Capturing someone's likeness in a drawn portrait is no easy feat. Not only does the artist need to master anatomy and proportion, but they also need to bring to life the essence of their subject. It's a practice that can be intimidating for many artists, but not for illustrator and designer Melissa de Nobrega. Creating incredible digital portraits is part of her normal workflow; and luckily, she loves sharing her knowledge with others.
De Nobrega has a love for anatomy that is evident in the precise way that she renders her subjects' eyes, noses, and mouths. Each portrait is distinct in its personality and character, yet they all show the brilliant capability of de Nobrega to immortalize her subjects.
Several years ago, de Nobrega discovered that she not only enjoyed drawing portraits, but that she also had a knack for teaching. Her skills as a teacher are on full display in the class that she created on My Modern Met Academy. Her course is called Portrait Drawing for Beginners: Learn How to Draw Anyone You’d Like. And, just as the title says, de Nobrega gives her students all the tools they need to feel confident when drawing a portrait.
For nearly two hours, de Nobrega breaks down facial anatomy before moving into how to get the perfect proportions and draw contours to define the portrait. Then, de Nobrega tackles a digital portrait to show how anyone can pull together the lessons that she's taught. And the best thing is that, though de Nobrega works in a digital format, these lessons work even if using a pencil and paper.
“Nailing the likeness of a subject is a struggle many artists, not just beginners, are familiar with,” she tells My Modern Met. “My goal is to help students overcome this challenge by laying down a foundation of knowledge (aka anatomy) and then building on top of that by introducing them to a simple process I like to use when drawing. My hope is that by the end of this course, students walk away feeling confident and ready to tackle their next portraiture project.”
Students who enroll in de Nobrega's online portrait drawing class will benefit from her years of experience and will be able to watch the pre-recorded lessons from the comfort of their own homes as many times as they'd like.
Illustrator and designer Melissa de Nobrega creates masterful digital portraits.
She loves sharing her knowledge and helping anyone master the art of portrait drawing.