Would you like to learn to paint and draw faces?
Drawing in the Soul is a complete & in-depth online art course
in which you’ll learn step by step how to draw and paint female portraits.
NEW: The course is now offered as a self-paced class.
We’ll start from the basics, using many different supplies & techniques, and then take it to a higher level showing the soul of the portrait.
We’ll be creating front faces, profile faces and three-quarter faces, and learn how to work with important art elements like value, line and color.
I am not just teaching you how to create my style of portraits, but show you in detail the techniques that I use and why I use them, so that you will be able to incorporate them into your own style.
This online course offers the advantage of being able to follow the lessons from the comfort of your home. You get lifetime access to the course, and you can download all materials, so you can watch the videos and read the written lessons as many times as you like.
Starting with the Fundamentals
We’ll start with the fundamentals and learn about the classical face proportions, basic shading, and facial features. This will be explained for all three basic head directions that we’ll cover: front face, profile face, and three-quarter face.
You’ll practice drawing the initial sketch of the head using the classical proportions, and learn how to create the basic shading for each face direction. I’ll also show you how I draw the facial features – such as the eyes, nose, and mouth – in my sketch.
I have learned so much. When looking at someone’s face now whether on TV or in person, I can’t help but notice their features and the way the light falls casting shadows. We also learnt different techniques, ones I’d never heard of. This course will stay with me forever. DIANA – ENGLAND
Value, Line & Color
Important topics in this course are value, line, and color. You will learn how you can use value, line, and color in various ways to create different styles and make your portraits more interesting.
The term ‘value’ (or tonal value) in art refers to how light or dark a color is. Learning to see values and to work with them is key in creating portraits. With values you create the structure of a face and give it depth, or a 3D effect.
Line is a very important element in art and there are many ways to use it. In this course you’ll learn for instance how to use line to create values, but also how you can work with line to create texture, to indicate shapes, and to add decorative elements to your portraits.
In this course you’ll get basic color theory, which you can use to create beautiful and interesting color combinations in your portraits. You’ll also learn how value and color are related and how you can use color to create more depth in your portraits.
This video gives an impression of one of the bonus lessons in Drawing in the Soul, creating a mixed media portrait focusing on the use of tonal value.
Here is a sneak peek of one of the first projects that we’re going to make. This short video shows you all the different stages this portrait went through.
Excellent class! I learned more in the first week than in all the other art classes I have taken – and that includes college classes as well. Juna’s easy to follow directions and her helpful critiques have made me a better artist and I thank her for that! NANCY MARKEL – USA
After we’ve learned to create faces in various directions, working with value, line and color, and using different techniques and supplies, we’re going to utilize that knowledge and take it one step further.
How can we give our portraits more depth and ‘soul’? How can we draw the viewer’s attention to specific areas of the portrait that we feel are expressing this soul, or that are telling a certain story? That will be the focus of the final three weeks of Drawing in the Soul.
Who is this course for?
This course is intended for artists & creatives of all levels. Both beginners, but also for more advanced artists who are interested in specific topics that this course covers, or if you want to see and experience my way of working.
If you are new to creating portraits, you will learn all the basic techniques for creating front faces, profile portraits, and 3/4 faces. You’ll also learn how to work with the specific supplies. All you need is a little (very basic) experience with acrylic paint. The rest will be explained and demonstrated in the lessons.
If you already have some experience in making portraits and want to learn more about the topics of value, line, and color, then you can delve into these subjects. And if you want to practice working with specific supplies like soft pastels, charcoal, and oil pastels, then you can learn how these materials can be used.
Drawing in the Soul is also suited if you are already more experienced and skilled in creating portraits, but want to learn more about my portrait style. You will be able to follow me step by step and see all the techniques and supplies that I use in my art.
This class is both for the beginner through to the more advanced artist. Juna is a very generous teacher who shares her knowledge so openly. She has such a gentle and calming way of approaching each subject and that has been the key for me to find my confidence and develop my skills even further. TANIA BAIN – SOUTH AFRICA
The course consists of 4 modules: Value, Line, Color, and The Soul. While the last module has its own format, modules 1-3 will follow the same structure and build upon the topics of the previous modules. Each module takes three weeks.
Every first week of modules 1-3 you will get a video introduction that explains the topic of the module. We will also do several exercises that will focus on individual aspects of the subject of that module. Sometimes you will also get one or more text-only lessons, that will explain some additional theory or provide background information.
