Clothing Tutorial An excellent roundup with plenty of tips and clothing tutorials. So, dress your characters in the best way by practicing these tips.
The portrait just feels balanced at this point. As soon as I start adding tonal values, that balance will be disrupted, and won’t return until I’m nearly done with the whole portrait.
These steps are based on the excellent portrait drawing course by Vitruvian Studio, which I highly recommend you purchase if you are serious about learning how to draw.
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Purposefully, I chose to base my self-portrait on a photo with a tighter tonal range, since I wanted to challenge and push my abilities (Drawing a portrait with heavy contrast requires less subtly and is, in my opinion, easier).
As a result, the rest of my apartment is lit via Ikea floor lamps, which, although they do a 90% good job, it turns out, at night, there’s just not enough light for detail-oriented drawing.
For some (perhaps, legal) reason, most apartments in San Francisco don’t have overhead lights in their main living areas. Usually, apartments only have overhead lights in the bathroom and (sometimes) the kitchen, which is the case for my apartment.
With the construction lines as references, I was then ready to start blocking in the facial features.
Even with the narrow tonal range, my self-portrait still maintains a believable roundness and depth.
Finishing the sketchDefacing the sketch (a.k.a. adding tonal values)Finishing the sketch
So, thank you people of San Francisco for not getting totally creeped out. I promise I’ll stop soon.
Portrait tutorial Artist is going to show several step photos along the way on this one. Artist chose this photo because of it’s RICH content, and it’s HIGH amount of TONAL VALUES, CONTRAST as well as it being a high resolution file, Finding just the right photo is half the battle to a good drawing. NEVER EVER work with a low quality photo.
Portrait tutorial This is a step by step tutorial on how to draw a realistic portrait. The artist assumes that you have a basic understanding of drawing and shading before attempting to draw a serious portrait. For this lesson he is drawing on 11”x14” Fabriano Hotpressed Watercolor Paper. He is using Derwent Graphic Pencils ranging from 2H to 7B. For more information on any of the drawing tools that he mention in this tutorial, visit the drawing materials page.
I’ve had strong artistic tendencies since I was a kid, but I’ve never invested much in my fine art skills. Instead, I’ve channeled my artistic impulses mainly through music, film, and computer-aided design.
Today, I spent 2.5 hours starting the course and beginning my first portrait.
How to draw a fashion figure In this video tutorial you will learn how to use existing reference photo to trace a fashion inspired sketch.
This month, as I learn to draw faces, I’m experiencing a new phenomenon… For the past few days, I’ve found myself scrutinizing and deconstructing other people’s faces on the train, at work, on the street, at Whole Foods, etc. Wherever there is a face, I can’t help but try to analyze it, and imagine how I’d draw it.
Well, that’s not exactly right. While I didn’t cultivate any new drawing-enabled motor skills or artistic skills, I did learned to structure my already-existing skills inside of a better drawing process.
A few days ago, I finished drawing my first portrait. Since then, I’ve reread my notes, reviewed some parts of the course, and wrote up my “Portrait Drawing Cheat Sheet”.
Shading and Blending This brilliant tutorial is all about shading and blendng, so let start and get lot of tips and amazing techniques.
Once you have a photo that want to work from, you’ll have to transfer the drawing to paper. If you have years of experience in drawing, you’ll be able to render proportions accordingly. However, if proportions are not your strong suit, I recommend that you download a drawing grid app to your phone. You’ll be able to divide the photo up into squares and then lightly draw corresponding squares on your sheet of paper. Working on one square at a time, you can better get your proportions to be accurate.
Apply hard pressure with the 4H pencil to create long highlighted hairs. Although the subject has dark hair, the highlights will look natural and not like gray hairs. The key is to create the impressions in the paper first and then later go over them with the darker, softer lead of the mechanical pencil. This effect works really well with blondes who have fly-away hairs visible in front of dark backgrounds.
The human eye is really bad at assessing tonal values in isolation — which is why your brain thinks squares A and B below are very different colors, when, in fact, they are the same.
How to Draw a Realistic Eye Artist made this tutorial to show the different steps that he take in drawing a realistic eye.
This is mostly because I’m very bullish on this entire project.
This month, to learn how to draw portraits, I’ll be following the Portrait Drawing video course from Vitruvian Studio.
Start by identifying the absolute darkest and absolute lightest areas of the drawing. For the darkest areas, shade them as dark as you can/want. For the lightest areas, highlight them as light as you can/want.
How to Draw a Car For this tutorial the artist will show the different steps he takes in drawing a realistic looking car. He chose to draw an american classic, the Corvette. This tutorial will apply to any car though because for the most part, they are all the same. The key to drawing a car that will pop off the page is having a good balance of lights, midtones, and darks along with clean, sharp edges. He is using Derwent Graphic Pencils and Fabriano Artistico Bright White Watercolor Paper, he is also using mechanical pencils for small details.
Tim’s journey is documented in the Penn and Teller-produced film “Tim’s Vermeer”, which I highly recommend you check out.
After spending quite some time darkening the hair and patting down the face with a kneaded eraser, the skin still looks a little spotty (below). At this point one has to decide if they want to move beyond photorealism into hyperrealism. My personal taste is that the drawing should still look like a drawing. I leave a hint of the shoulder with a single line, and shade the hat with simple diagonal lines. As for the blotchy skin, I can smooth away for days in the chasing after perfection, but I think that the human quality is worth the unevenness.
Thus, this time around, with my self-portrait, I’m aiming to more closely match tones, while also paying attention to the smaller areas of light fall-off. With this attention, my hope is to create a more realistic rendering of my face.
3 Dimensional Drawing Techniques To learn the basics of shape, perspective and shading in order to create depth in your work.
Add in some dark wrinkle lines with the mechanical pencil (below).
My tonal approach is noticeably different than that used on the Derren Brown portrait.
Again, I used the 4H pencil to press grooves into the paper before shading with the mechanical pencil. Then I shaded with the darker lead (mechanical pencil) and added eyelashes. The whites of the eyes are not white, but in a slight shadow (4H pencil).
Basically, you look at the area you want to draw, squint your eyes (so the image becomes blurred and your brain no longer sees a face), and identify the tonal shapes you see through your eyelashes. This works super well. (I didn’t invent this method, I’ve just validated that it works for me).
As you can see, I’m using 0.7 mm lead. I will also use a 4H, HB (#2) pencil and a Kneaded eraser (also known as putty rubber) for picking up graphite particles. These tools will give you precise control over what you draw.
All right, this is a photorealism tutorial after all. Let’s get to it. Here’s a close up of the right eye (image below).
I started by arbitrarily drawing two lines on the page to indicate the level of the top of the head and the level of the bottom of the head.
