The Harry Fredman Method  is how I first learned to draw and paint portraits. Harry's
method was excellent  way of teaching portraits.  I owe my success mostly to Harry  
Fredman. Thank you Harry for all you do. Click this link to visit Harry Fredman Classes

In about 1993 I was very bored with landscapes and wanted to move on. I contacted this lady  named V. J
Stevens she studied
 under Harry Fredman for over ten years. Harry was truly gifted portrait artist  
around 1935-1980.
I called VJ and told her I wanted lessons on painting oil portraits. She kinda laughed and said "you have
to learn how to draw graphite portraits first". I told her " I can't even draw stick figures". She said "that is
why you need drawing lessons, you first have to learn graphite portraits before I will even try to teach you
oils". These are the steps of progression as she explained them  to me. I am living proof that the Harry
Fredman method works wonders.
About 10 3hr lessons drawing different types of elements

Step  2. Draw a real portrait from very high quality photos from a                
             professional photographer.(black and white only)

Step  3.  After 5 very well done graphite portraits start oil painting the
elements. Use only brown umber and white.

Step  4.  After this, paint a real portrait from high quality black and white
photos. Use only burnt umber and white.
(for example click here)

Step  5.  Next step is to paint the elements in full color.

Step  6.  Finally after 30 4hr lessons I was ready to paint a full color
fine oil portrait. Look on my
gallery page (brett).
  Note: all the oil painting was done in VJ's studio. I was not allowed
  to take the oil's home.
Below each step is broken down in detail so you
(but, I still have more to learn)
I have just started  taking drawing lessons
again after a 15 year break. Why more lessons??
Just a burning passion to learn more. And when I learn more stuff from
J.D. Hillberry I
will pass that on to you also.
Step 1: Drawing The Elements
Note:  It does not matter if you grid, trace, project orfree hand,  what ever the method
Note:  It does not matter if you grid, trace, project orfree hand,  what ever the method
fastest and easiest for you. Below you will see the outline grids. This is how I was  you
use is fine. Just get the outline right before you start. Use the method  that is the
taught. I now use a $1000 distortion free projector. Michael Angelo used the grid
method, if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for you. As far as what to work
with, check ou
t J.D.Hillberry's supply list.  
Click any of the images below to get a higher resolution so you can
print out, save or larger view. Keep in mind these high resolution files
are 300 dpi optimized for photo quality glossy or primed  paper only.
Step 2:Draw a real portrait from very high quality
photos.  
Taken by  a professional photographer.(black and white only)
This was my first graphite portrait
Click any of the images below to get a higher resolution so you can print out, save
or larger view. Keep in mind these high resolution files are 300 dpi optimized for
photo quality glossy or primed  paper only.
Click here to see a page of high quality photos I used to paint
a portrait from. (still looking for the first baby photos).
I did find the proof sheet
Or Brian Duey's supply list click here
Keep in mind that the only lips that have edges  on them are ones with lip
stick. All others should not have an outline. This is the  #1 mistake made.
My 3rd Graphite Portrait (after many hours of lessons)    1993
James and Ashley
Click here for a high resolution view
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Click here to proceed to steps 3-6
Click to see Schoolastic Award
The main purpose of this web site is to display and show case student art. The different types of art you will see
displayed are pencil drawings,oil paintings,
Bob Ross style oil landscapes,  chalk pastels, graphite portraits,
Another purpose of this web site is to show case how art can be used working with youth at risk as a
therapy    
tool. Some of the student art work is from physically and mentally handicapped youth. It's quite amazing the
results I get using the wet on wet oil painting technique.

Bob Ross (you know that PBS happy little tree guy) really was quite a master oil landscape painter. He would
complete an oil painting in 30 minutes or less. Which is  quite amazing all in  itself. I have used this technique to
teach students as young as 3 years old. All most all the oil landscapes were completed by these students in
about 2 hours. All most all the student art was their very first oil landscape. I have fine tuned my approach in
teaching this technique over the years with great success.
I also wanted to say that drawing pencil or  graphite portraits for 99.9% of artist that do this know it is a learned
thing. To get really good at it you have to practice, listen, take lessons, etc... Just the brand of pencil and
especially the paper can make a portrait great or completely ruin it.  Even the brand of fixative spray can ruin it at
the very end. So do your research, take some lessons and have fun, For simply the best book on drawing go to
JD Hillberry's web site and buy his book like I did (I renamed it the "The Holy Grail of Drawing"). Below are some
links to great web sites for drawing and painting tutorials......................
Dave Bj
p.s.I include these miss spellings of the word portrait for all the people like me that can't spell well and typed the wrong
spelling while searching. portrat portrate portrates, portriat
Pencil drawings by J. D. Hillberry. Galleries of
original graphite pencil and charcoal artwork plus fine
art prints of western, still-life,
trompe l'Oeil and others."
Brian Duey Pencil Drawings
Kevin Bentley Pastel Portraits
Karin Well Portrait tutorials
Karin Wells Portrait  tips
commands up to $80,000
per portrait
Karin Wells Tutorial
Material from: Anyone Can Draw Portraits by
The Harry Fredman Method A
Comprehensive Drawing Course
Material from: Anyone Can Draw Portraits by
The Harry Fredman Method A
Comprehensive Drawing Course
Material from: Anyone Can Draw Portraits by The Harry
Fredman Method A Comprehensive Drawing Course
Material from: Anyone Can Draw Portraits by The Harry
Fredman Method A Comprehensive Drawing Course
Material from: Anyone Can Draw Portraits by The Harry
Fredman Method A Comprehensive Drawing Course