In the second week we’re going to make the main project for that module. We’re going to create a portrait from start to finish: from the sketching phase to the final little details. We’ll take all the elements that we’ve learned in the first week and bring those into practice in one large project.
Since the first two weeks of each module are intense and filled with exercises and lessons, in the third week we will get time to practice what we’ve learned so far, and do some catching up if necessary. For those of you who would nonetheless like to have new materials, there is a fun & shorter bonus lesson available.
In Module 4 we’re going to use what we’ve learned in the previous modules and take that to a higher level. In this module we’re going to explore ways to draw the viewer to our portrait and to bring the focus on that something extra, what I would call ‘soul’, in our portrait. Each week of this module you will get one ore more text-only lessons and we will create one project from start to finish.
Theory, Exercises & Projects
The lessons in Drawing in the Soul are presented in the form of text lessons and over 30 hours of video lessons. You’ll get background theory and hands-on painting and drawing lessons. The course is carefully structured and all lessons build upon each other.
The lessons with art theory and background information are sometimes provided as reading texts and other times in the form of video introductions. Other lessons in this category are the art supplies videos, in which I give background information on the supplies that we’ll be working with and show you how to use them.
The exercises are always presented in the form of video lessons. In the exercises we practice one or more specific aspects or techniques, so that the information is broken down into smaller segments which makes it easier to learn and to practice.
And finally, when we’ve learned about the theory and practiced the techniques in the exercises, it’s time to apply this into a larger project. Projects are video lessons in which we’re going to create a portrait from start to finish: from the sketching phase to the final little details. In this course we’re going to do six of these larger projects.
The scope of the course may at first seem daunting, but each week focuses on a very clearly defined goal, and those one or two weeks designed to allow everyone time to catch up or further develop his/her work, come at precisely the right moment. L.J. – USA
30 hours of video lessons
You receive 30 hours of detailed video lessons, recorded in real-time (no speeding up). Most lessons are filmed with two cameras, so that you can see exactly what I do – not only on the easel but also what is happening on my table, for instance how I mix my paint.
Every week you receive a so-called E-book. This is an interactive PDF that contains the texts of the lessons, descriptions of the videos, images, and clickable links to that week’s videos. You can download all 12 E-books (166 pages in total!), so that you can easily refer back to them and if desired print them out.
Additional course materials
Besides the twelve E-books you also receive additional course materials in the form of PDF documents, such as reference sheets with information about face proportions (mapping), weekly supply lists, and the reference photos that I have been using in the video lessons.
Lifetime access & all materials can be downloaded
You get lifetime access to the course and all course materials, such as the videos, E-books, and additional course materials, can be downloaded and are yours to keep forever.
Community & Interaction
For ‘real-life’ interaction with me and your fellow students, you can join the private Facebook group for the class. Here you can ask questions, get support, and socialize through the safe environment of the class community.
The participants of Drawing in the Soul come from all walks of life and from all over the world. Joining the Facebook group is a great way to meet new people and make friends who are interested in art, like you.
What will you receive
We’ll use a variety of art supplies, such as acrylic paint, charcoal, soft pastel, hard pastel, pastel pencils, collage papers, and a little bit of oil paint sticks & oil pastels. You will get extensive background information on the supplies that we’ll be working with. In the video lessons I’ll show you what you can do with the supplies, so you can practice how to use them.
Would you like to know which supplies we’ll be using? Download here the full supply list for the course.
I was pleasantly surprised by the videos that provided explanations of the different materials we worked with, and learned a lot about how to handle them and work with them. ANGELA VAN SON – THE NETHERLANDS
Frequently Asked Questions
Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?
You get lifetime access to the course. In practice this means that the Drawing in the Soul website (including all lessons, materials, and videos) will remain accessible to you for as long as Drawing in the Soul is being offered for sale. If Drawing in the Soul at some point in the future isn’t ging to be offered for sale anymore, you will have 6 months to download all materials if you want to keep them forever.
Can I download the videos?
Yes, you can download all the videos of this course. Make sure you have enough free disk space (an external disk drive or usb stick is recommended), because there is in total 30 hours of video available.
Can I get feedback from you on my work?
The self-paced class does not include in-depth feedback on individual work. However, I am always available in the Facebook group if you have questions about supplies or other course related topics.
