Portrait drawing and learning materialsSome time ago I got question about how I approach portrait and face drawing. I posted about it on Tumblr, but I thought why now share my thoughts here on DA alsomannequin-atelier
The first thing if You want to do portraits is to know anatomy. Start with learning what is under the skin and understand how it affects the face. When You got that covered You must know how face is structured. That will give You the knowledge how to light head. Head is a cube-like object. (yea! NOT sphere!) On face we have other little cube-like object (nose).
A great exercise is to find photos of a face and draw structure lines over it.
You see clearly now? The structure of a nose, where cheeks are, forehead etc.
After doing this You will be able to create the face from a memory using these helping lines.
Like here. This is Michael Hampton exercise:
You see how everything fits thanks to the structure lines?
Drawing a face requires TONS of practice. Find thousand photo references and practice.
I've been drawing since I was young with slow progression. So far, DeviantArt has given me so much inspiration to try new styles as well as given me tips on the styles I have been drawing. I create works in both traditional (pencil) & digital formats along with photography. As you can probably tell from my gallery, I tend to focus on the female form, mostly ranging from real-life references to pop-culture characters. I've been meaning to draw more male figures from my favourite movies, games and shows though.|
I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Computer-Based Design at University & am in my second of three years. I am majoring in 3D Design & minoring in e-Media & Game Design. I'm enjoying the experience of uni, especially the people there that I can easily relate to, along with learning new tools for my future career. After my degree, I hope to advance into the gaming industry with my 3D modelling skills that I will have learnt over the course of the three years.
I have been a huge fan of Star Wars since about the age of 4/5 when I believe I first saw Episode I. I much prefer the original trilogy over the prequels, since the prequels have an odd tone to them that makes them feel as if they don't even belong in the same timeline as the original films. The order of my favourites to least favourites is:
1. Episode IV - A New Hope
2. Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
3. Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
4. Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
5. Episode II - Attack of the Clones
6. Episode I - The Phantom Menace
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