First, purchase a large sheet of watercolor paper, about 80 lb. weight. Because of what you are about to undertake, the paper will take a beating, so thick watercolor paper will help prevent crinkling and other damage. Turn the paper and use the back side which should be smoother. If you are drawing a face, the smooth side may have just the right texture to help you simulate skin.
Should I just start the next challenge once I finish the previous one? I’m not sure. On one hand, this seems reasonable and time-efficient. On the other hand, there is something very tidy about starting on the first of each month.
While these pieces may look like they required some amount of artistic genius to pull off (do they?), that’s really not the case. Instead, these pieces just required some clever computational analysis, planning in Photoshop, and executional patience (while glueing and placing each Lego piece).
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the outcome — especially since I sketched this fairly quickly. I guess that means I’m improving…
Part of me lacks the motivation to continue drawing, as I feel like I’ve already accomplished my goal. The other (more overpowering) part of me realizes that I have another 21 days to improve even further, so that’s what I plan to do.
After working for about an hour, I was able to finish sketching the outline of the head, hair, and neck.
Shade the eyelid and draw the eyelashes with the mechanical pencil and begin shading the iris and pupil. Notice the complexity of shapes within the eye. Do not assume that anything is symmetrical. Observe nature. Study the symphony of patterns.
With my self-portrait, I strayed from both of these advantages. For one, on purpose. For the other, less so.
This was a bit of a mistake, but a good learning opportunity. As a result of this decision, unlike with my Derren portrait, I had to pencil-shade the mid-tones on my face, leading to a slightly dirtier portrait. (In the case with Derren, where there were midtones, I left the blank paper untouched and clean).
Additionally, while doing this, to check the accuracy of my key, I started developing the eye.
Today, like yesterday, I continued adding tonal values to the portrait. I spent a little less than two hours, and am getting really excited about the results.
Marilyn Portrait Tutorial A truly fantastic drawing tutorial to learn how to draw a portrait of Marilyn Monroe with pencil. Each step of the portrait is perfectly well explained and commented. This tutorial is very detailed, and requires a lot of patience.
Should I wait for the first of each month to start a new challenge, and enjoy my few days of relaxing (if available), or should I just use my extra time towards future challenges and start immediately?
How to draw lips In this tutorial artist will explain how to draw the structure of the human lips.
A smaller drawing offers smaller margins for error. If I slightly misplace the corner of the mouth or the height of the brow, the distance between the correct and incorrect placements represents a proportionally larger difference on a smaller drawing.
In other words, smaller drawings are less forgiving and errors are more pronounced.A smaller drawing means finer details. My pencil sharpener doesn’t seem to work very well with the pencils I have, which means I’m drawing the tiny eyelids on my self-portrait with a tree trunk.
Basically, the smaller drawing requires that I work in finer areas, which is challenging with the tools I have.
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This new challenge starts today, December 1, 2016, and, by December 31, I hope to be a master of portrait drawing.
Being careful not to smudge the drawing, shade the forehead with the same tiny ovals.
It’s starting to look like me, but it still looks like a drawing — mostly because I haven’t blended the newly developed areas like the neck, cheek, mouth, ear, forehead, etc. Pretty much the whole thing.
Although the shading in the forehead is finished (below), I will go back later and even out the spotty areas with the kneaded eraser, redrawing some parts if I erase too much. I’ve shaded enough to draw the left eyebrow with firm pressure (with the mechanical pencil). Do not draw the hairs over white paper. Make sure you’ve shaded underneath first. Take your time and draw each hair with great care (hey that rhymes!).
Using the mechanical pencil for darks and the HB for light, shade the rest of the eye (below).
Tomorrow, I need to finish the mouth, the ear, the neck, the lower part of the beard, and perhaps the clothing.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this month, British illusionist Derren Brown originally inspired me to start drawing portraits. In fact, to acknowledge this inspiration, Derren was the subject of my first portrait.
Editing Drawings Editing Drawings by Cataclysm-X offers valuable tips for bringing out the best in your traditional drawings after they have lost their depth and luster due to scanning.I am sure this technique will help many traditional artists in the presentation of their work.
Then, I marked eye level, to start gauging the features’ vertical placement.
Getting to this point took me 2.5 hours, which was split between watching the video course and drawing my Derren portrait.
Anyway, continuing with this theme, today, I want to share an interesting struggle.
It’s been said before that art is a discipline of awareness. The most important activity that we’ll be involved in for the rest of the drawing is observation. To put it simply, notice, notice, notice, interesting shapes. The more interesting the shapes seem, the more you may want to exaggerate slightly so others will notice them. It may seem silly, but the greatest joy in drawing can be falling in love with shapes. Shapes are formed by positive and negative space. Tiny details are like hidden treasures that you look for and find, drawing circles around them like word search puzzles. Below, I start off with an exquisite find: a rectangle and a couple of lines within the iris. Also notice that I’ve begun using the mechanical pencil for darker lines.
Yesterday, I declared that today I would start working on the mouth and cheek areas of my self-portrait. And yet, somehow, the day is over, and the mouth and cheek areas are still naked.
The human face is probably the most difficult subject to render accurately. It takes years of practice to develop the skills needed to capture proportions and subtle features that make for a convincing resemblance of a person. If you’re not a portrait artist, you can still use these techniques to draw other subject matter. A piece of machinery or tree trunk or still-life of any kind can be a beautiful and impressive work of art. If you are under the impression that you have little artistic talent, you may want to try a simple exercise to shift your consciousness to the right side of your brain. Take a photograph and turn it upside down. Then try to draw it. You may be surprised at how well you draw. However, an artist doesn’t necessarily have to be ‘right brained.’ You also don’t need to be left-handed (I’m right handed).
Finally, I added in shapes for the eyelids and eyes, and finished up for the day.
Then, over the next 3.5 weeks, I completed a 10-hour drawing course, drew a few other people, and then spent 8 hours on a new self-portrait.
Since the demo portrait in course is based on a long-haired female model, I had to do a bit more freestyling at this point. I think it works.
Here are some cross-hatch lines to create the eyebrow (below). I’m shining a bright lamp on the drawing so you can see the direction the lines are going –so there is some glare.
Portraiture lesson To study draw a portrait using the ‘inside-out’ method.
For my first piece, rather than drawing the model from the course, I’ve chosen to draw Derren Brown, who originally inspired me to pursuit portrait drawing.
To do this, I used a new technique I learned called triangulation. To triangulate a new point, I first sight (try to visualize) the angles to this new point from two existing points. Then, I draw lines from the existing points in the direction of the new point based on the sighted angles. Finally, I mark the new point where the lines intersect.
