You may not be quick on the draw, but these suggestions will help you make your mark
Portraiture is hard, especially if you know the person – it’s easy to notice if the likeness isn’t spot on. Suffice to say, you won’t become Leonardo overnight, but if you want to improve your skills, using this process may be helpful...
- Forget what you think you know about the face. Don’t bother about the details initially – consider the whole head. Lightly sketch out the structure of the head first, using an H or HB pencil: focus on the areas where the bone structure is closest to the skin: cheekbones, brow, forehead, chin and jawline.
- You could draw a very light line down the middle of the face to centre the nose, and another for the eyes so they don’t go wonky later.
- Shade in the shadows with a softer pencil (something like a 3B). Again, go lightly. You could take a photo and change the filter to black and white to help you work out where the shadows should be. Keep blending, using your finger or a smudging tool.
- Finally, add the details, such as the eyes and lips.