In this Blog Portrait’s, we find the Basic information, we need to use, to attempt, Portrait Drawing. Hopefully the information I set out, helps to give you a Complete picture , off how to create The Portrait , that Represents, the Likeness of your Model. I have also linked some helpful Videos and information. I will make four, attempts at Portrait Drawing, which I have used from reference photos, from Free Photo Stock. In my Portraits. I am attracted to the Colours, and the media to use, to complete the Portraits.
Portrait Drawing Tips For Beginners- Drawing a Portrait can seem a Real challenge if you are new to Drawing from observation. There are so many things that can go wrong, if your Drawing is not in proportion, or you have No concept of how to Represent the basic features, of the Person.
Portrait drawing is The form, and shapes, of Drawing from observation, that focus on Depicting the human face, its characteristics, and expressions. To draw a Portrait, from observation, you need to Complete some basic, specific tasks, to Represent the portraits, likeness correctly.
Videos: of Portrait drawing techniques- bing.com/videos
- How to draw a Portrait with Charcoal/Realistic Drawing Tutorial. ( You Tube- Kirsty Partridge- 19.29 )
- How to Draw a Portrait Easily/Tutorial for beginners. (You Tube- Art by Ali Heider-12.00 )
- Portrait Critique– Fine Tips for Drawing A Portrait Likeness. ( You Tube- 13.35 )
How To Draw A Portrait
- Draw an Oval Shape- this is the First and most crucial mark you can make. When commencing a Portrait drawing. Think about the Type of shape you want to represent. Long, thin, fat, or thick, the variety of Human faces is immense. So the character you want to serve, needs to Be clear from the start.
- Draw a Centre line– the next Few tips are essential, with dealing with the Underlying proportion of Head and face. Draw a Centreline down the center of your Portrait. A vital mark as this is how you Build a framework of underlying shapes, created on the Proportions, Developed from the centreline.
- Measure the Halfway point on the Center Line– to find the Halfway point. You can Compare visually, to see the location. Draw a Horizontal line from One end of the oval to the next.
- Draw the Eye level– needs to be drawn with a Faint line across the face. Beautiful details, will not be able to be added, if we see heavy construction lines.
- Subdivide the Eye Level into Five Sections– when Learning to draw, a portrait, the early Stages of proportion and construction are very important, because these lines add the Most important lines on the face. From this action, the Redrawing features of the portrait can be drawn. So Sub-divide the eye level horizontally, into five equal parts. The outline of the eyes is drawn on the points created, by the Dividing of this line, into five equal parts.
- Draw the Outlines of the Eye– focus needs to be On drawing the outline, which will represent the eyes. The human face, is Different, in shape, size, so you consider the look, you are drawing from your observation.
- Subdivide the Bottom half of the Face and Repeat– the Focus is to focus, on drawing a line to Indicate where the Nose and mouth will be drawn. If you Make these proportions correct, later in the Painting these features can be illustrated in greater detail later.
- Measure the point on the Bottom Half of the Face– double check that all the Proportions are correct and measure the spaces, with a pencil, by comparing the areas on your drawing, with what you see in Front of You.
- Draw the Nose and Mouth– now you can add more detail to the Portrait, by drawing the outline, of the nose and mouth. Remember to Draw a faint line.
- Draw and Represent, the Jaw line– is the Bone structure that defines the Shape of the head and the face.
- Add the Neck and Ears– The mark needs to be level with the Mouth on the Jawline. From these points, on Both sides of the jaw, you draw the neck.
- Draw the Hairline– remember that the top of the Oval, is the Crown of the head or skull bone. The hair is One aspect of the Portrait, which develops as the Character off the person you are drawing. Quickly draw fine lines, which help you create, The impression of fine flowing hairs.
- Draw Eyebrows– draw the Hairs above the eyes and eye lashes, this stage adds a subtle detail to your portrait.
- Begin to add Subtle Details to the Various Features– This next stage is to add Tone and shading to the features of the face, the neck, jaw, and hair. Adding all this detail is time – consuming, because you will need to Observe the, fine detail of the individual features and then you Slowly and progressively add the Detail to your drawings. ( All the above information in the, Improveddrawing.com ).
