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[Doha, Qatar] Portrait Drawing and Painting

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[Doha, Qatar] Portrait Drawing and Painting
[Doha, Qatar] Portrait Drawing and Painting

Time & Location

Feb 01, 2024, 4:00 PM GMT+3 – Feb 06, 2024, 9:00 PM GMT+3

Doha, Doha, Qatar

About The Event

[Portrait Drawing] 

  • Feb. 1 Thursday, 4 - 9pm
  • Feb. 2 Friday, 10am - 4pm
  • Feb. 3 Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Artist, Zin Lim's Expressive Head Drawing workshop will be a memorable and inspiring course.

Coming from South Korea, he will be instructing us on how to create good drawings that have emotion, rhythm, movement, and personal touch.

The instructor will share his unique direction of expressive drawing in lectures, presentations, and multiple demos from a live model. You will experiment to find a way to use your inner voice and the rhythm of your body and make lots of short and long posed drawings.

This course is for any experienced level of artist students.

  • Beginners will learn how to use charcoal medium, how to make interesting visual marks, and how to use those marks to create good figure drawings without being full of anatomic detail.
  • Advanced artists will learn to break their safe zone and shift their drawing style from tight to loose.

After attending this course you will broaden your perspective of head and portrait drawing approaches, enjoy the creating process more, and get an idea for your direction for the next drawing art.

* Can't find the listed material in your town? No problem. Just bring anything you have.

[Portrait Painting] 

  • Feb. 4 Sunday, 4 - 9pm
  • Feb. 5 Monday, 4 - 9pm
  • Feb. 6 Tuesday, 4 - 9pm

Are you tired of painting portraits that look too tight and controlled? Do you crave the unpredictable texture and color blends that come from rough brush strokes? Look no further than this portrait painting workshop! Led by the talented and experienced instructor Zin Lim, this workshop is designed for artists of all levels who want to learn the exciting process of creating loose, expressive portraits with a unique personal style. Throughout the workshop, students will delve into the fundamentals of head painting, including proportion, gesture, and value systems. They will also explore the creative process of making interesting brush marks, choosing a limited color palette, and designing a captivating composition that showcases their voice. Throughout the workshop, students will create five alla prima paintings from a live model, using expressive application techniques and stage breakdowns to bring their portraits to life. Whether you're a seasoned portrait artist looking to expand your skills or a beginner hoping to develop a new style, this workshop has something for everyone. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from Zin Lim and take your portrait painting to the next level!

[Drawing material]

Drawing Pad: Strathmore, 300 or 400 series, 14x17 inch or larger, medium surface. Link

  • If you don't find the Strathmore ‘drawing' pad, any brand of 'Charcoal' pad is fine.
  • No 'New Sprint', 'Bristol' or 'Smooth surface', They don't work well with charcoal sticks.

Willow Charcoal: 1 thick and 1 thin stick. (General, Cortes, Winsor Newton, or any brand)

Charcoal Pencil: 'General' charcoal pencil (HB or 2H). Link. If you don't find a 'General' brand, just bring a vine charcoal (hard or medium) stick. Or no pencil is fine.

Kneaded eraser: link

(Optional) Blending stump: link

(Optional) Utility Knife: for sharpening a pencil.

(Optional) Sandpaper: link. for sharpening pencil and vine charcoal sticks.

(Optional) Workable Fixative: to preserve your drawing for your portfolio.

[Oil Painting materials]

  • Oil Paint: Any brand of Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green (or Viridian), Burnt (or Law) Umber, Ivory Black
  • Canvas paper pad or Stretched canvas (11x14 inch or larger, smooth surface is better).
  • Brushes: Various sizes of flat (either natural or synthetic hair of any brand is fine but must have good shape of hair). Zin mostly uses low price/synthetic flat brushes.
  • Palette Knife: Sharp.
  • Palette: Palette Pad or any wooden/plastic/glass palette.
  • Medium: Pure, Odorless 'Linseed oil’, ‘sunflower oil’, or 'safflower oil' (similar smell and texture to normal home cooking oil) in a jar. No fast-dry medium, such as; Liquin or Galkid. (At the workshop, Zin will use Sunflower oil + odorless mineral spirit).
  • Paper towel or rag: To wipe the oil with a brush. 

*For our healthy study experience, please don't use fast-drying mediums, or smelly or toxic mediums, such as Liquin, galkid, etc. But use an odorless/no-smelly medium only.

The Art Academy in Doha, Qatar hosts this workshop. To register or for more information, contact one of the following options.


  • "I enjoyed it. I'm frankly very tired of doing hyper-realistic drawings - it's just not that relaxing. I think I will stick with the expressive figure drawing for a while and see if I can improve. I would be very interested in taking another class, especially expressive portraits." - Michael M.
  • "Thank you so much for teaching this class! The majority of my drawing classes in the past have focused very much on representative. Getting to learn more expressive techniques and getting to learn from you has been so enlightening and just truly a joy. I really appreciate your time and the thoughtfulness you put into this course. - Katie K.
  • "This was amazing, I learned so much. Most of all, that drawing in this way is much more a state of mind than I realised. Thank you Zin!” - Nathan A.

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