Portraits are one of the most favorite drawings among artists as every face is unique and requires a bit different approach to the drawing. Although many artists have been drawing portraits for a long time, not all of them can produce a realistic one. This article will give you the short explanation of drawing a realistic portrait so make sure you follow our short guide to become a skillful portrait artist. Remember, it takes a lot of effort and time before you master the portrait drawing. The key thing is that you do not rush, so you do not miss anything or draw an incorrect line.
Unless you are drawing a cartoon-like portrait, you will want to draw a circle as the start of your project. Now, make two lines from both sides of face downwards so they form a nice triangle. Then draw a curve line that starts from the tips of triangle and ends in on the tip below. The next line is a vertical that you need to draw in order to divide your face in two halves: draw two sets of parallel lines across the face so you could use this as the orientation for nose, eyes and other details.
Now sketch up the nose, mouth, eyes and eyebrows, using the horizontal line and vertical ones as your guidance. Make the border lines thicker and make hair, neck, and shoulders using all the curve lines. At the end, use the color pencils or whatever you use to add colors and form a nice realistic portrait. Remember, the coloring comes at the end, when you are done with sketching and drawing.
Always use a light pencil when you are starting out as you need to sketch up the portrait. The details always come in the end, once you are finished with the outlines and main elements like eyes, nose and mouth. Remember, the more elements you draw, it will be easier to create realistic details.
How many times have you seen a realistic drawing or awesome abstract painting and you just could not believe someone could draw it so realistically? Every job has its own secrets and tips that make it easier and it is the same thing with drawing. Once you start your drawing journey, you will need to improve your skills constantly. Whether you are drawing an abstract art, or portrait, these tips will be useful to you and the process of improving your skills.
It is of utmost importance to possess several different pencils when you are drawing. The detail that you must know is the hardness of the graphite, where B mark marks the softer one and H designated the harder one, while HB is “in the middle”. These different pencils you will use for different parts of the drawing, as you cannot to the details and elements with the same pencil. Also, it is advisable to use mechanical pencils, as they provide a lot more precision than the regular ones and these are often mark with the HB mark.
Mark-making are inevitable part of drawing, as you will need to fill in your shapes and drawings. You will need different mark-making techniques in order to achieve the different styles and effects. There are generally six techniques, including: scribbling, small-circles, finger blend, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling. Each type is used for different elements and you simply practice these all the time, so you could predict which one is the best for a specific element and detail.
First of all, have in mind also that you need to adjust the grip of the pencil. If you hold it closer to the end, you have more control and precision while otherwise you do not have precision but you have lighter strokes. Now, when drawing lines, make sure that these are dynamic and different, meaning that a subtle shift in line width will add more creativity and cool look. Just experiment with different pencils at different angles to master the lines.