How to make portraits
How do make portraits??? How to get more advanced in portraits???please give a site to actually learn how to make portraits... This pic is the best I could come up with.
Rhea, I'm an artist, and this is one of my portraits. It takes time, and lots of practice, to be able to do any type of artwork. My suggestion would be to hit YouTube or Pinterest, and search for "how to draw faces". There are a lot of different approaches, styles, and media, and you just have to try a few before you find the one that clicks for you.
I found that drawing portraits, as any other subject, improves with practice.
Treat portraits as you would approach a landscape. It's all about planes, surfaces, volumes, and values. The less you think about the part you are drawing (ie eye, nose, ea) the better. I like to focus on the shapes and values. If that's hard, try to draw upside down, it will help you see more objectively. Hope this helps.
Whenever I'm having trouble sketching a figure out before painting (Ex. Faces, animals, etc.) sometimes thinking of the form in its entirety makes it harder to draw. To fix this issue I'll break down the figure into basic components. For a face, start with an oval, refine the shape to suit your needs. Draw your lines to position features, nose, eyes, mouth, and then build on top of that foundation, darkening your lines as you go, adding shading, erasing and refining. I'm no professional at portraits, but this technique always helps me out a bunch!
I highly recommend the book, How to Draw What You See. Here is a link:
https://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-What-Yo … at+you+see
This is one that I did several years ago. I did take art classes, but I found that book most helpful.
I still work in graphite and pastel, but I do more photography. You can see my fairies at www.lauratallo.com.
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