Drawing a portrait from a photograph is a rather complex process that requires knowledge and skills

Drawing a portrait from a photograph is a rather complex process that requires knowledge and skills

Drawing a portrait from a photo at first sightseems to be a very complex, almost impossible process. But, as you know, nothing is impossible for a reasonable person. You can learn everything. In this article you will find practical tips on how to work properly with this drawing, and visual material that will facilitate the task set before you. So, let's start by getting acquainted with a rather complex process of drawing - portraying a portrait from a photo using a simple pencil. Despite all the complexity, this can be learned. The main thing is to choose the photo you like and to take advantage of the advice of already experienced artists in this business. To begin with it is necessary to familiarize with bases of drawing, to learn anatomic features of construction of a head and the person, well, and, naturally, practical employment. Do not be discouraged if at first you do not succeed. All comes with experience. The subsequent drawings will be better and more saturated each time, close to the original. Over time, you will learn how to accurately reproduce a real image, transmit all shades and textures. There are several important tips that will be useful to you when drawing a portrait of any average person:

  • the width of the nose corresponds to the length of the eyes and the distance between them;
  • The length from the tip of the nose to the chin is always equal to the length between the lower point of the nose and the eyebrows;
  • the length of the mouth of the person being represented will correspond to the distance between the pupils;
  • height of the ears is similar to the distance from the mouth to the eyebrows.

And one moment. Do not try to cover everything in the picture at once. Drawing a portrait from a photo always takes place in several stages, step by step. Now take the selected photo of good quality, pencils simple 6B, 3B, B, as well as eraser and paper. Drawing a portrait from a photo. Photo №1 Based on the shape of the head and face, thin linesyou need to put on paper their contours, as well as the contours of the hair and face details (eyebrows, lips, eyes, nose, mouth). Next, we divide the image on the plane, with which we denote all the details of the face. Be sure to remember the features of the face structure. The eraser needs to remove unnecessary lines. Now you can begin to draw all the elements, facial features. After a partially completed work, look at the photo to compare the drawing with it. Even if everything suits you, take a little respite and compare again. Thus, you will see inaccuracies and will be able to correct them. Drawing a portrait from a photo. Photo # 2 Drawing a portrait from a photo. Picture №3 That the portrait had the closest resemblance tothe original, it is important to correctly draw all of its elements. Pay attention to the eyes. They should be very expressive, which is achieved by observing the shape and their position and reflect the glare of light (on the eyelid and the iris of the eyes). As for the eyeball, it remains white with a small shadow, falling from the century. When drawing a nose, watch for proportions and shape. Expressiveness of the ears depends on how correctly their position on both sides of the head. Often they are hidden under the hair. And yet, the shape of the ears of a man and a woman's ears are not particularly different. Therefore, the technique of their drawing is identical. Drawing a portrait from a photo. Photo №4 Drawing a portrait from a photo. Photo №5 Before you start shading, you shoulderase all inaccurate and unnecessary lines. Then try to identify areas of shadow and light. Hatching should start from the darker areas of the pattern. Eyes and skin do not need to be darkened too much. During operation, you can rotate your drawing so that it's easy to apply strokes. After applying the main strokes, you can also do half-tones. At this stage there is an underline by halftones of such sections of the portrait as the skin of the face, elements of clothing, hair. Using the eraser, we highlight some of the details of the portrait, which include the eyebrows, lips, chin and nose, or rather its part. With the help of the same eraser, you can also draw individual creases on the face, which will give the drawing a greater similarity to the original and breathe life into it. It remains to slightly darken the individual parts of the neck, hair and ears and make a background. Drawing a portrait from a photograph can be considered complete. Drawing a portrait from a photo. Photo №6