I am a total beginner without any art experience. Can I sign up?
Yes, you can definitely sign up for the course. All you need is a little (very basic) experience with acrylic paint. The rest will be explained and demonstrated in the lessons. And you can always ask questions and get support in the Facebook group.
I feel a bit insecure about my art and not ready to show it to others. Can I participate without joining the Facebook group?
Yes, you can definitely participate without joining the Facebook group. However, you can also join the Facebook without having to post your work if you don’t want to. The group is private and provides a safe environment for all participants of every level. It’s also a place where you can get support, ask questions, and meet new friends.
I don't have a Facebook account. Do I need one in order to do the course?
You don’t necessarily need a Facebook account to follow the course. The course website is a dedicated website that you get access to after you sign up for the course. The Facebook group is optional. However, if you do want to join the Facebook group but don’t have a Facebook account (yet), you can also consider creating a Facebook account just for this course alone.
Do you work with reference photos during the course?
Yes, we will be working with reference photos during the course. The goal is not to create an exact likeness of the portrait on the photo, but to use the photo as a reference and inspiration for things like shading and proportions. The photos that I will use in the lessons will be available for download, but of course you can also use your own photos if you prefer.
I notice that the course is organized into weekly lessons. Do I have to wait every week for my lessons, or can I access to them directly after purchasing the course?
You get immediate access to all lessons of the course. Drawing in the Soul was originally set up as a 12-weeks course and this outline is maintained in the self-paced class, but you can access all lessons of all 12 weeks directly after you purchased the course. This means that you can do all lessons whenever it suits you, at your own pace and in your own time.
Is there a payment plan for this course available?
Yes, there is a payment plan available to pay in installments. For more info on the conditions, please contact me via the contact form below.
How can I contact you?
You can contact me by filling in this form.
What Participants Say
Drawing in the Soul has been such an amazing learning experience. I would recommend this course to anyone who is yearning to find their artist voice.
This class is both for the beginner through to the more advanced artist. Juna is a very generous teacher who shares her knowledge so openly. She has such a gentle and calming way of approaching each subject and that has been the key for me to find my confidence and develop my skills even further.
Thank you so much for creating such an enjoyable learning and soul enriching course.
Drawing in the Soul is a course I wish everyone could take. The knowledge that Juna shares, in text, in her step by step videos, in personal messages and in her gentle and generous feedback is un-paralleled, and to be able to download the course and keep it forever is something I never anticipated. I've never witnessed anything even similar to this in any class I've ever taken – online or in person.
The scope of the course may at first seem daunting, but each week focuses on a very clearly defined goal, and those one or two weeks designed to allow everyone time to catch up or further develop his/her work, come at precisely the right moment. Week after week, I watched the portraits that my fellow students posted evolve into works of breathtaking beauty, matched by their generosity and genuine and knowledgeable feedback, a true testimony to Juna's guidance. I'm thrilled that Drawing in the Soul will be offered again in the fall. I've already registered.
I have taken many online art courses through the years, and Juna Biagioni is the one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure to study with.
In her class Drawing In the Soul I learned many technical skills in order to compose a portrait. But perhaps most importantly I learned how to let a portrait develop and come forth. I learned how not to force my developing work, to truly let its soul unfold on the paper. Juna is an incredible teacher. I loved every minute of this class and look forward to taking another course with her.
Before this online course I didn't know how to use any of the materials. I was a complete novice. I knew I could draw and that I had an eye for art, but I didn't know how to start and how to express myself.
With Juna's course we learnt to use different mediums. How to apply them and how to make them ‘speak’, how to give them soul.
The very gentle and very constructive feedback was given with empathy and sensitivity. This gave us all confidence to move forward to our next project.
I feel now the possibilities are boundless! My fingers itch to get onto another project of my own choosing.
I'm leaving this course proud of all my efforts and well supported by Juna's encouragement.
Thank you form the bottom of my heart.
I fell in love with a course named Drawing in the Soul. It was the word ‘soul’ that drew my attention. I had the WOW-effect from the very start. It felt so inspiring.
This course was beyond my expectations. It felt as a warm cradle of artistic love and energy. I became more confident in my drawing skills and learned a lot – and not only on an artistic level.
