How to sketch faces? Tips

Portraits can enliven the sketch

I love portrait painting, especially for how human faces brighten up as a result. It seems like a companion / friend appears on a piece of paper.

When looking at painted portraits after a while, I see certain emotions that a person experienced at that time.

Portrait painting – is a commercially hot topic

Despite the availability of photography, many people dream of getting their portrait and, of course, order it from the artist they have fancied. There are different portrait sketches: starting from agile chronicle sketches and ending with full-fledged realism, stylized illustrations and even caricatures.

The aesthetics of the drawing depends on the author in everything, often the proportions of the face are changed to emphasize the character more strongly.

Models for portraits can be not only people

Try to paint sculptures, figurines, or even dolls. A great option is to draw puppets / marionettes. Their facial expressions are greatly exaggerated. This facilitates the task of conveying similarities. Gives an excellent reason to reflect style in the portrait genre on your own.

Draw animals to overcome realism

In sketches, immediacy is much more important than similarity. To overcome the block of realism can be difficult. One of the tricks I recommend is to draw animals.

When drawing animals, we get acquainted with the joint system, symmetry, angles – everything that is also characteristic to the human figure. Often we encounter the texture of the fur, and by that we figuring out how to work through the people’s hair.

Animals can be drawn from photographs, from life in zoos and, of course, you can involve your pets.

Drawing from life

How to catch what makes us special, because everyone has two ears, a nose and two eyes (or not?! but then it’s much easier for you to get into character, remember Van Gogh!).

The most obvious and effective way to capture the type and its nuances is to draw from nature.

Human turns in front of you, changes his posture, tilts his head, change facial expressions. A series of quick sketches will lead you to a certain constant, to some constant denominator, which is traced from any point.

It can be a characteristic nose, an eye or a jaw shape. Watch your model in dynamics and draw, sketch, paint. And then, catching your breath, draw again, but more thoroughly and with understanding of nuances.

Draw using reference images

Drawing using reference images is much more comfortable. Model does not spin and drawing is measured. This allows you to calmly mark out the proportions and give sufficient time to details.

But the artist is tied to one angle, perhaps not the most characteristic one, and something accidental, and not characteristic, could become part of the frame. Therefore, when choosing the source images, it is best to use a series if possible to clarify incomprehensible moments from other photos.

Create self portraits

One of the most effective practices in matters of the genre is self-portrait. That’s where the artist is given complete expanse: obedient and patient nature, lots of photos to choose from and a loyal customer. Self-portrait in sketch technique is no exception.

Draw yourself from different angles, with different hairstyles and accessories.

This will help you to keep track of which features remain unchanged in your portrait and give a true resemblance, what adds atmosphere and mood.

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