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Learn how to Draw Portraits

By May 29, 2012

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face proportionsThe human face is an endlessly fascinating subject, and you'll find everything you need to get started with portrait drawing right here. If you are new to drawing, its a good idea to start with the basics, learning the skills that you'll need to apply when you tackle portraits. Many of us learn by copying photographs, and that's fine, but to get a good sense of the head as a three-dimensional form, nothing beats drawing from life. This means bribing family members with candy and a DVD to watch while they pose for you!

Related resources on Drawing / Sketching:
Proportions of the Human Head includes basic head construction.
Drawing the Head from Life shows you how to apply the proportions.
Drawing Eyes - essential for a lifelike portrait.
Drawing Noses - not as tricky as you think.
Drawing Hair shows you how draw long and short hair.
Drawing Children - points to consider when drawing portraits of children.
Portrait of a Prince considers the role of the portrait artist.
Show off your drawing and browse other readers' work in the Portrait Show 'n' Tell


March 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm
(1) LaRae says:

Love the face you have shade. I am taking a drawing class and a colored pencil class andI I hope to do a portrait in each class.
Thanks for sharing

June 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm
(2) soma taufeeq says:

i dont know how people can draw soooo goood !!!
just wondering is this a natural talent or does it come with practice ???? i love drawing portraits of people but im not goo =(

June 18, 2012 at 4:36 am
(3) drawsketch says:

Yes, Soma Taufeeq, you can learn to draw very well indeed. It can take some time. A little bit of natural instinct for art can help, but it very much is about practice and learning. There’s no point in practicing making a mistake – you have to look at ways to improve! Beginners often want to draw great portraits straight away. But the human face is very complicated – it’s a good idea to practice lots of different subjects, as well as exercises on shading, perspective and so on. See the ‘Learn to Draw’ tab above and start working your way through the beginner lessons.

You really can learn to draw very well. Be patient!

July 31, 2012 at 10:06 pm
(4) soma taufeeq says:

thnxx for the advice. your amazing !!

January 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm
(5) photo to pencil sketch says:

Thank you for info, Like drawing especially portraits.

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