So thank you Juna for your art, for this course, and for inspiring us all and giving us those gentle pushes to step out from our comfort zone. You are a talented artist and an amazing teacher. And I’m also grateful for all those creative minds with whom I could share this wonderful experience.
From the first moment I saw Juna Biagoni's work I was mezmerized. She seemed to me a sculptor, where beautiful faces and features appeared from nowhere. I signed up immediately and counted the days until the class began.
I have not been disappointed. I now can, even as a beginner, have faces appear that surprise and delight me. Juna's ability to teach is superb. She is thorough, generous in her sharing and the range of projects in the class is fantastic. The best part is her gentleness and support in her feedback. I know of no other class where the feedback is so detailed and thorough. Juna's feedback draws you to your next step, shows you what you are headed.
Drawing in the Soul has completing changed my ability to see. This is the only class where I have actually faced my resistance, even though I was over my head as a beginner and did the assignments. I adore Juna Biagoni. I am so grateful. There is no one better.
Totally loved Juna's class. I learned how to draw faces. I highly recommend this on-line class!
I saw one of Juna's videos on YouTube and my gut feeling said: YES!!! Drawing in the Soul is so awesome and highly recommendable.
The structure of the course teaches you all you ever wanted to know about drawing & painting faces: all about different profiles, the features, and how to use different art supplies. A mixture of playful and challenging lessons.
I learned a lot, especially via the direct feedback. Thank you so much, Juna, for this incredible course!!
Juna's online class Drawing in the Soul is very thorough and well organized. I enjoyed learning about new mediums and watching Juna do her magic.
The thing I appreciated the most, though, was how Juna viewed and critiqued our work so we could learn from our mistakes. I do not know of any other online class where this occurs, and look forward to taking future classes.
I would highly recommend this class! The material is very comprehensive about drawing, painting, color etc. The videos and pdfs are very professionally done and Juna is a great teacher! Her feedback is always kind but very insightful too, another lesson in itself.
It was an excellent enjoyable learning experience and I look forward to her offering other classes as well.
I cannot thank you enough for this wonderful course Juna. I have learned so much and I feel so much more confident about my own work.
Your teaching style is wonderful. Detailed yet concise, so learning is made clear and accessible. But above all your warmth and support have inspired and encouraged me throughout every week.
I am still astounded by how much detailed and helpful feedback you have given to each one of us. The feedback you gave me opened my eyes – not just to errors I was unaware of, but also to countless ways I could improve my own art. I have taken several online art courses but nothing comes anywhere near yours.
I would recommend it to everyone and my only sorrow is that it has to come to an end. Please do more courses... Your work is stunningly beautiful and I long to learn more from you. Thank you so much.
I could not have imagined nor grasped the depth of Juna's ability to teach so completely the skills of drawing and painting that I have gleaned from Drawing in the Soul. As I watch the video's and follow along with the abundant pdf's, I continue to learn more and more each time. Because the entire series is downloadable, I will continue to perfect a skill I thought I could never have.
Juna's artistic talent is shadowed by no one, other than herself, as her organizational skills in presenting the material are the best I have ever encountered. Easy to follow instructions made this course the best investment I have ever made. I look forward to using this course for years to come for my own artist improvement and wait patiently for future teaching series to come from Juna. It's All Here! In 4 modules. Thank you Juna for showing us that art can be learned!
Great course for everyone! Learning step by step with each module. In-depth-lessons and videos, very good explanations and detailed handouts. I love and enjoy this course – Juna is a great teacher and I highly recommend this course!
Having never done anything like portraits but loving Juna's, I was delighted to try this course. I have learned many things and also to step outside the box. By using so many different materials in one project the outcome is amazing. Love the fact you can do this at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. Big thank you Juna, loved it all, xxx
In the vein of “teach a man to fish & he can feed himself for life”, Juna teaches her students how to SEE and how to EVALUATE their own work through her thoughtfully constructed lesson plan and detailed individual feedback. The skills and theory learned in this class are easily transferable to other media and subject matter.
I would instantly and without hesitation, recommend this class to anyone interested in learning how to draw more realistic portraits.
I would like to commend Juna for the beautifully crafted course she has created. Drawing in the Soul was easy to follow, the feedback on your progress is great and the feeling you get from being part of the class makes this an unusually rich web experience.
The beautiful mark making style and diversity of materials are as challenging as you want them to be. There is no pressure to achieve, this is a course to enjoy at your own speed and explore artistic possibilities.
