This class will focus the techniques
necessary to create realistic looking smooth skin texture on females and
babies. Students will learn the techniques necessary to render
the textures of smooth skin, eyes, lips, and hair, with graphite, carbon, charcoal, and various
blending techniques. Reference photos will be discussed in depth, and
students will learn how to identify and solve potential
problems. The class will culminate with everyone (including me) working
on the same portrait.
I will have examples of my some
of my work on display so you can see the degree depth and realism
that is possible using my techniques. The goal is to get your
work to have the same degree of realism and "pop".
This class will take
place the SpringHill Suites Austin / Round Rock which is located just
north of Austin, TX.
Portrait Drawing Workshop
J. D. Hillberry
April 25th - 27th
days, 9 AM to 4 PM
SpringHill Suites Austin Round Rock
2960 Hoppe Trail
Round Rock, Texas 78681
A special Group Rate of $102.00 is available for those that wish to stay at
the hotel. This hotel includes a complimentary breakfast,
indoor pool, hot tub, nearby restaurants,
and Carbon Pencils
$430.00 - Includes my new pencil kit
(Deposit of $215 will secure a spot)
Each student will receive one of my new Contrast and
Texture Drawing Kits
(A $49.99 value)
Handy pouch holds chamois, felt, erasers, etc.
|Stands like on easel
Elastic holds the pencils in place
|Band of pencils is removable
Velcro makes it Easy!
|Pencil band folds to stand up on its own.
Pouch for other supplies opens at the top
band forms a convenient pencil cup
For Pencils you are using most often
|Includes bonus DVD
showing how I use all these supplies.
The Kit Includes:
(9) Kimberly Graphite drawing Pencils (9h, 6h, 2h, f,
b, 4b, 6b, 8b)
The widest range of graphite to help with the subtle shading
necessary for realism.
(1) Kimberly Graphite (9xxb)
Special unique formula allows dark values with no graphite shine.
(3) Primo Euro Blend Charcoal Pencils (hb, b, 3b)
Smooth, Dark, Rich Charcoal for even darker areas and rougher
textures not possible with graphite.
(1) Primo Elite Grande Pencil
The darkest charcoal I've ever found. This pencil allows extreme
contrast to make your drawings "pop".
(1) General's Charcoal Pencil Extra Hard (2h)
The hardest charcoal I've ever found. Holds an extremely sharp point
without breaking or crumbling. Without this pencil, it would be
impossible to create the sharp focus realism I'm known for.
(1) Carbon Sketch Pencil (Soft)
Combines the smoothness of graphite with the deep rich blacks
of charcoal. The hardness is approximately 4B.
(1) Carbon (Hard)
This new pencil from General's can hold a sharper point than
the carbon sketch for
more precise details in carbon.
(1) Layout Pencil
Perfect for getting your basic values down. Easily erasable,
yet dark values are possible.
(2) Blending Stumps
High quality compressed paper stumps for blending graphite,
charcoal, and carbon.
Perfect for blending extremely small areas.
(1) Chamois Square
Used for very soft, smooth blending and shading. Also perfect for
(1) Felt Square
Used to create rougher textures through blending
(1) General's Kneaded Eraser
This eraser can be formed into any shape. Use it to keep your
drawings clean and highlights bright. I also use it to gently lighten areas to adjust
values and create textures.
(1) General's Factis Magic Black Eraser
This black eraser was formulated especially for charcoal. It does
not smudge, cuts a clean edge and won't harm the paper.
(1) Pen Style Vinyl Eraser
This is an extremely important erasing tool I use to "cut back" into
darker toned areas to make a clean white line. Excellent for rendering
hair, wood, fabric and many other textures. It's like drawing with
(1) General's Little Red All-Art Sharpener
The same sharpeners we use in my live drawing workshops.
sharpen charcoal, carbon, and graphite pencils without breaking and is able to
sharpen the fatter pencils like the Elite Grande and the Carbon
(1) Sandpaper Paddle
This is how I get my pencils to a needle sharp point when I need
sharp edges and precise detail. You can also use it to collect
charcoal or graphite powder to spread with one of the blenders.
You will also receive a supply of (10" x
Arches 140lbs HP Watercolor paper to complete your classroom
All these supplies are yours to keep and
will be waiting
for you when you arrive
If these dates work for you, please register early.
A 50% deposit
will secure your spot.
This class is sold out
to be placed on the waiting list, please email me at