How to Draw a Ninja This tutorial will show you how to draw a ninja step by step. This tutorial has easy to follow directions and steps making it that much more possible for anybody to tackle
Then, I addressed the right half of the face — further developing the shadow.
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Clearly, there are major differences in realism between my starting drawing and this example portrait. So, if I can match the level of this example (which will be, of course, a subjective, but hopefully honest judgement), I will consider this challenge a success.
In fact, challenges are probably a good thing (I hope). Ideally, they push me to become a better artist.
I did, however, bring a Rubik’s Cube with me in preparation for January’s challenge (which starts in two days).
Hair Amanda Tapping A step by step drawing showing amazing hair on a portrait of actress Amanda Tapping. The result is impressive realism. A must see!
How long did it take to draw this face? If I add up the hours, perhaps one full day. If you liked this tutorial or would like to share anything you’ve done, you can find me on facebook. Please watch my YouTube video below.
While the Derren Brown portrait (with its ultra-contrasty tonal range) may be a more dynamic portrait, my self portrait seems closer to photorealism, which is the main improvement I was aiming for.
Remember, this is not a classical drawing. You’ll have to betray all your artistic notions about the creative method. Instead of organically building the composition up as a whole, photorealism requires that you work mechanically, This early stage of the drawing is the closest you’ll come to a melodic artful approach. It may even look like a gesture drawing, loose scribbles, until something forms and emerges from the chaos. As you activate the plane with energy, use this time to express movement and emotion.
In fact, this psychological problem of misinterpreting faces is so common, there are entire drawing systems (like drawing upside down, drawing the negative space around the face, etc.) designed to combat these problems.
In this case, the best I can do is show a photo that demonstrates the level of drawing I’m aiming to reach…
Next, I included the eye sockets and some more detail around the nose.
I think this is going to be a theme for the entire Month to Master project: If my practice is deliberate and consistent, it’s going to take a lot less time than expected to master these seemingly expert-level skills.
Because I spent the past two days meticulously locating and blocking in the features, it was very easy to add the incremental detail. (Trying to draw big shapes is much harder than trying to draw little shapes. Little shapes are a lot easier to visually understand and replicate)
With each of the sketches, unlike with my Derren Brown portrait, I felt that I was able to see the angle on the subject and accurately replicate it on the page with limited effort.
1. LikenessOverall, the likeness is strong. The portrait unequivocally looks like me. Although, it isn’t perfect.My expression/emotion in the portrait is plausibly mine, particularly in the eyes.The shape of hair near the ear and back of the head is very accurate.
However, the hair line doesn’t seem completely right, and it’s probably the second biggest reason why the portrait doesn’t look perfectly like me. The hair line should probably come down on the forehead and should be less rounded.
When I snapped a photo of myself (on which I based this portrait), I had just gotten a shorter-than-normal haircut, which is probably why I’m not used to the haircut I drew.On paper, I feel I captured the nose perfectly, but, as a result of the shadow, it may seem slightly too small/short.
To address this, I could have accentuated the tonal difference between the cheek and the shadowed part of the nose, but I wanted to remain as tonally accurate as possible and chose not to.I’m very happy with how the neck turned out.
Its weight and main features (the Adam’s apple and the notch at my collar line) seem accurate.There is something odd about the ear. It seems a bit out of place.The eyebrows may be the slightest bit thin, but they are very close to reality.
The biggest potential miss is my cheek. While I do have prominent cheeks when I smile (which I’m not doing here), I also have a fairly slender face and a reasonably defined jaw. Depending on how I look at the cheek, it sometimes appears too round and too full.
Other times, when I look at the portrait, my eye renders this area properly. If anything, I probably could have made the bottom of the face (in the rolling shadow) a bit more angular.
After my light-seeking adventure, here’s what I was able to accomplish.
Gradually build up the side of the face with shading (see below). Be patient and sensitive.
This is where I stopped for the day, after another 2.5 hours of working.
Then, I simply filled in the sketch with paint according to my computer-generated instructions.
Since I was accurate with the face shape and the level of features, if I continued working, I suspect I would develop the face fairly accurately. As a result, I would likely have enough accurate information to gradually correct the major mistakes with the head and hair shape.
Once you’re equipped with these two techniques, you’ll be ready to follow the “Portrait Drawing Cheat Sheet” and draw your first portrait.
Today, I flew from San Francisco to Florida to meet up with my family for a few days. I’ll be here until January 4th.
Before I drew my self-portrait, I drew a portrait of Derren Brown.
Shade the rest of the face. Observe the light reflecting off jawline (below).
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While the result is artistically interesting, much of the work was done by a projector. I created a paint-by-number blueprint (again in Photoshop), projected it onto the canvas, and traced it in pencil.
In particular, I’m going try to reduce the amount of time necessary to complete a portrait like this. With some practice, I think I can reduce my time down from 14.5 hours to 4–5 hours.
Today, I only had ten minutes to draw, so I spent all ten darkening the hair and eyebrows on my self-portrait, until they were as black as I could get them.
I ended up across the street from my apartment at a well-lit coworking space, which was great for drawing, but not-so-great for picture-taking. The abundance of overhead lights meant that, however I positioned my body, I was always casting a shadow on the portrait.
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Circulism Technique Circulism is a very interesting technique to create skin texture with pencil. With this great tutorial, learn how to acheive a realistic skin texture with circulism.
I started by adjusting the center line slightly for the nose, and marking the nose’s outer boundary.
With the neck and shoulders in place, it again didn’t look right. So, I checked more angles and made adjustments as necessary (mostly to broaden the jaw)
Pet Portrait A very good tutorial about how to draw pet portraits with colored pencils. Basic process and tips. Medium : Prismacolor Colored Pencils.
Yesterday, I was able to sketch about 80% of the portrait. Today, I just need to add the final details.
24 days ago, to kick off December’s challenge, I tried to draw a self-portrait.
I considered drawing in the bathroom, but this isn’t entirely comfortable. Especially because I was worried that the portrait would get wet/damaged on the sink, whose counter is the most viable drawing area.
On December 24, 2016, after 26 hours of practice, I found out that the answer was yes.
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I also drew in the level of the notch of the neck. The first time, I drew it too low, so I moved it up. I gauged this distances as a proposition of the head length.
Last month, when I was learning to memorize a deck of cards at grandmaster speeds, I started unintentionally seeing playing cards in the real-world. In particular, real-world things (like wheelchairs and airplanes), which have association in my mnemonic system, were triggering images of playing cards, without any conscious thought on my part.
Continue to use the oval technique for the skin, and the dark lines for the hair. Carefully shade the ear, sensitive to the subtle shapes visible in the skin. Think about the cartilage, fat and skin that causes the skin to contour and catch light.
