photograph when you already have the photograph--isn't the point to make it look like the person but identifiable as your work and no one else's?  I'm not sure, and I would welcome other opinions and discussion on this.  Picasso and Van Gogh are famous because they manipulated reality, not in spite of it.!

Comment by Pris Hardy on June 6, 2014 at 12:46pm

Laurel, try mixing in a bit of green to shade your lips.  It is opposite of red on the color wheel and will also help to tie the bright greens in the background in to the rest of the picture.  Good job with all of the portraits everyone!

Comment by Aileen McLeod on June 3, 2014 at 12:42am

Portrait of my daughter is incredible! Also loved the other submissions.

Comment by Tammi Urwin on June 2, 2014 at 7:24pm

One of my most recent drawings

Comment by kathleen a sidor on June 2, 2014 at 1:43pm

These are all so inspirational!! I have never tried portraits before and I want to do what these artists are doing!!

Comment by Tom Johnson on June 2, 2014 at 1:19pm

Absolutely awesome!

Comment by Trent humphreys on June 2, 2014 at 1:08pm

Portrait work of my daughter


Comment by Laurel on May 27, 2014 at 5:03pm

Portrait of my husband, Acrylic 14 x 17

Color of the lips kind of bothered me. Color did not quite work out as I thought.


Comment by Sandoz Driftwood on May 10, 2014 at 12:08am

Charcoal sketch of Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon from the show The Walking Dead.

Comment by Jim on April 2, 2014 at 7:21pm

Self portrait I did in pencil looking in the mirror


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