When I start my commissioned graphite portraits it’s fairly straight forward to begin with because I don’t have to choose what to draw or what size it’s going to be, the customer does that. So all I have to do is draw what’s in the photo we have agreed on. Which to most sounds easy, but it’s not really.
I start by sketching the outline, and general shape of everyone’s head and body shape is. I look closely at the size and position of each face.
Then slowly I fill in the facial features of each person. I will make adjustments to face shape as I’m doing this.
Then I continue to add shading and value to the piece until I’m finished. I try not to look at the picture as a whole but break it up into shapes and shading. Sometimes I will have to change the pictures slightly. For instance, for this one I took the sun glasses off one person. So I had 2 photos to merge together.
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I hope you enjoyed seeing a step by step approach to my Graphite Portraits.
EYES EYES EYES!!!!!! It’s all about the eyes! I love these drawings, I think I’ve done a great job and I can’t wait to put them into some sketches. I took some advice from an Art teacher friend of mine and have started drawing each different component of the face. Noses were first and now eyes. I need to work on my hair and my lips as well.
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Here’s a little extra piece I’ve started!
Thank you for all your kind support,
Isabelle’s eyes! This kid of mine is just amazing. She’s sweet and kind and clever. And her eyes just as amazing. So, I’m not great at faces. I do need to work on them – a lot! I’m breaking them down to components and then I’ll try to put them all together.
Here are my angels eyes, not perfectly done but I don’t think it’s a bad go. I especially love the purple eye were I have only used red, blue and white Acrylic paint to produce this. I am fascinated with only using 3 colours to create a painting.
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