TRADITIONAL SKETCH RENDERING At most design schools they teach you how to use a single wooden pencil to create an entire rendering, sometimes referred to as a “Prisma-rendering” due to the type of pencil usually used (Prismacolor wood pencils). These are fast and very pretty looking techniques, and they are fairly easy to master. This will be more of a walkthrough then a tutorial in the sense that artist won’t describe every pen stroke, more the basic steps and thoughts behind. Ok, let’s go!
However, I don’t think the same is true for my newly-found drawing skills. Mostly because… I didn’t learn anything new this month.
Today, to celebrate the New Year, I decided to compile my personal highlights from 2016, which includes Month to Master, but also everything else from my life.
The head was now looking pretty good, but the neck and shoulders needed a few adjustments. I retriangulated, and adjusted the collar upwards.
Today, I spent 30 minutes sketching the head shape and feature guides.
Prepare the lower lid by digging down firmly with the HB pencil. This will create the same effect as the darker lead not entering the grooves in the paper. The lower lid is not as wrinkly as the upper lid.
The lamp I’m using will be on my left so that my hand doesn’t create a shadow over the area I’m trying to draw. In this photograph the light source is different only for the sake of the camera.
This portrait is the example drawn in the Vitruvian Studio Portrait Drawing Course, which is the course I’ll be following this month.
Perhaps, I’m just stalling out of fear: Once the mouth and cheek are developed, I’ll have a much better idea if the portrait is any good.
Yesterday, I practiced triangulating the proportions of a few celebrity heads.
Face drawing: the heroic male In this tutorial we’ll draw a character face of a hero-like character. In the process we’ll review an optimal placement of the facial features and the best ways to emphasize the features of the face that will make our character look manly and heroic.
However, the eye was too small to help effectively establish the key. So, I keyed the drawing more aggressively, starting with the shadow on the nose and the highlights on the forehead and cheek.
I’ve been holding off on the blending because my blending stump is unusably dirty.
My 2016 highlights2016 was my first full year living in San Francisco and also my first full year as a post-college “working adult”.medium.com
How to Draw Caricatures: The 5 Shapes This is a great collection of tips and techniques you can use to draw caricatures and learn the basic theory and 5 shapes of caricature design.
With the 4H pencil, push hard against the paper to create wrinkles.
Last month, it only took me 22 hours to become a grandmaster of memory.
At first, the blackness of the hair is a bit jarring, but it accurately represents the “exposure” I’m going for (where the hair is emitting no light, and thus, shows up as pure black).
Here’s an extreme close-up (below) so you can better see the graphite oval technique.
In particular, as I said on Day 35, I believe that it’s most important to accurately capture the proportions of the head, the head shape, and the level of the features. If these things are done correctly, the rest of the process is very forgiving. If not, the portrait will end up beautifully shaded, but won’t look like the subject.
Here I try to locate the peak of his head, the lowest point of his chin, the rightmost point of his ear, the leftmost point of his ear, and the notch of his neck.
Tomorrow, I’ll continue following the course, and start drawing in the facial features.
You can decide if this is cheating or not, but either way, this month is going to be different. This month, I am actually going to invest in my fine art skills. This month, I’m going to take a pencil and paper, and nothing else, and make it happen.
Tim Jenison, on the other hand, does have something worth sharing. Without any artistic training, he painted a nearly-exact replica of a Vermeer painting solely using optical techniques.
Derren looks a bit too shiny right now — a bit like a mannequin or the Tin Man — but I’m optimistic that this effect will vanish once I model the rest of the form.
With these four outer points drawn, the next step is to draw in the shape of the head. To do this, I continued to triangulate more points, and draw in the necessary curves to connect them.
With the general tones in place, I’ll have enough momentum to push the portrait towards completion.
Then, I arbitrarily marked, on the top level, the highest point of the head, and then used the angle between this point and the bottom of the chin, to locate the bottom of the chin on the page.
Shade the lower lid with the mechanical pencil (draw over the grooves created with the HB). Continue to darken the eyes.
After many more minutes of work on the eye, I stop for the night. I’ll continue more tomorrow.
Now listen very carefully Baby Puppy. You’re about to perform a magic trick. Take the 4H pencil, which is a hard lead, and draw some lines with firm pressure. You’ll be pushing hard enough to actually dig grooves into the paper. These will serve to create lighter areas that the dark mechanical pencil lead will not be able to penetrate. This effect will be similar to the negative space in fingerprints..
Finally, I detail the ear, which is one of my favorite parts of the whole process. (Ears are just weird looking and fun to draw)
On December 1, 2016, I asked myself the question: With only one month of practice, can I learn how to draw realistic portraits with only pencil and paper?
After checking the angles again, I updated these two new points.
Drawing Hands and Feet Some useful explainations and tips about how to draw hands and feet.
This part of the face is reflecting light,so you are trying to simulate a complex effect, a highlight on porous skin with tiny wrinkles. Use the grain of the paper, the pencil graphite and the kneaded eraser (all working together) to render this until you’re satisfied with the result.
1. Start with the most extreme values and then meet in the middle
Nevertheless, I will persist, since, even with the sizing mistake (and the associated challenges), I’m quite happy with the portrait so far.
Now for the graphite technique you’ll be using most in this drawing. With a slightly worn mechanical pencil lead (just scribble on something for a moment), use the dullest part of the point to shade with tiny ovals. The ovals should be built up gradually, so that the shading goes from light to dark like a photograph developing in a dark room over time. Go slow, be patient. Use the grain of the paper to aid you in creating the illusion of skin texture. You have to decide when you’ve reached a shade that makes the best use of the paper texture and the graphite technique.
Graphite Portrait This tutorial explains all steps to create a portrait of Zinedine Zidane in graphite pencil. Time to complete: 10 hours.
For the month of December, my goal is to draw a realistic self-portrait with only pencil and paper. Along the way, in order to learn the fundamentals of drawing and portraiture, I will also draw many other faces, which will hopefully keep this month’s posts more varied and interesting.
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Next, we add eyelashes by creating careful strokes with the mechanical pencil. You will want to apply firm pressure, so be careful not to slip, since a kneaded eraser will not remove impressions in the paper.
During high school, whenever I was tasked with making someone a gift, I usually opted to construct a custom Warhol-inspired portrait out of Legos.
Picking up where I left off, I continued to block in shapes for the features.
Of course, these paintings are built on a prerequisite foundation of drawing, but they also introduce a whole new skill set that I would love to cultivate.
In fact, I suspect that today was least consequential to the outcome of the portrait. If I mess up the shape of the head and the location of the features, I have very little chance of capturing a likeness. If the features are not quite accurately detailed, but in the right place, I still might have something…
Today, for the third day in a row, I spent 2.5 hours on my Derren Brown drawing. However, unlike the other days, today, I feel like I made a lot of progress.
