How to Sketch a Quick Portrait

Artist: edison / December 25, 2011

Step 1.

Sketch main object lines with B pencil. Try not to press too hard

Step 2.

scrape some graphite from your 2B pencil(powderize) and apply it with a soft brush. It will be your mid-tone...

Step 3.

Lift excess graphite with a kneaded eraser to define base tone limits/edges.

Step 4.

Start drawing the eyes with a 4B pencil. If you draw with your right hand, Start from left to right... I guess its common sense why.

Step 5.

Start adding details little by little...don't rush. Build tone layers one at a time...

Step 6.

Sharpen your 4B pencil for some finer details. Concentrate on your focal point primarily with the eyes. One mistake and all your effort will be wasted...again, don’t rush...just draw what you see on your reference and forget all technical methods i   

Step 7.

Apply a light tone by passing a clean brush over the whole drawing... Do it lightly.

Step 8.

Create highlights using the knead eraser and finally, clean your drawing. If you want a softer detail and want to achieve realism, use tortillion for finer blending, this artwork was done with marsmagno (staedtler) graphite pencils B,2B,4B,(6B for v   

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Artist: edison
Date Added: December 25, 2011
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Tags: how to draw faces, draw realistic, how to sketch, sketching in pencil
Description: This step by step tutorial will help you create a professional looking portrait in 2 to 4 hrs.