Drawing A Picture of Your Nephew

Do you enjoy drawing family art portraits? If so, then drawing a picture your nephew is a way to create a special piece of family art. A couple of years ago I drew a picture of my nephew that was inspired by one of my favorite pictures that I took out at the Pinnacles, which are large boulder strewn hills in the San Bernardino Mountains. The magnificent boulders framed my nephew magnificently in the photograph, which makes for a lovely sketch as well. This was the first sketch I had made of a person in about twelve years, so I viewed this as my way of getting back into drawing people as it were. I decided to use bold colors for this composition to really make the picture I drew of my nephew stand out once it was framed, or put in my scrapbook with my other art work.

Here is the YouTube video I made showing the finished result of the sketch I made of my nephew.

The finished picture of my nephew.
The finished picture of my nephew. | Source

Above you can see how the completed drawing of my nephew turned out, but the photographs below show the progress from start to finish. This was my first drawing of a person in twelve years, so it was an initiation process of getting back into drawing people.

Drawing My Nephew: The Sketching Process

Here is the outline sketch I made of my nephew.  My new favorite thing to do is to first sketch out the shape of the head until I become very satisfied with it.
Here is the outline sketch I made of my nephew. My new favorite thing to do is to first sketch out the shape of the head until I become very satisfied with it. | Source
Here I am beginning to add more details to the sketch of my nephew, such as the shading on the clothing.
Here I am beginning to add more details to the sketch of my nephew, such as the shading on the clothing. | Source
In this step in the sketch I am beginning to add the facial features to my nephew's face.
In this step in the sketch I am beginning to add the facial features to my nephew's face. | Source
I am also continuing to add the features to my nephew's clothes.
I am also continuing to add the features to my nephew's clothes. | Source
Adding even more details to my nephew's clothes in the sketch.
Adding even more details to my nephew's clothes in the sketch. | Source
The shading is coming along during this phase in the sketching.
The shading is coming along during this phase in the sketching. | Source
Here the sketch is really coming together.
Here the sketch is really coming together. | Source
I used the reference photograph to add the boulders around my nephew.
I used the reference photograph to add the boulders around my nephew. | Source

As I sketched the picture of my nephew I continued to add more details to the composition.

I particularly like how the shadows are looking in this phase of the sketch.
I particularly like how the shadows are looking in this phase of the sketch. | Source
Another picture of the sketch.
Another picture of the sketch. | Source
Drawing a picture of my nephew crouching down by some large boulders.
Drawing a picture of my nephew crouching down by some large boulders. | Source
Yet another picture of the sketch before I added the color.
Yet another picture of the sketch before I added the color. | Source

As I sketch I like to take pictures of my progress so I can see how my drawing evolves over the course of creating a composition.

Adding more details to the sketch I am making of my nephew.
Adding more details to the sketch I am making of my nephew. | Source

Once the drawing was complete, I started coloring in the illustration with colored pencils.

Here I am beginning to color in the top boulder in the background.
Here I am beginning to color in the top boulder in the background. | Source
Here I am adding shading on the top boulder.
Here I am adding shading on the top boulder. | Source

The part of the illustration that I enjoy the most is when I slowed started adding colors to the background, which made it come to life.

Coloring in the rest of the boulders.
Coloring in the rest of the boulders. | Source
Almost all of the boulders have been shaded in during this phase of the sketch.
Almost all of the boulders have been shaded in during this phase of the sketch. | Source

I loved shading in each of the boulders and I had a fun time picking out various colored pencils for each one. The boulders are not exactly as these would look in real life, but that is the fun part about drawing and sketching - being able to pick your own colors.

Soon I will start coloring in my nephew.
Soon I will start coloring in my nephew. | Source
Here I am coloring in my my nephew's hat and gloves.
Here I am coloring in my my nephew's hat and gloves. | Source
Another picture of my nephew's gloves colored in.
Another picture of my nephew's gloves colored in. | Source
Here I am beginning to add the deco blue color to the shirt.
Here I am beginning to add the deco blue color to the shirt. | Source
Here the shirt is completely colored in and the drawing is beginning to look a bit more like an actual picture.
Here the shirt is completely colored in and the drawing is beginning to look a bit more like an actual picture. | Source
Another picture of the drawing almost completely colored in.
Another picture of the drawing almost completely colored in. | Source
Now the picture of my nephew is completely colored in, and I am liking the result.
Now the picture of my nephew is completely colored in, and I am liking the result. | Source

The favorite part of sketching is finishing the piece to share with my family and friends.  Now I plan on drawing more people now that I have started again.

I like how vibrant the completed sketch of my nephew turned out.  A picture near a small creek is very reminiscent of hiking and exploring in the mountains.
I like how vibrant the completed sketch of my nephew turned out. A picture near a small creek is very reminiscent of hiking and exploring in the mountains. | Source

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful and I liked this picture. I thought you are very talented. Thanks for share with us. Have a nice day!


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Aya Katz 5 years ago from The Ozarks

I've really enjoyed watching the sketch progress into a finished work of art.


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SteveoMc 5 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Thanks for the progression photos, you make it look easy, but if it is not a stick figure, I'm sunk.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Wow! its amazing. You are very talented Sweetpie. Your drawing is very good.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Wow! its amazing. You are very talented Sweetpie. Your drawing is very good.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Sweetie Pie, I love the way you did the progressive pictures. What a job you did.


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enb.biba 5 years ago

wawawa is great hub

thank you very much


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

I may have learned something about drawing finally. Thank you SweetiePie. I wish I could explain my car hubs as well as you explained this.

Great work, and a wonderful result!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

How cool to see a picture of your nephew come to life step by step. Very inspiring. thanks so much for the great peek into your artistic talent and tips. :)


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Wow, appreciate all the great comments!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your helpful series of built up a drawing. You are great.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Hello, Hello!

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