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Since she is wearing a hat, it will creates shadows on the forehead. Take your time and make gradual transitions from dark to light with your shading. Since I’m right handed, I’ll be drawing generally from upper-left to lower-right. If you’re left handed, you’ll do the opposite.
Before I show today’s progress, I want to share two techniques I learned that make it significantly easier to accurately add tonal values to portraits.
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Today, I spent an hour developing out the rest of my self-portrait.
I can’t seem to easily get the hair to be one smooth black mass. Instead, the grain of the paper is very noticeable, giving me a nice salted look. Even after aggressive blending with a blending stump and a dry brush, I still can’t get the material distributed nicely on the paper.
Although the paper is glaring because of the light, you can get an idea of how the hair is drawn using both the HB pencil and the mechanical pencil. Notice the highlight on the nose and the general direction the drawing is still taking, upper-left to lower-right. Again, this will help to keep your wrist and hand from smudging the drawing.
The trick, then, is to create a mechanism to force deliberate and consistent practice month after month. This is the hard part about learning these new skills, not the time required.
Tomorrow, I’ll write up a more thorough critique. But until then, I’m declaring this month’s challenge a success.
I may need to invest in some powder graphite (but I’ll return to this later).
Back to shape finding. I zoomed in on the eye and noticed more interesting shapes. These are reflections of lights and objects. They will help me to shade the eye, like drawing within the lines of a coloring book. And who said you had to grow up?
However, Derren didn’t inspire me with his drawings, but rather, his paintings, like these…
When compared with the before, the difference is pretty striking. In the before portrait, I look like a sickly, pencil-sketched version of myself, while the after version has a much nicer roundness and weight to it.
Nevertheless, I must continue. So, here I go… Time to temporarily deface my work.
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Today, I spent another 2.5 hours watching the course and working on the portrait.
Progress still seems fairly slow on the drawing, but I’m making a conscious effort to work carefully through the blocking in phase (so I can practice what I’m learning, and so I can ensure the portrait is built on a strong foundation).
For my first portrait of the month, I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
I’ve also experimented using optical tools (like mirrors and lens) to mechanically create. Although, I haven’t invested enough time to produce anything worth sharing.
Finally, I completed the neck, decided not to address the clothes, signed it, and I was done.
As a result, the portrait definitely has a stunning roundness, but I wouldn’t call it photorealistic.
Basically, I’ve used everything at my disposal (except for fine arts skills) to create artistically.
Now (and I hope this eventually wears off), when I see a new face, my first instinct is to estimate the ratio between the height and width of the head. Other times, I just look to see what shapes the eye sockets are. Or how prominent the brow ridge is. Or if the nose and brows equally break the face in thirds.
It turns out drawing is very similar. From the outside, it seems much more complex than it actually is. However, once you learn the two or three basic principles, drawing (at least, at my level) becomes nearly as straight forward as doing your laundry.
So far, the portrait doesn’t look like much, but I still learned a bunch today. I particularly like the triangulation technique, which makes drawing much more procedural and mathematical (a.k.a. easier for me).
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With the features and shadows blocked in, I detailed the features, starting with the eyes.
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This is clearly not the right approach. Especially because… As I begin shading the mouth, I will need to make adjustments to the nose area, so everything fits together. As I begin shading the cheek, I will need to make adjustments to the eye area, so everything fits together. And so on.
And here’s my attempt to locate the peak of her hair, the lowest point of her chin (again on the chin’s left side), the rightmost point of her cheek, the leftmost point of her hair, and the notch of her neck.
Yesterday, after 7.5 hours of work, I finally finished sketching / laying out my first portrait. Today, I started adding tonal values (a.k.a. “shading the drawing”).
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I start by blackening one of the eyebrows. This is easy, and hopefully will help me build momentum.
In the coming months, I plan to start sketching a portrait on canvas, and then experimenting with paint.
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With these tonal contours in place, I darkened the shadow areas slightly, giving the portrait some roundness and three-dimensionality.
In Photoshop, I overlaid my sketch on the photo to check. I was pretty accurate.
And while this seems like a major leap from my drawing studies, I now have the artistic confidence to attempt a painting like this, without any (or very little) additional instruction.
After spending nearly a month learning to draw portraits, I’m more convinced than ever that anyone can draw. Even if you don’t have any artistic talent.
Over the left eye, shade the forehead, combining the 4H (light pressure) with the mechanical pencil oval technique.
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With the exception of the oddly tiny ear, everything else seems to line up well. The head shape, face shape, and hair shape seem accurate. The level of the features and the center line seem accurate. The wing of the nose is a bit too far to the right, but I really just threw that in for fun.
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First, I drew in the vertical center line, which will help me laterally place the features.
In the coming days, I will write a few detailed posts about what I’ve learned, how I plan to move forward, etc., but for now, I’ll just share the final photos of my progress.
Take a look at the self-portrait side-by-side with the Derren Brown portrait. My head is noticeably smaller.
Yesterday, I declared this month’s challenge a success, noting the differences between my before and after self-portraits.
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While technology-aided art still should probably count as art (in some capacity), this month, I’m committed to creating using only the tools shown below: 9 black pencils, 1 white pencil, a few different erasers, and a gray piece of paper (which I’ll explain another time).
I made a bit of a mistake here. I drew the horizontal construction lines perpendicular to the center line (which seemed reasonable), but did not mimic the angle of the features in the actual drawing.
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Photorealism evolved from Pop Art in the 1960’s. It was a reaction against the ubiquitous use of photography in media and abstract expressionism in art. I happen to enjoy both realistic and abstract art and don’t see a reason to compare. Everything is cool on some level, I suppose. The one thing realism is particularly good at is reaching a broad audience with the clear message: nature is beautiful. In photography, even a tragic image can be breathtakingly beautiful. In photorealistic art, sometimes the same can be achieved, but with an extra human dimension. With this in mind, always strive for a little tension and conflict. You can save all the drama for your momma, but in art, go ahead, pour everything out –and in the end perhaps you’ll capture something ineffable or at least your very best.
Interestingly, this completeness is a bit problematic: Because the sketch feels whole (and, from my perspective, represents an interesting, standalone piece of art), I struggle to continue working on it.
Derren is a British illusionist, who I’ve been following for a while now, and who, I recently learned, casually paints portraits on the side.
For the past couple days, I’ve been itching to start my self-portrait. So, today, I did just that.
As you shade over the eyelid, you’ll notice the grooves that you’ve created with the 4H will now begin to stand out (see below). These are the beginnings of wrinkles that you’ll soften and add more detail to later. The skin around the eyelid is extremely soft and thin. With a youthful looking person, the eyelid wrinkles don’t usually make the person look old. Most people are accustomed to seeing wrinkly eyelids, and won’t question your rendering of wrinkles..