THE Above Information, 12: Principles of Constructive Drawing- in the Drawing Academy.com ( Very Useful Information )…
Start Drawing: Techniques for Pencil Portraits, https://www.skillshare.com/classes/start-drawing-techniques-for-Pencil
Drawing is art that is accessible to anyone. Originally a self- taught Artist, I learnt a lot through practice, and alone. Then through studying Tutorials, posted by peers online, and Taking classes with professional artists. By studying the works, of the old masters. I have been able to Reach a new level of Art Knowledge, that I want to pass onto willing Art students… ( this information, is from an Artist on Skill share, who teaches on this platform )
Which media to use for Portrait paintings?
The importance of colour in Art History?- Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, show how colour can be Used powerfully to capture a feeling.
- Watercolour pencils– Techniques and Tips… https://www.montmarte.net/slow/watercolour-pencils
- Watercolours– How to draw and Paint Watercolour Portraties for Beginners… https://www.solving-watercolour.com-to-draw-portraities
- Crayons– How to create a Crayola Crayon Portrait, https://the postmansknock.com/how to create-Crayola-Portrait?
- Oil Pastels– How to use Oil Pastels, ( Easy Peasy, Art School ) https://easy peasy art school.com.au/use-oil-pastels.
The Paintings that follow Below, are all made using the reference photos of Portraits, from Free Photo Stock, from the Internet. Made on Creative Acid free, Watercolour Paper, A4 size. The back ground colour is made from a mix of the same Acrylic, Mont Marte Semi-Matte Colours, Cadmium Yellow and a small amount of, Yellow Orange. The background colours look different, because less or more water is mixed into the Colours. The Colours are applied to the Watercolour paper, separately.
I then used the different types of Art Medium, in each painting, to complete the Painting. I made the Paintings, with different media, because I like to Work in colours, and I was Curious to see, what the result would be for each of the Portraits?
In Conclusion, I Honestly think, no matter which Colour medium an Artist uses, especially in my Situation, the Result is similar and fine for the Paintings, I have Portrait Art Created.
Serene. Watercolour Pencils. Marie Crimi. 2020…
Blondie. Watercolour. Marie Crimi. 2020…
Sweetest Girl. Crayons. Marie Crimi. 2020…
Casual. Oil Pastels. Marie Crimi. 2020…
How to get Commissions for Portraits?
Videos – You Tube:
- The 5 Stages of a Successful Portrait. Commission, Allain Picard, August 23, 2017, 5.07.
- How to get Art Commissions, in 2020 ( Tutorial ), Dan Ekis, 31 March, 2019, 12.54.
- Commission Guide, ( Part 1 ) Advice, Information page, and Free resources. Nadiaxel, April 26, 2019, 14.34.
How to Frame Portraits-
- You Tube- How to make a Unique Photo Frame at Home. Globe Studio One, July 16, 2018, 5.10.
- You Tube- Large Screen Digital photo Frame, mguerrand, October 24, 2018, 4.15.
Why do Portraits- https://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-portraits. Portrait painting continues to Grow, it is an old Art Form, going back to Ancient Egypt, 5,000 years ago. Before photography, a Painted or sculpted, or A drawn portrait, was the only way to record the Appearance of Someone. What was very Expensive, is Affordable for every Person Today…
In concluding this Blog on Portraits, so Many things can go wrong, if you are Drawing a Portrait from observation. To draw Excellent portrait’s, you need to observe your Model well and Get the proportions correct, at the Start, of the drawing. In History, in order to Record an image of a person, A painting or a sculpture, had to be made. Today we have many Ways to record an image of a person, and it is Affordable to create, in Whichever way you Choose.
Thank you for visiting this Blog, I hope you found the Information useful and hopefully, it helps you to Attempt to draw Portrait’s, well. Do not forget, to Like and share this blog.
Have an Excellent week, remember always to social distance. See You ALL next time.