Drawing Faces – Creating The Basic Structure Of Your Portrait Drawing
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This will be the first tutorial in a series of lessons on how to draw realistic faces. In this lesson, I’m going to show you how to create a basic outline of the face that you are going to draw.
Introduction To How To Draw A Portrait
A lot of people have the misconception that drawing requires artistic talent and that you either have it or you don’t. To me this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is, when it comes to drawing (or any other skills) what matters most is determination and passion for the art. So if you have the drive to become a great artist, I will provide you with the proper instructions. Deal?
Ok, so our goal here is to learn how to draw a human face. Drawing is a creative endeavor, but if you are a beginner at this, then I suggest that we make the task of learning a little easier by starting off with a more simple, step-by-step approach.
Although these lessons tend to focus on how to draw faces for beginners, even if you consider yourself an advanced portrait artist, I ask that you still stick with these lessons anyway. You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn from them.
Ok, enough talking. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Select Your Portrait Reference Picture
Now before you rush off and start flipping through magazines or photos to find a picture to draw, let me give you some quick tips on selecting a good reference picture. Not all pictures are the same and if you select a bad picture, it can make the process of learning how to draw a female face very frustrating.
So what makes a good picture? Well, first off, black and white photos tend to work best for portrait drawings. The black and white colors make it easy for you to see the contrasts and shadows.
Also, you won’t be confused by the many shades of colors, which can make it hard for you to shade your drawing.
Also, select pictures with good lighting so that the shadows are clearer. Avoid really dark pictures.
And lastly, pick big photos where the facial features are easier to see. If you can’t find one big enough, consider scanning the picture and then enlarging it.
Step 2: Creating Your Drawing Grid
Our next step is to create a square grid that goes over the reference photo. The grid should consist of 1 inch by 1 inch squares (or you can use whatever unit of measurement you want. Just make the size of the squares consistent.)
Next, draw another grid on your drawing paper. It is important that you keep this grid in scale with the grid that you drew on your reference picture. In other words, if the grid on your reference picture is 10 squares by 8 squares, than you need to make sure that the grid on your drawing paper is also 10 squares by 8 squares.
Try to make these lines as light as possible (but still visible of course) as you will erase them once the portrait is completed.
The purpose of the grids is to guide you and make sure that all the features that you draw are in the correct places and also proportional.
So in the next few steps where you begin the process of how to draw a girl’s face, you will simply draw what you see in each square in the reference picture on to the corresponding square on the drawing paper.
Step 3: Begin Filling In Your Portrait Drawing
Using a 2B pencil to follow the grid to draw the outline of the eyebrows. You’ll notice that the use of grids make this task pretty easy.
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