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!
Another graphite sketch today. This time of my little man. He’s just adorable. We were walking along the sugar loaf mountain when we took this photo. I really love the way the graphite blends and becomes smooth. It takes a little practice, and a lot of time but it’s totally worth it. Here is some more of my work.
If you would like a custom portrait done please visit my etsy store where I am currently taking a few commissions on. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
For the two competitions I’m running to win Prints visit my Facebook and Instagram pages!
https://www.facebook.com/chrissyturleyartist and https://www.instagram.com/chrissyturley30
I love this graphite sketch. It’s one of my favourites so far. I didn’t have a reference photo for this one so I kinda had to wing it. The drawing itself gives the impression of movement so I’ve called this piece ‘Girl Dancing’. She is now available as a print in my etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ChrissyTurleyArtist
I love to watch the birds in our garden. One of many visitors to our little but beautiful part of paradise.
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