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CAFE - Bill Karaffa, Portrait Drawing

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • MAL Studio


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Bill Karaffa will show us his secrets to drawing portraits. $3 studio fee and possible materials fee.

Bill Karaffa is a practicing creative who focuses on capturing the portrait/figure in many of his works.  He is a current member of McMurray Art League, Pittsburgh Pastel Artists, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists Guild and the Portrait Society of America. Participation in life drawings session at many venues throughout the City are part of his weekly regiment.   Bill focuses on the technical aspects of portraiture/ figure drawing and has been successful in a variety of juried art exhibitions. 

The focus of this CaFE will be on the human portrait and will cover the basics of anatomy, gesture, form  and capturing a likeness.  Although he works primarily from live models, Bill will cover the use of photography and some of the pros/cons. The CaFE will include a brief 30 minute demo to show the processes used to begin a portrait.

This will be a working CaFE and the participants will be drawing a portrait from a live model.  Bill will provide hands-on insights and suggestions to participants as they draw.  


Bill will be using charcoal, conte' pastels and white chalk in his instruction.  Most of his work will be done on simple newsprint, but some drawing will be done on a mid-toned drawing paper such as Strathmore 400 or 500.

Participants should bring and drawing instruments that they are comfortable with the following is suggested:

Graphite Pencils 3B to 5B

Charcoal Pencils or Sticks, Medium and Soft

Conte' Pastel Pencils (color 009 Black)

Generals White Caulk Pencils


Erasers (gum and stick)

Newsprint paper

Strathmore 400 or 500 Grey Toned 

Any Other Materials which participant wishes to apply

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