Since my last post was a compilation of portraits I though that today I might talk about how to draw them.
So here are a few advices about how to draw portraits.
There are are three basic stages in drawing portraits:
1.Using line drawing to get a feeling of shape,proportion and position of the face.
2.Using soft shading do mark dark spots and highlights in the drawing
3.Using larger areas of tone to unite all the aspects of the drawings
Drawing the basic features
first step in drawing a portrait is the one where most artists make the
greatest number of mistakes.When doing this it is important to have a
light touch since you will probably make a lot of corrections to the
I myself begin a portrait with the eyes since
they are the main focal point.The size and position of everything else
is directly related to the placement of the eyes.
Drawing the outline
this step we try to discover the size of the head by establishing the
distances between the eyes and the top of the head and the eyes and the
chin.A basic trick used by artists is to measure everything with the
eyes.Lets say you want to measure the distance between the chin and the
eyes,basically you take the size of the eye you drew and measure how
many eyes there are between the two.
Building detail in line
is the final step in line drawing.You just sketch a few details that
will guide you when you start shading and adding texture,sketch some of
the details in the hair,the folds on a T-shirt etc.The detail in the
hair should be drawn quickly to give a natural rhythm to the hair.
Here is an example of a finished line drawing:
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