Portrait Drawing Demo by David Jamieson

Portrait Drawing Video with Instructional Commentary

5 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
(20 customer reviews)


Now Available in en Español! 

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Portrait Drawing Video

Check out the extended cut of David Jamieson’s time-lapse portrait drawing video that’s been such a hit on YouTube! This longer version features detailed voiceover by David describing his process for drawing – what he uses, what he thinks about and what he looks for while drawing the portrait. It’s like a mini master-class in portrait drawing for just 10 bucks!

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About David Jamieson: David Jamieson began studying painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and received an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art where he was awarded the first Prince of Wales Scholarship from that institution. He has taught figure drawing, painting and anatomy in Toronto, New York City, and at the Prince’s Foundation in London, England, and for five years was a full-time faculty member of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. His work has been featured in American Artist Drawing Magazine, and in group exhibitions in Toronto, Chicago and New York City. His work is also included in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, Eileen Guggenheim, and other private collections in Canada and the United States. David currently paints and teaches in his studio in Chicago, Illinois.

Here’s the original time-lapse version from YouTube, without the instructional commentary:

20 reviews for Portrait Drawing Video with Instructional Commentary

  1. 5 out of 5


    This is a great and an excellent tutorial even for an experienced artist. I highly recommend if you take yourself seriously and wanting to pus your skills further.

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Fantastico, muy recomendable, muy bien explicado. Y en español. Para cuando los otros estaran disponibles en español?
    Solamente una pequeña duda. Por qué utiliza un lapicero en algunos momentos en lugar del lapiz?. Cual es su graduacion?

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    i have watched both video downloads and have to say they are really helpful and will help you see things in a different way, i love watching David draw he is such an inspiration, i was just wondering do you ever think you will do a video on laying out proportions in more depth as its part of drawing i find hard and would love to learn from one of the best take care cant wait for more thanks again

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Of all the banality that is in the network, these two videos were a real find. In them you will learn more than you could learn self-taught.

    I highly recommend the two videos; these become more valuable with the comments of Mr. Jamieson, who besides being a great artist is also an excellent instructor.

    If you really want to improve your skills not only in the field of artistic drawing but also as a portrait artist, these two instructional videos will put you on the right track.

    I am 52 years old and I’m just returning the path of drawing, after many years of not practicing, and this is a great way to get going again.

    Another plus: the sound and picture are excellent. A professional and outstanding work.


    PS. Sorry for my english; it is not my native language.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very satisfied! I’ve always love to learn from videos that allows you to learn what the artist is thinking while drawing, side-by-side. You’ll sure learn a lot from these videos!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I definitely took away many valuable things from this video! I’ve watched alot of videos of artists drawing and I’ve also read alot of suggested techniques to use when drawing portraits. But getting to see an artist draw as he what he is doing and why is so helpful and rare. As a self taught artist, it was also reassuring to see that I have naturally developed some correct techniques. When I saw him holding up his Steadtler pencil over and over gauging angles I almost said out loud ‘hey! I do that!’. I actually had no idea other artists did that. And then to hear him explain it as ‘triangulation’ was great because he’s now giving me a name to the technique and an understanding of why it’s done. I’m anxious to try the graphite powder and brush technique for blocking in sections of hair on my next portrait. I also valued hearing about how 7/8B pencils are made slightly different. It was exciting to come away from this video with new techniques to try, new considerations to be aware of and some new tools to try. Well worth the money.

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This review is long overdue, but wanted to add in my thoughts about the video and teaching of David (as well as Melinda) from Vitruvian.

    Was looking for a good “how to” drawing on YouTube and came across the short version of this video about 4 months ago. Enjoyed it quite a bit and got the longer commented video. Two points on the commented video:

    1) Great explanation of the major aspects of creating the portrait in graphite, blocking in, creating proper perspective, rendering tonal values, and overall putting together a fine looking portrait drawing.
    2) Excellent teaching technique from David. Well paced, clear explanations, and what I’d call a “relaxed intensity”. Really felt comfortable listening and watching the video.

    Being fortunate enough to live in Chicago, went the next step and signed up for a drawing class with David and Melinda at their studio there. They are both excellent teachers, and they create a special learning environment.

    Highly recommend this video as well as the longer video based Portrait Drawing Course, which is equally excellent.


