Expressive Portrait Drawing with Oliver Sin (June 2022)


  • Expressive Portrait Drawing with Oliver Sin (June 2022)
    June 18, 2022 - June 20, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Expressive Portrait Drawing

In this workshop, students will learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture drawing from live models. This workshop focuses on creating competent portrait drawings, with step by step demonstrations to help you understand the structure of the face in terms of shapes, plane changes, and value by using lines and value rendering.

Who is the tutor?
Oliver Sin is an alumnus from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, with a BFA in Illustration. After graduation, he began his professional art career as a computer game concept artist at LucasArts. Since 2001, he works as an art professor for the School of Fine Arts and 2D Animation. He has over 20 years of professional teaching experience.

Since 2011, Oliver has been lucky enough to come across a few distinguished contemporary artists as mentors; ZhaoMing Wu, Henry Yan, and Chung-Wei Chien. Their tireless guidance urged him to put greater efforts into capturing fleeting human expressions and paying more attention to precise composition in figurative portraits.  Oliver’s first art book, “Drawing the Head for Artists” is published by the Rockport publisher in 2019 and the Spanish version was released in June 2021. Two of his portraits were commissioned and featured on the cover of the Time Magazine as part of their “100 Women of the Year” project, March 2020 issue. Vine charcoal portrait of his dad won the First Place Drawing and People’s Choice Awards of the International Portrait Society’s portrait competition out of 2660 international entries on May 8, 2021. To see more of his work, visit his Instagram.

What is the structure of the course?
On day 1, Oliver will lecture on the bones and muscles of the head and neck, the planes of the head, and how to break down the face into shapes, with the help of reference images. You will draw along from reference images too.

On days 2 and 3, you will put what you’ve learned into practice by drawing from live models.

What materials will I need?

  • 3 sticks each of Extra Soft Vine Charcoal, Willow Charcoal, 6mm or wider
  • a pad of 18 by 24 inch “Strathmore” 114 gsm Drawing Paper. Medium Surface
  • 4B, 6B drawing pencils, white paste/charcoal pencil,
  • kneaded eraser
  • a pad of 9×12″ tracing paper
  • two sheets of 18×24″ toned gray paper, medium surface
  • final fixative spray

How many students will there be?
There is a maximum of 12 participants and the tutor will customise the course according to your individual needs.

If you have any questions, please see our frequently asked questions or contact us.


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