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.
If you would like to purchase a graphite portrait, go to my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/
I run competitions often on my Facebook and Instagram pages so please pop over and have a look.
I am now on Redbubble! You can get phone cases, hardcover notebooks and other things with my paintings on https://www.redbubble.com/people/chrissyturley
I hope you enjoyed seeing a step by step approach to my Graphite Portraits.
Well I’ve finally finished, nearly 30 days of non stop drawing or painting! The final piece in my this Challenge is a portrait of my family. My world. My life. The reason I am who I am.
When I started 30+ days ago, the extent of my drawing abilities was not great.
A drawing I did a few weeks prior to starting this challenge. I am so utterly proud of how far my graphite drawings have come. I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved. Before this art journal challenge I would never have called myself an Artist. Now I do. I know I have a skill and talent that I can improve on, and how far I’ve come in just 30 short days is just amazing.
It should prove to all of you, that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything!
If you would like to view my current work for sale, please go to my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
I have 2 competitions running on my Facebook and Instagram pages so go check those out as well!
Cheers and thank you for watching me grow over the last 30 days!
We have more lip practice today. I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. No matter how far I still have to go. I am really loving Graphite. It gets a little messy but I love it. For the next 4 days of my 30 Day Art Challenge I will be producing 2 pieces. One Acrylic Landscape of Stretched Canvas and one Family Graphite Portrait. I’m really excited to see how they come out.
If you would like to see all of my the pieces that I have created, go to my etsy shop – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
I have 2 competitions running in my Facebook and Instagram pages. Go and check them out for your chance to win a free print!
Lips, lips and more lips. It’s all fine and dandy to be able to draw things straight on. If I want to be really good, I need to be able to draw things on angles too!
If you’d like to see my paintings and some graphite sketches please go to my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
To keep up to date with all my Art Works like me on https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30. There will be extra sneak peaks at what I’m doing. There is also a competition running at the moment on my Facebook page to win a free print. Be sure to enter!
More hair today! Here is a little video of me in action. I was waiting for my son to finish play group. Luckily I bought my iPad and journal with me! I’m loving hair, it takes time and concentration but it’s very rewarding when you have the finished product! Ignore the sound, kids were playing, cars were coming in and out and women were yapping!
To check out the paintings and sketches I have for sale go to my etsy store https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
To join in on the competition to win a free print, go to my Facebook page and view the pinned post! https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist. To get sneak peeks on what I’m up to follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30