Process 5. Portrait Drawing
Once I've received your order and photos I can begin... As I draw, I try to think not about objects (nose, ear, mouth,) but about shape, shade and edge. The other focus is on how shapes relate to one another. It is fascinating for me to sit back and see how those shapes and shades become a nose that seems to pop off the page. The steps I use I learned, in large part, from Lee Hammond's book "How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photos." I use a grid to establish a light line drawing of the dominant shapes in the portrait. I fill those shapes with "color," shades of graphite. A dark triangle, a lighter grey moon shape, a very light oval, a highlighted "candycane." From this base of shapes and shades, I smooth, blend and sharpen. I try to accentuate the feeling of the photo. I use graphite pencils, various erasers and blending tools. Part of the surprise, for me, in learning to draw portraits, was that I use equal amounts of each of these tools. I draw, blend, erase, draw, blend, erase... all toward producing richer blacks, brighter highlights and a striking balance.
eMail me if you have questions! -Holly
Portraits by Holly
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