  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    These shorter MP4 demos are an excellent complement to the drawing course, essentially offering a 30,000′ view, but still having the ability to get right down there in the trenches with the full course when you need to. I think both are necessary and valuable as reference materials. Your course has been an excellent refresher for me and revisiting these concepts has been like rediscovering an old friend. The nice thing about it (as opposed to working in the high tech industry) is that the forms and concepts probably won’t change much in the next million years or so!

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    David’s video demonstrations provide a necessary tool for anyone to use in developement of their artistic technique. David’s commentary during the drawing process is comparable to individualized instruction. David speaks to you about what his process is and why he is proceeding in the manner he uses.
    It is refreshing to have someone “talk to you” instead of “talk at you”.
    Keep the videos coming.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow! I am very impressed with this video. David’s techniques are explained very well in this segment. If you are even slighty interested in portraiture you should download this video if for no other reason to improve your basic skills in drawing. David slows down the video at just the right spots to explain in detail what he is working on in that particular area. I hope that he produces a video just on triangulation, in detail, to help identify and site exactly where important landmarks of the face are placed. Bravo, and thank you David for an outstanding learning tool.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very good video. Offers good insight into this artist’s process and techniques. I would love to see following videos go more in depth about the blocking-in stage, as this seems to be the most vital stage for obtaining a likeness, and yet the most elusive for many artists (me included). Tips on fine-tuning measurements and proportions from models would be eagerly received. Thank you.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Concise, tells you everything your curious about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    It was just great. I am going to sign up for a class. I watch the videos ( I got both ) just before I start a drawing to review all the great information .

  14. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The video describes the technique used in total from materials, (toned paper, white chalk, staedtler mars pencils, etc.), to the mindset while in process. I hope that there will be further offerings here; something longer and more descriptive of the fundamentals perhaps?… Thanks sooo much.

  15. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very nice videos. Please consider simply setting up a camera on the easel and let it run. Jos Van Riswick in Holland is doing this and selling at a comparable price with occasional subtitles. Please keep doing these!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    For the price this is well worth it, just to see another artists take on the process of creating an amazing portrait, commentary is very clear and explains the major parts of the drawing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow! What a great video. I too “stumbled” upon this video last night while on YouTube. I’m so glad I did! The instructor is an excellent teacher and the video was very informative. I loved the use of graphite. Please, please give us more videos. I’d love to see an online portrait workshop as well.

    Thanks so much,

  18. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    David’s Portrait Drawing Video with Instructional Commentary is an extremely valuable resource for any portrait artist wishing to enhance their skills and technique.

    The video is clear. It provides simple information and instruction on some of the issues that can elude a beginner. There are close-up views of the work in progress and you can see how the application of minor changes can have a major impact on the whole portrait.

    Information about the type of materials is clear and concise and the video is packed with snippets of insight into the use of these to achieve the desired effect, which in this case is nothing short of superb!

    This video is a gold-mine of information!

    Thank you David for providing this so affordably.

    Having ‘stumbled’ upon this video and David’s art school on-line, it’s my strong hope that further videos and in fact courses, will be available to download on Portrait drawing, painting and anatomy.

    Best Wishes
    Nigel Millross, London UK

  19. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This is a jewel of an instructional video! When you consider that it’s only about 20 minutes long, Jamieson does a surprisingly thorough job of explaining his portrait drawing process. He’s using graphite and white chalk on toned paper, but much of the commentary applies to any medium. I especially enjoy hearing his thought process when doing the initial block-in. But he explains his thought process throughout – along with tips about sighting, squinting, blending and more. I feel that what I’ve learned about the 7B and 8B Staedler Mars Lumograph pencils, alone, is worth the price of this video. I recommend it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The best instructional video on drawing I’ve seen in a loong time. Short enough not to get you bored with unnecessary details, yet packed with useful tips about measurements, materials and thoughts on drawing in general – it’ll keep you interested all the way to the end. The instructor slows down the video at just the right moments and shares his knowledge and insights in a delightful manner. Short, simple and right to the point, just the way I like it. Much like Scott Waddell’s videos, which i just love! That demo is a must for everyone interested in drawing, I really enjoyed every second of it! And It’s practically free… I HIGHLY recommend it!

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