Sketching portraits is more than just having big fun; this is a talent and skill that will make you everybody's best friend.
Portrait sketching or sketching people may seem like a lot of technical work, however, with practice and perseverance, you are going to be the best portrait sketcher on your block.
You don't need to have a live model, just use a photograph of a face you know pretty well. This might be a friend, family member, your favorite rock star or actor.
To make your first attempt as prosperous as possible, draw a face that you have passion for to push you through the humps. Use your best artistic eye to pick the dominate details of mass, lightness and darkness and you are on your way to a fantastic first attempt.
Getting Started With Sketching Portraits
Stand before your blank canvas an envision your finished product in your mind. This will give you a reference point where to block the paper for the head, ample room for the hair, a little bit of neck and shoulders, and a empty space of a margin away from the edges. Just like viewing an 8 x 10 head shot photograph, your sketch should fill the page and command the proper space. Assume that your subject is sitting before you at eye level to avoid complicated shadowing and artist frustrations, then select the shape of the face from a round, oval or heart-shaped outline.
The eyes are the window to the soul and are the first thing to capture the attention of the viewer. The human eye is situated in the middle of the face, although it might look a bit strange when you first begin. To add depth and realism to your eyes, give the lower rim an inside lip with a light stroke and add contour with pencil strokes to create the iris. Eyebrows and eyelashes are done with careful light strokes building hairs, shape and shading one line at a time.
To get your measurements correct, block off a proposed location for your mouth and create your nose first. The rest of the face will revolve around the well-crafted nose and fall into proper position.
A person with almost any color of hair is going to have highlights and dark strokes of deeper pigment. To create this effect, draw your hair component one stroke at a time and envision an angle where the light is going to hit your drawing. The angle of light will hit horizontally in several spots depending on the length of the subject's hair. Your highlighted areas may be lightly smeared with pencil or charcoal or left blank to create the illusion of healthy, shiny hair aglow.
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