Character Portraits

Jump into character rendering with portrait illustration!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 8 weeks

Begins: January 10th, 2023

Lessons: Live online with feedback
Price: $650

Instructor: Clint Cearley


Those who want to...  

• Learn the workflow for illustratively realistic human characters

• Improve their rendering and understanding of skin and features

• Deepen their understanding of the planes and form of the head

• Create a new portrait for their gallery

• Receive weekly feedback from a professional





Character portraits are a great hireable industry skill and stepping stone to full character illustrations but many artists struggle to execute them at a professional level. In this class we'll start by covering the components, such as rendering skin and features, then pull together the lessons into a finished character portrait.

Tuesdays 10am - 12:30pm (GMT)

Jan. 10 - Mar. 7 (no class Feb. 7)


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Catch the weekly teaching in the live Zoom session or watch the recorded lesson later. Review of homework will be provided during the 2.5hr lesson time. Lessons will come with assignments and opportunity to ask questions.



Practice what you learned from the lesson with the provided assignments then upload no later than 12 hours before the next class. Allocate 15 hours per week to complete the homework to reach a satisfactory level.



The instructor will review your previous homework and give suggestions for improvements during the following week's lesson. Feedback may include a drawover, paintover, or discussion (situation dependent).




Founder and Senior Instructor

Clint is an illustrator and concept artist who has worked on Magic: The Gathering, D&D, Smite, Artifact, and for companies such as ImagineFX, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. He served as a Senior Art Supervisor with Blizzard. Trained in traditional and digital media, Clint has twenty years of experience teaching art and is the creator of the Swatches Youtube art channel.


This class is designed to build necessary skills for those aiming to be professional illustrators or concept artists. As such, this class will require moderate intensity and focus from the student to complete. The teaching and skills being taught will only be gained with hours of intentional practice on the homework assignments and following the processes that will be exampled. Serious art students should find the class and homework enjoyable, educational, and challenging. Hobbyists are welcome but they will likely find the homework assignments more intensive and regimented than they are used to.


This class is intermediate difficulty, meaning that students should already have foundational drawing skills and knowledge of basic shading, as they will not be covered. Students should have some experience with digital painting and be familiar with their program of choice. Note, Clint and Diana will be using Photoshop for all classes but you may use the art program of your choice. For a guide of the tiers, go here: Tier Examples

If you are unsure if you have the skill necessary for this class, please contact Clint at clint@swatchesacademy.com and include a link to your online gallery, and we will let you know.


FAQ: Go here to read the most frequently asked questions about classes.


Student work created in this class:

Note: These images are works in progress, finals will be fully painted and colored


Time: Based on student feedback, this class requires an average of 15hrs per week to accomplish the homework to a satisfactory level.


Subjects: The homework assignments are subject to change from term to term in order to keep things fresh and interesting. You may not practice the exact same exercises you see in the student gallery.


Discord: Every student will have access to their classes' private Discord room where they can chat with classmates, share images, and see relevant class updates from your instructor.


Setup: Students will need HD video streaming speed internet, Adobe Photoshop (or similar digital painting program), and a drawing pad and stylus (like Wacom or Gaomon). A microphone and webcam are also recommended if students plan on joining the Zoom lessons live.


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