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Portraiture lesson

by John Hagan

Portraiture lesson

Author : John Hagan

Tutorial submitted on November 9, 2006

To study draw a portrait using the 'inside-out' method.

 
 
 

Time : Allow 40min
Aim : To study draw a portratit using the 'inside-out' method.
Materials : The sketch pad, HB and 4B pencil, eraser, a ruler for measurements if need be.

Allow five minutes to for the quick sketch test. Two minutes to do and three to mark. Swap, display and title if necessary.

Mostly everything we draw is based on regular solids such as cubes, spheres, cylinders and pryramids ... or a combination of them all. In this lesson we shall be using a sphere, a half-pyramid and a cylinder.

Sphere

Pyramid

Split pyramid

First we construct a light circle in the approximate position and size shown below.

Draw another circle in the position shown (exactly one full circle apart). Using a nice 'sickle moon' arc describe the edges of the shadows that will give the spheres some depth.

Shade in the shadow parts of the twin spheres.

Copy the eye shapes from my drawing being careful to keep them level and sketch the little inside corners as I have done.

Add the eyelids and circle in the iris and pupils as shown below. To make the eyes look right or left you would position the pupils accordingly.

Shade in the pupils and irises. Remember the pupils are actually holes and therefore shadows.

This tutorial comes from John Hagan

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