Observation about today’s session: Based on the output from today, it may seem like today’s drawing was the most technically challenging. But, in fact, I found just the opposite.
Thus, instead of relying on visual inferences, tonal values can be better approximated through a simple, not-so-interpretative procedure.
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Checking in Photoshop, everything seems pretty accurate. Although, the low point of the chin may be slightly too far left.
Because this is a graphite drawing, try to work in one area, slowly expanding to others, being careful not smear the graphite with your hand or wrist.
This establishes the entire tonal range of the drawing, which is called the key of the drawing.
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Although I’m loving the composition of my self-portrait, I’ve sadly draw everything 10–20% too small.
Especially before I smoothed out my face, it looked as if I had just been cleaning chimneys.
The InstructionsMark the top of the head. Arbitrarily draw a line towards the top of the page. This represents the top of the head.Mark the bottom of the chin. Arbitrarily draw a line near the lower third of the page.
This represents the bottom of the chin.Mark the notch of the neck. On the subject, using your pencil as a guide, measure the distance from the lowest point of the head to the notch of the neck. Determine how many of these distances can fit inside the vertical distance of the head.
Use this is as guide to draw a horizontal line towards the bottom of the page to represent the notch of the neck.Find the highest point of the head. Arbitrarily determine a point on the top line. This represents the highest point of the head.
Often, on the subject, this point sits far back on the head.Find the lowest point of the chin. Using your pencil as a guide, determine the angle from the highest point of the head to the lowest point of the chin.
Draw a line at this angle from the highest point of the head (as marked on the page) down towards the bottom of the chin line. Draw a dash where these lines intersect. This intersection represents the lowest point of the chin.
Find the leftmost boundary. Identify the leftmost boundary on your subject. Determine the angle to this leftmost point from the highest point, and draw a line at that angle from the highest point towards the leftmost boundary on the page.
Do the same from the lowest point. Draw a marking where these two lines intersect. This intersection represents the leftmost boundary. The technique used to find this boundary is called triangulation.
Find the rightmost boundary. Again, triangulate from the highest and lowest points to find the rightmost boundary of the head.Check the angle. On the subject, use your pencil to find the angle between the leftmost and rightmost boundaries.
Check if this angle matches the angle represented on the page. If not, retriangulate and check again.Draw the outer-boundary of the head and hair. Triangulate points around the head and connect them with straight lines.
Once the general shape seems right, smooth out the kinks. Check the angles between various points on the subject and on the page to make sure everything looks right. If there seems to be inconsistencies, retriangulate and adjust.
Do the same for the hair line.Draw the vertical center line. Pick some central point that looks like its on the vertical center line. Triangulate from outer-points inwards to find this central point. Check the angle from the bottom/center of the chin to this point.
Use this as a guide to draw in the entire vertical center line. As the center line approaches the top of the head, it typically flattens, as it rounds back behind the head.Draw the level of the eyes. The level of the eyes typically falls about halfway between the top and bottom of the head.
Use this as a starting point. Draw in this level, and then check angles to confirm. Move up or down until everything checks out.Draw in the level of the brows and bottom of the nose. If you divide the face length into thirds, typically the level of the brows fall on the upper third line and the level of the nose falls on the bottom third line.
Use this as a starting point. Draw in these level, and the check angles to confirm. Move the level up or down until everything checks out.Draw in the level of the start of the nose. The nose begins somewhere between the level of the brows and the level of the eyes.
Gauge where this is and draw it in.Draw in the bottom and middle of the lips. If you divide the distance between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin into halves, the level of the bottom of the lips typically falls at the halfway point.
Use this as a starting point to draw in this level. Then, gauge where the middle of the lips falls relative to the distance between the bottom of the lips and the bottom of the nose. Draw that in.Adjust the center line for the nose.
Starting from the level of the start of the nose, adjust the center line so its angle matches the center line of the nose. Typically this will be in two parts. The angle outwards from the level of the start of the nose to the peak of the nose, and the angle inwards from the peak of the nose to the bottom of the nose.
Adjust the center line for the mouth. The mouth typically has some volume, which pushes the center line forward. Adjust the center line forward below the nose to account for the volume in the mouth.Draw in the shape of the eyes and eye sockets.
Triangulate the corners of the eyes, and then draw in the complete shapes. Do the same for the lids and the eye sockets.Draw in the shape of the brows. Triangulate the corners of the brows, and then draw in the complete shapes.
Draw in the shape of the nose. Triangulate the peak of the nose and the wing of the nose. Then, draw in the complete shape.Draw in the shape of the mouth. Triangulate the corners of the mouth. Then, draw in the complete shape.
Draw in the level of the chin. Triangulate the level of the chin, and draw a line to distinguish the shape.Draw in the shape of the ear. Triangulate points of angle-change around the ear. Connect these points with appropriately angled lines, and then smooth out the kinks.
Draw in shadow shapes. Identify shapes of main shadow areas. Triangulate their boundaries and draw them in.Darken the shadow shapes. Lightly shade in the shadow areas of the portrait. Use a soft, clean paint brush to smooth out the material on the page.
This will introduce some 3-dimensionality to your portrait, which should help you better visualize if anything doesn’t seem quite right. If there is something that seems incorrect, fix it.Detail the eyes.
Draw in the iris, pupils, and other details.Detail the nose. Draw in the nostrils and other details.Detail the lips. Smooth out the shape of the lips.Detail the ear. Draw in some of the main inner land marks.
Key the drawing. Identify the lightest and darkest tones on the subject, and add these tones to the page.Modeling an area. Pick an area of the head (like the forehead), and detail some of the main places of tone-change.
Identify and add in the main light and dark areas. Using a shading stump and the necessary pencils, fill in the transition tones. To better see the shapes of highlights and shadow, squint your eyes until the face isn’t recognizable as a face, but rather a collection of tonal blobs.
Model the remaining areas. Continue as above until all areas are modeled.Sign it. And you’re done.
Thus, once I finished drawing, I came back to my dark apartment to snap a photo.
Once the key is established, and the lightest and darkest values are in place, the intermediate values need to be introduced. Again, this can be done procedurally, by identifying and shading/highlighting the areas which are slightly lighter than the darkest darks and slightly darker than the lightest lights. Continuing recursively in this way, the tonal values eventually meet in the middle, and the drawing (or the relevant part of the drawing) is complete.
To check, I then sighted the angle between the two new points, ensuring this angle matches what I see on Derren’s head.
The first module of the course focuses on mapping out the portrait, which includes determining the shape of the head and locating the features.
