Portraits on the iPad with Philip Tyler

Drawing Mixed and other media Painting - Subject Led

Ref: SWE11884

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About this course

An introduction to portrait drawing and painting using Procreate on the iPad. This course will explore various ways of drawing and painting the head and will enable you to understand how to go about capturing likeness.

Course Description

Working from each other as well as from reference material, you will also be exploring the full potential of the software to make a wide variety of drawing and painting interpretations on the iPad.

There are a complex set of problems involved in working from direct observation to capture the likeness of another human being. Drawing the head involves an understanding of visual perception, how to see as well as how to make marks.

During the course you will explore size measurement as well as proportional measurement, gridding, tonal value, blocking in the masses, colour temperature, opacity, transparency as well as the three-dimensional structure of the underlying skull. Capturing a likeness also involves things beyond the head, involving consideration of the whole body and clothing, the essence of the pose, the space behind the figure and the potential of narrative and symbolism.

This two day course will take you through the basics of:

Learning to see

The measurements and canons of the head

Scaling and proportion

The notan, duo tone and blocking in the masses

Colour temperature

Structure and perspective

Gesture and the pose



During the course you will also explore the variety of drawing and painting tools available on the iPad using Procreate and will look at how you can use your iPad to:

Capture reference material

Manipulate the photographic image to help you see the visual problems

Layer images and combine different elements from a series of different studies

There will also be lots of examples of portraits considered from a historical and conemporary context as well as plenty of individual and group discussion.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply the teaching material, including demonstration videos of the iPad as well as lectures on various aspects of portraiture.

What students need to bring

  • List items to bring:
  • iPad with Procreate installed
  • Apple Pencil
  • Charger
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Philip Tyler

Phil Tyler trained at Loughborough College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University and Brighton Polytechnic. He has taught for 33 years and runs the Printmaking Degree at Brighton. He has appeared on Sky Portrait artist of the year twice and has a track record of exhibiting nationally and internationally.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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