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How to Draw a Portrait

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Marina Nukala

on 15 January 2013

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Transcript of How to Draw a Portrait

Marina Nukala How to Draw a Portrait "The aim of art is to represent
not the outward appearance of
things, but their inward significance."
-Aristotle

Today I will teach you the basics of drawing a portrait. Specifically, how to combat negative thinking, how to properly prepare your workspace, and the basics for getting started with drawing portraits. Getting rid of negativity Stop comparing your art to others'! This stops the flow
of creativity and damages inspiration. This thinking is holding you back from discovering your true potential. Art is a very self-reflective medium; it's what you want it to be. Additionally, be patient. No one became a famous artist overnight. Likewise, art pieces look a lot better the more time you put in to them. Many drawings can take up to eight or more hours to fully complete. How to properly prepare First you will need a well-lit room. This makes it
easier to pin-point shading and incorporate small details.
A clean desk space can also help. The least amount of distractions is preferable. Art takes focus and time. Easily achievable with the right mindset and workspace. You will also need art supplies in the medium of your choice. An eraser, blending tool, and reference image are preferable as well. How to begin sketching First, begin by drawing a simple circle. This will
become the skull of the person you are drawing. Follow up with beginning the jawline. As simple as possible. Draw lightly, because we will erase these lines later. Next, begin adding more reference lines.

The line down the middle centers the image, and represents where the nose will be located on the face.

The curving line above marks approximately where the eyebrows would be. Now begin marking where the eyes, nose, and mouth will be located. The more precise the sketching, the easier it will be to detail. (And ensure as correct as possible proportions. Shading Shading is very important to creating an image that is identical to your reference. An important idea to note is value. Value is all the shades and hues that can be used to create depth and realism within an image. At the top of the image is an example of values with several different colors.
The blue squares beneath that highlight all the values that can be achieved with a single color. Detailing is the last step in the process of drawing a portrait. Detailing is the going over again to increase value and contrast and to add any small details that may have been previously missed. An example of a drawing that I had begun detailing. In conclusion In conclusion, today I taught you how to draw a portrait. Furthermore, how to stop negativity, have everything you will need together, and finally begin drawing. So the next time you're struck with inspiration don't hesitate to grab your preferred medium and show off that talent.
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