I finished up my key, by adding shadows to the lower face and the back of the head, and was ready to begin modeling the form (finding the intermediate values between the darks and lights).
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This portrait has two big advantages over my self-portrait: 1. The tonal range over the face is much greater, and 2. The midtone of the face matches the tone of the paper.
In fact, in order to draw a reasonable portrait, you only need to know the two following skills:
I continue with my black pencil, darkening the other eyebrow and the hair.
Yesterday, I started following along with the Vitruvian Studio portrait course, and began drawing a portrait of Derren Brown.
There are also clearly major differences, like evaluating and mixing colors, general painting hygiene (letting paint dry, etc.), and best practices I’m probably not yet aware of.
In 20 years, even if I don’t practice from now until then, as long as I can remember triangulation and outside-in shading, I will be able to fully replicate my results from this month.
You may even want to draw thin lines around the pores with the 4H pencil to create more contrast and detail.
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With Derren, I wanted to ensure the portrait emanated three-dimensionality, so I pushed aggressively on the contrast of the portrait. I also didn’t care much for the micro-gradations of shadow/light, as I was more concerned with the correctness of the bigger shapes.
I picked up some new blending stumps today, and went to work smoothing the value changes over my face and neck. Here’s the result…
I’m definitely eager to start a new challenge, since I like the idea of always being in pursuit of something (which maybe suggests that I need to learn how to relax). Nevertheless, instead, these past two months, I’ve finished both challenges on Day 24 (of the month), and thus, needed to wait, without a challenge, for a week, until the next one began/begins.
In the course, the teacher mentioned that it’s good to start with a small area that exhibits the full range of tones.
It almost feels unnatural to add tonal values to the sketch, as if I’m defacing something I worked hard to create.
Next, I start on the prominent eye. This is where the real defacing starts, as it’s going to be a while until it doesn’t look like I’m wearing makeup.
Tomorrow, I’ll make some minor tweaks, sign it, and hang it on the wall.
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Tomorrow, I’m going to go through my previous posts (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and write up a “Portrait Drawing Cheat Sheet”. Then, I’m going to break down the cheat sheet into isolated, practicable skills and drills, work on those individual skills for 1–2 weeks, and then start working on my self-portrait to finish off the month.
Less purposefully, I chose a photo where the midtone of my face was darker than the paper.
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Today, I’m going to practice finding the correct proportions of the subject’s head using a few celebrities: Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, and Morgan Freeman.
Establishing the key is straightforward, and doesn’t require much visual interpretation (i.e. it’s easy to find the lightest lights and the darkest darks).
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Today, after another 2.5 hours of work, I finally completed my Derren Brown portrait.
With the features in place, I next blocked in shapes for the shadows and highlights.
Clearly, I have some amount of obsessive compulsiveness going on, but I’m curious to know what you think…
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However, in my past three posts (I made a mistake, Intentionally defacing my self-portrait, and Fighting for photorealism), I’ve tried to interrupt this trend, and share some of the day-to-day challenges I face.
The first thing I did today was add construction lines to my drawing. These construction lines are designed to act as landmarks and help me eventually place the facial features.
With an HB (#2) pencil, very lightly scribble the forms that create the illusion of volume. Draw, erase, redraw and erase again. The thick watercolor paper will serve you well as you erase many times. The key is permitting yourself to make a multitude of mistakes until you begin to see progress. If you look at an old drawing by a renaissance master, you may notice many stray lines, which reveals the great struggle that sometimes takes place as the drawing is developing.
When keying the drawing (and developing tonal values in general) it’s important that the shapes of the tonal areas are captured accurately.
I added in the center line of the lips and the shadow on the nose.
Ideally, work from a very detailed, high resolution photograph with good contrast. If you have a graphics editing program, such as Adobe PhotoShop, crank up the levels until all the details are dark enough to see. Use your computer screen to zoom in on the details. Being able to see a close-up of a particular facial feature makes it much easier to draw something with photorealistic detail.
Traditional drawing is certainly way harder than digital and it is true that people are able to progress much faster digitally, but one should learn the traditional type of drawing and painting before starting digital drawing, since it often lays out the foundation for screen design.
Side note: Here’s a video of Derren Brown, the subject of my portrait, when he used to have hair, experimenting with some of these alternative methods of painting. It’s a pretty cool trick.(If you’re going to watch, stick it out until the end).
I’ve create a highlight on the cheek with very light shading transitioning out into darker shading with the mechanical pencil.
Now shade with the soft lead of the mechanical pencil. Continue to discover interesting shapes and patterns. Notice that part of the lip looks a little like an E.K.G. rhythm strip. Also notice the little nicks around the edge of the lip and how there are dramatic differences between the lights and shadows. The teeth are not white, but in the shadow of the lower lip.
Since, without deconstruction, the kitchen table doesn’t fit through the bathroom door (I tried…), I needed to find somewhere else to work tonight.
Here is my “Portrait Drawing Cheat Sheet”, which features step-by-step instructions on how to draw a portrait.
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I start by blocking in shadow areas near the mouth, on the forehead, and on the neck.
After seeing these, I decided I too would like to be the kind of person that casually paints impressively good portraits on the side.
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I think that’s a pretty cool thing, so look out for my Medium post in 20 years.
Last month, I memorized a shuffled deck of cards in under two minutes, which required obsessive, consistent practice. If I were to stop practicing, over time I would lose this skill.
And while my most recent self-portrait is a major improvement, and does look very much like me, I still do have some quick critical thoughts on it, which I’ve broken down into two parts: 1. Likeness and 2. Artistry.
With the topmost and bottommost points identified, I then needed to identify the leftmost and rightmost points.
Today, I continued working on my self-portrait. Although it’s coming together nicely, I made a mistake upfront that’s definitely costing me now.
However, now that I’m trying to carefully model the lights/shadows of my face, I need more light.
To me, drawing is a bit like doing your laundry. Before you do it for the first time, you feel it’s much more complicated than it actually is, and thus, you feel incapable of trying. Then, you’re shown that doing your laundry is only a matter of putting your clothes in the machine, pouring in some soap, and clicking a button. Much easier than you thought.
Here are two portraits that I made for my cousins Adam and Marissa.
Watching Derren paint, it seems like there are clear parallels between shading a drawing and painting a portrait: He sets a mid-tone color, adds the lights and darks, works his way towards the middle, and then adds detail.
I continued shading the darkest areas along the right side of the face.
Measuring success for this challenge is certainly more subjective than last month (where I successfully memorized a deck of cards in less than 2 minutes).
The first stage is the hardest part of the drawing. You are solving a difficult problem: how to create a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object. This example is particularly difficult since it is a three-quarter view, and will depend on careful observation.
