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Realistic Portrait Drawing Workshop

Combine a fantastic learning experience with the
breathtaking beauty of 

Maui, Hawaii

(Not to mention the warm weather)

March  1st - 3rd, 2013

Photos from Maui 2012

 Don't miss out on this
extraordinary opportunity!

Scroll down for more information and the
Registration Link


Workshop Location, Lodging and Transportation

The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is located in Upcountry Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. It is about 15 minutes from the Maui airport (OGG) and about a minute from Makawao.  Students are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. There are some bed & breakfasts, inns and rental cottages about 10 - 15 minutes from the workshop in Paia and Haiku that are very reasonably priced. A good way find lodging go to www.vrbo.com (Vacation Rental By Owner). There are a few that would be less per night than if you came to Colorado for a class and stayed at the usual workshop hotel.

Airfare can be quite reasonable, considering where you are going. A great place to get a good deal on airfare is Priceline.com. The travel costs aren't much more than if you were planning on traveling to Colorado for one of my classes. As long as you are flying, it might as well be to a fantastic location!

The Hui is the leading visual arts education resource center on Maui. Its 25-acre historic estate houses art studios, gallery & exhibition spaces, gift shop, classroom spaces and administrative offices on formally landscaped grounds.

It is a gathering place and a focal point for the visual arts and the Maui community. Open to residents and visitors alike, Hui No‘eau provides exposure to the richness of the arts of Hawaii. Its serene location, bustling studios, contemporary and historic exhibitions, and friendly and enthusiastic artists combine to foster creative potential.

Click HERE to see more photos of my last trip to this beautiful location:

Workshop Synopsis: 

After learning the basics, many pencil artists seem to stall out and are left wondering how to make their drawing more life-like. Instruction books may help but nothing compares with taking drawing lessons from an experienced professional artist. 

No matter what your subject, adding texture and contrast will also add depth and realism to your drawings. These three day workshops are for artists that wish to learn techniques that will take their drawing to a new level of realism regardless of their current abilities. The emphasis will be on advanced shading and texture techniques using graphite, carbon, charcoal and various blending and masking techniques. Along with textures, the focus of this class will be on increasing contrast and employing a wide range of values to help produce volume and depth.

Examples of the instructor's work will be available for close scrutiny, and questions about specific techniques will be answered and demonstrated. The goal is to get your work to have the same degree of realism and "pop".  Students are also encouraged to bring previous work in all stages of completion for constructive critique. The supplies are included to insure that everyone will be using the exact same pencils, paper, etc. Detailed demonstrations with hands-on instruction will guide each student as to their particular use.

Class size is limited to maximize individual attention. The instructors drawing board has an attached camera that is fed to a projection screen so the class can easily see the detail of the demonstrations. Click here to see photos of a workshop in progress.

Course Description: 
Realistic Portraits (Smooth Skin)

Students of this three-day workshop will explore new methods for rendering realistic portraits. The focus of this workshop will be on the shading and texturing techniques used to create the smooth skin textures of females and babies. These are very different techniques than I use for rougher skin portraits. Eyes, skin, lips, hair and clothing all have distinctively different textures. Students will learn the techniques necessary to render these textures realistically.  Reference photos will be discussed in depth. Students will learn how to identify and solve potential problems, as well as techniques to get the correct proportions down on the paper from the beginning. The lesson will culminate with everyone working on the same portrait. A reference photo and the basic outline of the final project will be supplied, so that students can concentrate on the fun part of the drawing process with emphasis on shading, texturing, and making the portrait come to life.

 Class Details

Class Name:

Realistic Portrait Drawing Techniques with Visiting Artist J.D. Hillberry



March 1st - March 3rd, 2013
3 days, 9 AM to 4 PM

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
2841 Baldwin Avenue
Makawao, Hawaii 96768
(808) 572-6560

Primary Media:

Charcoal, Graphite and Carbon Pencils



These prices reflect the $25.00 supply fee)

Joining Member - $385.00 
This is the lowest price if you are not a current member of the Hui Arts Center because when you join, it will save you 20% on the tuition. It includes a $45.00 membership to the Hui Arts Center and other discounts. (Make sure you click on the Become a Member link while registering to get this discounted price) Here is a link that explains membership benefits:

Current Member - $340 
This is the price if you are already a member of the Hui Arts Center.

Non Member - $419
This is the price if you wish to attend the workshop but not to join the Arts Center.

Included Supplies (Yours to keep)


* The tuition prices above include all the supplies listed below *

  • 4 sheets of Arches 140lbs HP Watercolor paper (11" x 15")
  • 6 Premium Kimberly Graphite Pencils(2h, f, b, 4b, 6b, 9xxb)
  • 1 Primo Euro Blend Generals Charcoal Pencils (b)
  • 1 Generals Charcoal Pencil (2h extra hard)
  • 1 Generals Carbon Sketch Pencil (soft)
  • 1 Tuff Stuff Eraser Pen
  • 1  Kneaded Eraser
  • 1 Blue Tac (for erasing)  
  • 2 Medium Blending Stump
  • 2 Small Tortillions
  • 1 Chamois (for blending)
  • 1 White felt pad (for blending)
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 Sand paper (for sharpening pencils)
  • Class hand-out including detailed instructions and photos outlining the techniques taught in class.


Maximum Class Size:

20 Students

I expect this class to fill quickly. If these dates work for you, please register early. 

The Art Center in Maui is handling the registration for this class. Click the link below for more information about the class and to register on line. Then, scroll down on that page and select
"Realistic Portrait Drawing Techniques with Visiting Artist J.D. Hillberry" 

You can also register by phone at: (808) 572-6560
(Remember, they are on Hawaii time)

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Comments from Previous Workshop Students:

"Many people can paint or draw exceptionally well – but most of them are not equipped to teach. This was not the case with J. D. – presented a very well thought out program – very easy to understand."

"Great course, lots learned in short time – will improve my portrait drawing. I will sign up for additional classes"

"Having taken art classes in drawing, this is by far the best instruction I’ve ever had. This was a first class affair! From start to finish. It is sad for the people who missed it."

"J.D. is very thorough and has a very good way of explaining things in an informal - relaxed atmosphere."

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