Introduction to Drawing People

This 3-week course introduces the basics of drawing people from facial proportions to figures

Resources include: facial guidelines for drawing people (infant to adult), how to draw contour lines for shading hair, the four major components of light and shadow, and the process of drawing people from life. Activities invite you to follow step-by-step instructions to: draw the proportionate faces of children and adults, shade hair along the contours of a head, and draw portraits of a baby and child.

Your Instructor

Brenda Hoddinott
Brenda Hoddinott

Brenda Hoddinott is an award-winning artist, internationally-published author of art instruction books, retired forensic artist, illustrator, art educator, and curriculum designer.

Born in 1952, Brenda taught herself to draw while growing up in the small town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. At age 17, after graduating from a one-year commercial art course, she was employed as a layout artist and copywriter.

By 1976, she was writing curriculum and teaching drawing classes for children and adults. From 1976 to 2002, she served as a forensic artist for provincial detachments of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, municipal police departments, and federal and private investigative agencies.

In 1993, Brenda began the application process to become a full member of Forensic Artists International and was awarded a Certificate of Membership in 1994. She retired from her twenty-five-year career as a forensic artist in 2002 to expand her writing career into authoring educational drawing books. was launched by Jeff Baur and Brenda on February 2, 2005 and has been growing steadily ever since.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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