Life Drawing Vs Drawing From Photographs – Learn To Draw From Life

When trying to learn how to draw it is important that you pick a subject that will both challenge you but at the same time is not so hard that it discourages you. So the question is,

“What kind of drawing subject should you focus on?”

The answer is to draw things that you are familiar with. But draw them in a different and more challenging way.

In addition, you should try to draw single objects in isolation instead of trying to tackle an entire scene. Just pick something from your house and start drawing it as best you can.

Should you draw from life or from photograph?

Whenever possible, you should try to draw from life as it will give you the best result and you will improve much faster.

However, this can be difficult for people who are beginners, so it’s fine to start drawing from photos first. Just make sure that you eventually transition to drawing from life.

One thing that will help you to connect to the photo that you are drawing better is to take the photograph yourself.

But once you are comfortable with drawing from photos, it’s time to switch to drawing from life.

When drawing from life, try to view the object from an angle that you are not used to. This will force you to really observe the object instead of relying on your memory.

A great place to start is your own hand. It’s always available, easily in sight, and can be positioned in all sort of different positions.

Here are some more ideas to help you practice your life drawing:

- If you are used to draw slowly, try drawing very quickly. That will put you out of your comfort zone. And if you draw quickly, try drawing slowly for a while and see what you can pick up.

- Keep challenging yourself and try drawing in styles that you might not have consider. You don’t have to adopt it forever, but at least try it out.

- Try drawing moving objects, like people or animal, as this will force you to observe quickly and capture the essence of the subject quickly.

Now all that’s left to do is practice, practice, and practice some more. For more drawing tutorials, check out these articles: how to draw a portrait, how to draw lips, how to draw a nose, how to draw eyes.

 

How To Draw Lips Step By Step

Drawing Lips Step By Step Tutorial

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Drawing Mouths – Shading And Shadows

Being able to draw lips is one of the most important skill of being a portrait artist. Next to the eyes the lips are the most expressive parts of the face.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you step by step how I draw a realistic set of lips for my portrait drawings. This lesson picks up on the foundation that we’ve set in the first tutorial on drawing the basic outline of your portrait, so if you haven’t gone through that lesson yet, you can check it out here: Step 1 of drawing a portrait.

If you’d like to learn more about drawing realistic portraits, check out Christopher Sia’s popular drawing course, “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery Home Study Course“.

It has detailed step-by-step instructions to help you draw life-like portraits of people, even if you are a complete beginner. He also has a lot of free lessons, so check out http://pencilportraitmastery.com/

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The Key To Drawing A Nose Realistically

Drawing A Nose – How To Draw Realistic Noses

NOTE: This tutorial on how to draw noses is brought to you by “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery Home Study Course“.

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In this second portrait tutorial, we are going to focus on drawing noses.

Out of all the features of the face, the nose is probably the easier one to draw. Why? Because the nose doesn’t really do much in terms of conveying emotion. It is more or less static.

Don’t get me wrong though. It is still very important for you to get it right when drawing noses, but at least it’s easier than drawing the other facial features.

Now the important thing to remember when learning how to draw a nose is to avoid hard lines. The 3 dimensional appearance of the nose is actually created by the shadows and shadings.

When drawing the nose, we can achieve the 3 dimensional look of the by using shading, hatching, and cross-hatching techniques.I will demonstrate this in the illustrations below.

How To Draw A Nose Step By Step

First, create the basic outline of the nose on your drawing paper. Despite what I just said, it’s OK to use hard lines at this stage of drawing a nose, because we will remove them later.

drawing a nose realistically step 1

 

drawing noses step 2

how to draw a nose step 3

 

noses drawing final stepNotice how the shading on the nose gives it a 3D look and make it seem like it’s actually sticking out of the face. Also, notice how the parts of the nose that stick out the most are white. This is something worth noticing about shading.

pencil portrait mastery courseAnd if you want really great tutorials on how to draw noses as well as the other facial features, you should check out Christopher Sia’s drawing course called, “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery Home Study Course

It has detailed step-by-step instructions to help you draw life-like portraits of people, even if you are a complete beginner. He also has a lot of free lessons, so check out http://pencilportraitmastery.com/

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