Portrait Sketching 101

About this session

We will work through my newest book "How to Sketch Portraits".

Portrait Sketching 101 Portrait Sketching 101

Entry requirement

You must have completed at least one session of: Sketch 101: See the world as a sketch artist!.

This portrait session assumes you are comfortable with:

  • Sketching technique
  • Cezanne's method
  • Michelangelo's method
  • Creating form with tone

Sketch 101: See the world as a sketch artist! Sketch 101: See the world as a sketch artist!

What will we learn

Portrait types:

  1. Profile
  2. Front
  3. 3/4 view

Beginning approaches to portrait sketching:

  1. Caricature and visual imagination
  2. Line and tone (pencil and charcoal)

Beginning approaches to facial features:

  1. Eyes
  2. Nose
  3. Mouth

3-D modelling

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I use 3-D modelling in the session to help you analyse the faces we are sketching.

Caricature

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Caricature and iterative learning.
We do our first sketch and then consciously exaggerate the vertical and horizontal dimensions.
Monet was an expert caricature artist. Caricature is one of the most effective ways to exercise your visual imagination.

Line and tone

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Using a combination of pencil and charcoal to create a very quick and expressive sketch. This example took about 60 seconds.

Profile view

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Profile views.

3/4 view

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The most common portrait is the 3/4 view, as it presents an assymetric and dynamic view of the face.

Student feedback

Thanks for such an enjoyable session! I certainly feel I could now approach drawing a portrait. Loved your 3-D software.

Therese.

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