Draw People Step By Step

When Sue and I went to Europe recently we spent a bit of time in Montmarte in Paris.

What I loved was watching the artists there complete amazing looking portraits of people on the spot in around 15 minutes. It obviously requires years of experience and great observational skills, and a mastery of drawing, to achieve such good likenesses.

Well … needless to say I was inspired and decided when I got back home to learn more about how to draw portraits.

So I started to look for a course on how to draw people step by step. I looked at a few which were okay … but then I came across a course by a fellow Aussie. The course is called “Draw People Step By Step Home Study” … well I was impressed with it and wrote up this review for you.

Draw People Step By Step Home Study Review

Whenever I look at purchasing a course, no matter what it is, the first thing that I want to determine is how qualified is the created of the course? Or in other words why should I listen to them?

When I discovered that “Draw People Step By Step” was created by Taylor Roy, my interest was immediately raised. I have big fan of his work for several years now and have even purchased his “Figure Drawing Course” that comes as a bonus with this course.

Let me tell you the “Figure Drawing Course” was absolutely amazing, and I would easily pay $47 for that alone.

Taylor Roy has this ability to take a difficult technique and demonstrate it in a way that makes it easy to understand and replicate. The importance of this skill cannot be over rated, especially when you are trying to learn.

Draw People Step By Step Home Study Review – What Exactly Is This Course?

If you have ever tried to learn from a book you will understand how difficult it can be to try and piece the steps together.

For this reason Taylor Roy has put a lot of effort into creating what I call the “Ultimate Portrait Drawing Package”. It consists of 6 step by step videos and corresponding manuals in PDF format.

Each video has been edited so that you see exactly what Taylor Roy is drawing, and you can watch as the drawing progress and he talks about what he is doing.

The first five lessons focus on the individual facial features so you can master drawing each feature individually before trying to bring them together. I personally found this approach very beneficial, as it gave me a chance to practise each feature without risking messing up my entire drawing.

The biggest things I got from these first five lessons was how to properly shade the eye, and create the height with my noses.

The sixth lesson shows clearly how to bring the features together in one complete drawing. In my opinion this is probably the most important lesson, as it is this lesson that helps your drawing move from a collection of parts to a complete masterpiece.

The final lesson looks at understanding the facial changes that happen as someone’s emotions change. Again this lesson is superb.

So I guess the big question is, is it worth the money?

I would have to say without a doubt yes. Like I mentioned earlier I would have happily paid $47 just for the “Figure Drawing Course” that came as a bonus. But that is just me.

So instead what I will do now is outline the pros and cons so that you can make up your own mind.

Draw People Step By Step Home Study Review – The Pros and Cons

The Pros:

When it comes to learning to draw nothing beats watching someone how it is done. This is the only course I have come across where you can watch a professional artist demonstrates how to draw people.

The course is so packed with information that regardless of your skill level you will learn a lot from this course.

There is literally over 3 hours worth of step by step video that explains everything from the proper way to shade the lips to how to easily layout an ear.

There are 6 step by step manuals (over 210 pages in length) that walk you through the entire drawing process for those who want a manual as well.

Like I mentioned earlier the bonuses are fantastic and well worth the $47 dollars alone.

It is backed up by a full 60 day money back guarantee.

Draw People Step By Step Home Study Course is designed for anyone who is serious about their art and wants to take their drawing to the next level.

In my opinion it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced artist. This course is definitely the fastest way to improve your skill and start creating drawings you can be proud of.

Unlike other drawing books that require tones of drawing material to get started, you can pick up all you require from you local art or stationary stores for a couple of dollars.

Finally it is worth mentioning that this course is backed by a full 60 day money back guarantee, so if for any reason you don’t like it you can simply get your money back. Oh, and you get to keep the entire course, you couldn’t really ask for a better deal than that.

The Cons:

The only con’s I can think of is the size of the download. Obviously because these are videos and not just PDF that you are downloading it can take awhile, but having said that it is worth the wait.

Also they send you an email with the link to the download page in case your computer freezes or you lose the page mid download.

Secondly it is only available via online download and not available in stores. This is a bit of a shame, but once again I do understand.


Overall, there is no doubt that the “Draw People Step By Step” Home Study Course is widely regarded as the best portrait drawing course available anywhere on the internet.

Having looked at it myself I would have to agree with the consensus and state that it is my favourite product.

I strongly believe that you will never get such great learning material at such a low price again.

So if you are serious about your art you need to get this course.

It may take a bit of practice to get as good as the Montmarte artists but this course will sure help you.

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Step By Step Painting Demonstration – Alpine Mountains

The following is a step-by-step demonstration of a painting of an Alpine Mountain scene.

The painting was created for the May DVD of Month Club members and we filmed the entire process discussing each step in detail. The DVD of this painting will be about 2 hours in length. Along the way I took progress photos of the painting and thought it might be of value to explain the steps to you.


The painting itself was inspired by a quick twenty minute sketch from one of the DVD's on composition from the Get Started Painting – Home Study course. The sketch was to illustrate the S type composition. So I decided it was a great exercise as it also demonstrates ariel perspective and a number of other key compositional elements.

The outline drawing is completed using Ultramarine Blue & Alizarin Crimson mixture. I loosely sketch in the main shapes looking mostly for correct placement and to make sure the composition works.

I start the painting with the distant mountain range to get the value right. It needs to be light enough to show its in distance yet still contrast against the light sky. Both are done with varying mixtures of Ultramarine Blue and Titanium White.

I then add snow caps onto the distant mountain on the light side and some shadow colours on the darker side of the snow capped mountains. This gave these mountains a greater sense of distance. The next two mountains are added in getting darker in value the close they get to the viewer. The closest mountain has Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre in the mix.

I start blocking in the distant fields and the base colour for the river. The fields are just various mixes of Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ocher and Cadmium Yellow.

I continue blocking in the fields getting darker as they get closer. I have started working on the distant trees putting a dark value on the trees closest to us. In the distance I have added highlights to the trees surrounding the house giving them more shape and volume. I have added rocks into the foreground water using Burnt Umber.

The final steps are to finish off with details … all of the trees get highlight colours added. I have varied the colours to keep the trees interesting. The house is painted in and smoke added to create a sense of life. White water is painted into the river especially in the foreground, cows added in and the fence line is used to create even more depth in the painting.

The process we have used is one we call the Moore Method of painting. It is following 3 simple steps:

1/ Drawing – Focusing on big shapes and ensuring you have the right composition and perspective

2/ Blocking In – Establishing base values and blocking in base colours

3/ Highlights & Details – The finishing touches bring the painting to life

If you would like to see the complete film of the painting where I talk you through every step and brush stroke then join the DVD of Month Club and you will receive the DVD of this painting in May.

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