‘Improving your animal & human portraits in coloured pencil & oils’ 
Hannah Twine


This afternoon the LRAS  held its first ever live zoom demonstration. Hannah Twine, whom many of you may know, gave us 2 fascinating hours of her time, and what a packed 2 hours it was. The subject matter was animal and human portraiture.

For those who hadn’t met Hannah before, she introduced herself by going through some of her portfolio. She works in a variety of media, and it was lovely to see examples of her work.

Hannah started by demonstrating the initial layout of a dog portrait in coloured pencil, on Clairefontaine pastelmat. Hannah draws completely by eye. It was very interesting to see how she builds the image up from scratch, without using any aids other than a mirror, which she uses to invert the image and help to check basic shapes. Within about 40 minutes there was the basis of a delightful portrait on which to build. 

We had a 10 minute break, and then we were into human portraiture. 

Firstly Hannah again showed how to build up a human portrait using basic shapes, refining, and adding shadow shapes, all in graphite. 

Then we were into oils! There was very useful information on colour mixing with a limited palette for skin tones, and then a demonstration of a human eye, again in oils.

Throughout the afternoon, we were able to ask questions via chat, and at the end of each session was an opportunity for  questions and answers.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, and I think we all went away having learnt some valuable tips, I certainly did!

If you didn’t manage to catch this zoom demo, we are planing to hold another one next month, so keep a lookout for details.

Janet Clayton
LRAS Programme Organiser