Once you’ve made the drawing of the face, you’ve essentially completed the portrait. If you wanted to, you could frame it and invite others to appreciate the weight and linear continuity of the composition. It might not look out of place in a museum of modern art hanging next to a drawing by Alberto Giacometti. So feel free to admire it for a while, appreciating all the interesting lines and what might look like accidental or random marks.
Arguably, the contrast of the Derren Brown portrait makes it a more visually compelling portrait, but this is another topic completely (first, I wanted to master accurate portraiture before tackling well-composed portraiture).
Rather than writing another M2M post today, I’ll encourage you to check out that post if you’re interested.
In most of my posts, I tend to be pretty positive (i.e. “Whoa, today went better than expected…”, “I’m really pleased with today’s progress…”, “I can’t believe how good this is…”, etc.).
Tomorrow, I’ll starting adding tonal values (i.e. shading) to the drawing.
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In order to accurately see tonal shapes, and avoid psychological errors, I’ve found one method to be surprisingly successful: squinting.
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Tomorrow, I’ll go swing by the art store and pick up a few fresh ones.
To create hair, draw long lines with firm pressure with the mechanical pencil. Notice the highlight hairs appearing.
With all the steps documented, it’s now time to deliberately practice the most important skills.
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Nine days ago, I began my 30-day quest to learn how to draw photorealistic portraits. Since then, I’ve watched the entire 10 hours of the Vitruvian Studio drawing course, as well as spent 14.5 hours working on my first portrait.
So far, so good. Tomorrow, I’ll start blocking in the features.
Here’s my attempt to locate the peak of his head, the lowest point of his chin (which is located on the chin’s left side), the leftmost point of his cheek, and the rightmost point of his ear.
Nevertheless, even with these critiques in isolation, the portrait as a whole comes together nicely and captures a strong likeness. Thus, I’ve left it as is, since I care more about an overall likeness (versus a non-cohesive collection of individually accurate features).
M2M Day 33: There’s a science to drawing portraits, and it’s all based on trianglesToday, I spent 2.5 hours starting the drawing course and beginning my first portrait.medium.com
Anyway, I think the takeaway is that I need to invest in a better pencil sharpener…
Today, I didn’t have too much time to draw. So, I quickly progressed the Matt Damon sketch I started two days ago.
I left all my drawing supplies behind, so I’m definitely not drawing any more this month.
Below is a detail of the hair showing the effect of soft lead over the impressions left by an HB pencil. Continue to darken.
In my life, I’ve created a fair bit of (what I’ll call) art. However, I’ve done so, not by relying on well-developed fine art skills, but instead, by cheating my way through the artistic process.
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Although today’s darkening session improved things, the portrait still seems a bit odd and unbalanced because of the nakedness of the mouth and cheek. I’ll start tackling those areas tomorrow.
This sounds obvious, but again, your brain and visual system can play tricks on you. Your brain is attempting to see a face (via your psychologically skewed, emotions-based mental model of a face), and not just tonal blobs.
In other words, after practicing for about an hour per day for 26 days, I majorly improved my portrait drawing skills.
It’s still hard to tell whether I’ll be successful, but we’ll find out soon…
I continued in this way, until I outlined the entire shape of the head.
I’m happy with the result, and actually think the self-portrait looks a lot like me.
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So, I sighted the correct angles, and adjusted the construction lines accordingly.
Thus, to set a baseline for this month’s challenge, I’ve drawn a before self-portrait with my current drawing skills. Although it’s not the absolute worst thing ever drawn, it sadly doesn’t look very much like me.
Just looking at the sketch, the head shapes seems a little narrow for Matt Damon. But, overlaid on the photo, it seems to match up.
Instead, I got caught up making micro-changes to the parts of the portrait I’ve already worked on (the eyes, nose, forehead, etc.). It seems I can make small improvements forever.
Today, I practiced triangulating the complete head shape and gauging the level of features.
Today, I spent a couple hours working on the eyes and nose area of my self-portrait.
During the sketching phase of my self-portrait, I didn’t need to see precise tone, so sketching at night was no problem.
The relative tones of the face to the hair are much more accurate now, which helps with realism.The shape of the hair on the left side of the portrait wasn’t quite right, so this gave me the chance to fix it.Here’s the before…And the after
However, before I make it happen, I thought it would be fun to share some of my previous works.
In January, 2016, I was just starting to develop the itch to draw/paint portraits. In an attempt to make something that was commercially viable (to cover the cost of materials), I decided to paint a portrait of Donald Trump.
For now, before I get to the painting, I’ll start off by mastering the drawing part of program.
Dig hard with the 4H pencil to prepare the shading of the eyelid.
Again, I think this is okay compositionally, but it’s still a bit of a problem — particularly, for two reasons.
Lastly, I blocked in the main structures of the ear and added an outline for the beard.
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With these techniques newly-learned, I began to add tonal values to my Derren Brown portrait.
My CritiqueThe face shape is accurateThe level of the features is accurateThe angle of the features is accurateThe center line curves a little too quickly as it moves up between the eyesThe neck shape is inaccurate — I especially misestimated the starting point of the neck on the right side.
Above the right eye, the angle of the head/hair is too steepThe peak of the head is too steepThe angle of the hair above the ear isn’t steep enough
Before, I get to that, though, let me first share today’s progress.
To do so, tomorrow, I’ll focus, not on perfectly detailing the mouth and cheek, but instead, broadly blocking in the right tonal values.
Again, we will be digging hard into the paper with a 4H pencil (see below). This will create larger pores and wrinkles to be revealed by the dark soft lead of the mechanical pencil going over the 4H marks.
In other words, if the highlight on the forehead is angular, drawing it with rounded edges wouldn’t properly capture the form.
Purchase some cheap mechanical pencils, the kind that you can buy at the grocery store (see below).
Here’s a close-up of the mouth. I’ve turned up the contrast so you can better see the lines and shading. Notice there are no straight lines in nature. All contours are melodic. Try to imagine these shapes as islands on the horizon. Squint your eyes and see an archipelago in the pacific.
Considering where I started only nine days ago (see the before portrait), it’s hard for me to believe that I actually drew this. It’s not perfect, but I’m definitely excited about the outcome.
In other words, if I can remember the process, which, in my opinion, only depends on two very straightforward insights, I will always be able to draw at the level I can now.
I continued with the upper part of the beard, and finished up for the day.
Begin shading the nose with soft graphite ovals. Notice the shadow of the nose on the right side of the face (her right). Please excuse the glare of the lamp over the left eye.
After 7.5 hours of work (2.5 hours over the past three days), I’m finally hopefully that this portrait will resemble Derren Brown.
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While I am still very positive about this project, and happily take on the micro-challenges, I thought sharing some of these things would be more interesting than writing about how every day is always better than the last.
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