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By Lark Aakarshan, Brand & UI UX Consultant, Artist & Mentalist

Abstract Portraits - Drawing Photos into Masterpieces

Language: English
All Levels

Course description

Unleash a new illustration style and create a character portrait you'll fall in love with!

Lark Aakarshan, digital artist, magician, designer and creative entrepreneur shares his personal process for creating colourful, stylised portraits in his signature character illustration style. From first sketch to final colour, you’ll learn how to use a photo as your foundation for your portraiture process, giving you the freedom to flex your creativity and experiment with a whole new illustration style.

His inviting, step-by-step lessons include:

Choosing a great reference photo.

Creating a Skeleton Sketch.

Laying Foundations with Base Colours.

Abstracting Highlights and Shadows.

Building Finer Details.


Manipulating Texturing.

Whether you’re an accomplished artist looking for an exercise to challenge yourself or just joining the world of digital illustration, this class will provide you with simple, effective techniques that you’ll return to again and again.

When you’re done, you’ll have a stylised portrait of you or someone you love, perfect to give as a gift or hang as a custom art piece!

I cant wait to see what you will create. So let's begin.

Course overview - 9

  • Introduction to the Course

  • Base Photo

  • Composing Canvas

  • Primary Skeleton

  • Base Palette

  • Building Effects

  • Refining and Detailing

  • Texture Mapping

  • Bonus Lesson

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Meet your instructor

Lark Aakarshan
Lark AakarshanBrand & UI UX Consultant, Artist & Mentalist
Design Entrepreneur | Artist | UI UX | Hypnotist | Associate Professor | Mentor | Magician | Author (www.larkaakarshan.com)  Lark Aakarshan is an accomplished entrepreneur and creative director. In 2013, Lark co-founded The Prototypes, an award-winning strategy and design practice that helps leaders and their organizations explore, learn, and grow. His clients include a variety of Fortune 500 companies (BBC, ITC, Orient, Cremica, DLF), the United Nations, the BCPBF, and some of the world's most progressive start-ups (Lionfresh, Oakter, Greedy Games). Lark has served as a board member and advisor to a variety of organizations including The Prototypes, Label KISS, Colinkd, Notesgen, Pepperscript, and the Typewrighter. A dynamic writer and lecturer, Lark is frequently engaged as an advisor to entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the largest corporations across the globe. He is also a visiting lecturer at Pearl Academy of Design where he teaches Product Interface Design and his Applied Empathy curriculum. In his personal time, Lark is an active practitioner of design conjuring, working through his private practice, Fragmants, and leading workshops on how to bring these powerful traditions into a modern life and workplace. The Signerika, his first book, will be published in April of 2021.