Highly recommended! I am suggesting it to members of our pastel society!
This is the best portrait class anyone could ever take. The amount of content is enormous and Juna's very detailed and gentle style of teaching – not to mention her critiques on Facebook – are unbelievable.
I have learned so much. When looking at someone's face now whether on TV or in person, I can't help but notice their features and the way the light falls casting shadows. We also learnt different techniques, ones I'd never heard of.
This course will stay with me for ever. Thank you Juna x
Fabulous course. Well organised, inspiring lessons, lots of feedback, a very safe and positive group atmosphere.
I was pleasantly surprised by the videos that provided explanations of the different materials we worked with, and learned a lot about how to handle them and work with them.
Drawing in the Soul is jam-packed with videos and prompts to help you paint & draw soulful portraits in lots of various techniques. It was such fun to follow along, always supported by Juna's detailed feedback. She is a such a generous and extraordinary teacher!
Juna is both an amazing artist and teacher. Both the video lessons and written instruction were so well thought out and helpful. She was so generous in sharing her knowledge and technique and letting her students in on her process. A wonderful blend of technical skill and ‘soul’. Just look at her art and you will see. You will not be disappointed if you take this class, no matter what level artist you are!
Drawing in the Soul was one of the best portrait classes I have taken online. Learning the full front view, side view, and 3/4 view were tough but through Juna's very detailed critique it was so easy to fix what wasn't quite right.
I have gained so much from this 12 week course. The awesome artists in the Facebook group were there to help too or just encourage us. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn portraits.
I am blown away by how simple and well structured this course is. I have learned so much about drawing and painting portraits. The lessons are clear and well explained.
Juna Biagioni is one incredible person, she really has put her heart into this class. The feedback she provides is detailed and really makes you ‘see’. I would recommend this course 100%.
By far, this is the best class I've ever taken. The professional videos, PDFs and critiques have been incredible! This will be a class I go back to over and over again.
You have given my eyes the training that they were longing for. I may not draw perfectly (yet...lol) but I can now ‘see’ portraits more accurately! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Drawing in the Soul was the finest on-line art class I have taken. Juna Biagioni carefully developed this portrait class so that one lesson builds upon the other. Her class environment is extremely organized, easy to navigate and detailed with downloadable videos for further viewing.
She limits the amount of students enrolled as to give them enormous attention with critiques, which was so welcomed. Her critiques are superb. She is so technically knowledgeable that she can draw & paint on top of your photo for suggested improvements. An incredible learning tool for all participants. It was 12 weeks of challenge, growth, learning, humor and support, an amazing course!
Drawing in the Soul is a wonderful 12 week online workshop that is packed with lessons. I can highly recommend anyone who loves drawing and painting portraits to join.
Not only is Juna's work beautiful, expressive and soulful, it is mesmerizing! Juna has a soothing voice and a calm and beautiful way of teaching art. You will love her personality and teaching style so much that it will keep making you look forward to each new week. You will not regret joining Drawing in the Soul.
This is a great course. Juna is a very good teacher who knows how to cut all the info in pieces that look doable. Her constructive criticism helps to look at your own work and séé.
Although this is a portrait course, I find it helped me with all my drawings and paintings and I am now really excited about color theory.
Excellent class! I learned more in the first week than in all the other art classes I have taken – and that includes college classes as well. Juna's easy to follow directions and her helpful critiques have made me a better artist and I thank her for that!
This is the most well done course ever. Juna is the most perfect teacher and so brilliant and kind and so talent. This is the best course I have taken, and I have taken many. So I recommend you to sign up for this. It is like a dream and you will just be there and never wake up.
Thank you Juna Biagioni for this time. I will take more classes/courses from you in the future. You are the BEST. A real Deal.
Impossible for me to determine what lesson I've enjoyed more. Each lesson was a wonderful discovery that taught me a lot and is still teaching me. I discovered that I adore the charcoal!
Juna, thanks for helping me to overcome some emotional blocks (it was not easy, and yet I'm working on). This course has meant a lot to me. I recommend it to everybody.
I've done many courses, but this was the first time I've learned so much! Not only techniques, but also the way of looking at your art. Not just ‘oh and ah's’, but so much constructive criticism, with clear explanations.
Juna is a very good and clear teacher, with a warm heart. I'm going to miss these lessons and mentor!