The 10 day Portrait Drawing Course

My friend Danny from the art club wrote a book ‘The 10 Day Portrait Drawing Course’, I had some time on my hand during the holiday so I tried it hands on. I hope I made it some justice, as I am going to publish the post quickly before Danny is going to be on my case. Hope you like it too… it’s looks like the original picture.. OK sort off or at least some of it… actually in my eyes most of it, enjoy.

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I am adding an insert from the book, his introduction here below so check it for yourself. The book available via Amazone; Daniel Mcgowan


This 10 Day Portrait Drawing Crash Course is unlike any other you have ever seen, read, watched or class you have attended. Although this book is small in volume, inside you will find a wealth of experience, tips and knowledge gained over more than 70 years. It will truly take you step by step on a 10 day unique journey towards achieving your very own style and signature in portraiture drawing. All this will be accomplished by you devoting your time, effort and practice for the next 10 days, without any aids ( or crutches) of using camera projection, the pre drawing of grids, *tracing or measuring. I could have called this book ‘Scribble Your Style into Portraits’, because I want you to keep all your drawings and exercises very ‘loose’. Do not worry about making nice clean marks on the paper, really scribble every line and mark you make. No other person can scribble or write like you and this ultimately should be your goal to establishing your own ‘style’ along the way you will be introduced to various tips and techniques. Some old, some new, but all tried, tested and proven. These methods will guide you towards progressing your skill and your own style, like your written signature. Have faith, practice well and before this short course is ended, you will SEE your efforts rewarded. Will your finished drawing look like the original photograph? I hope not! As an artist friend of mine put it” When you copy something exactly, your artistic interpretation goes out of the window” I wholeheartedly agree. I respect and admire these people who can draw and paint a photograph exactly , but where is their artistic interpretation? Where is their style? The only signature they put on, is their name at the bottom? Do I want to draw or paint like this? No, my ambition is to capture a decent likeness of course, but even more, to bring something of my own interpretation, personality and style to the table. I may possibly have he worst handwriting in the world, but any of my friends or family know immediately if the writing they see is mine. I would like to think that this applies to my drawings. I firmly believe drawing (and painting) should be and IS an extent ion of your handwriting and all your marks on the paper will convey this to the viewer, however, I believe this is interrupted and marred with all forms of measuring, tracing and other mechanical aids. Mechanical aids all too often result in mechanical looking people. All the great masters (without exception) were able to convey their style and signature (like their writing) into their works of art. For example, how alike is a Turner to a Rembrandt or Pissarro to a Renoir? With very little experience of art, anyone can see the difference among the great masters and their style. My ambition for you dear reader, is for you to improve your portrait drawing using your very own STYLE! This obviously cannot be obtained with an exact photographic reproduction. I firmly believe, anyone can learn to draw portraits (or anything) well, using my proven methods and techniques, the only thing you have to provide, is work and constant repetition of the drawing exercises and techniques provided. Do this and you cannot fail.

Daniel McGowan


I could not resist getting my hands dairty a little drawing with charcoal. Often you look at some of the work people do with charcoal and you amazed how clean and balanced it is… Never mind I’ll have to practice.

Lesson from the professionals

I loved my painting club at the golf club, but I felt I should explore another avenue for my painting. This year luckily I have joined additional painting societies. I was looking locally for some time, and thanks to the adult education course I  took. I met a very nice lady who knew of such a club. She put me in touch and I joined at the beginning of this year. It is the Sevenoaks Art Club, which I feel is a great club to be a member off. Not just a nice group of people that meet together with the same interest, but many artists with great talent that can give good tips and great knowledge teaching me more about a subject I love. The club is also inviting professional painters to demonstrate and teach which I find as a great tool in the learning process of painting. If you want to move forward in this privileged and beautiful world, you need to watch the professionals and amateurs alike. Earlier I used to visit galleries and exhibitions, trying to understand and get ideas. But I can recommend  watching someone who is doing it for a living talking to you, this is another great step ahead. We watch each other during a demonstration and assist each other while painting a subject which I find very inspiring and enjoyable. This group is established since 1901 and it is a very great pleasure to be part of such a group of people. It is held in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, where you do not feel any pressure due to your lack of experience. The group is very well organised and we have our own website and a Facebook page, so please visit and enjoy the painting and talent. In one of our recent visits, I met a painter who gave me huge inspiration and help, Mariusz Kaldowski.  I am sure I will mention him later on but meantime you can visit his site to enjoy his work. His wife is also a painter  in her own right! I also enjoy seeing Hashim Akibwho also inspired me to paint with thick Acrylics and more recently Felicity Gill who is a great portrait painter.