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Portrait Drawing Lessons - Learn to draw portraits

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Learn how to draw portraits and faces like a Master

There are numerous methods to portrait drawing. But they can all be categorized into two approaches: drawing from the inside out and drawing from the outside in. The former is the purview of the untrained artist who, inevitably will stumble their way through art.

The most common beginner's error is to start with an eye and 'grow' out the face from there. Once in a while you will get a decent drawing but such a method lacks both unity and consistency.

Drawing from the outside in is far, far superior, particularly when it comes to painting.

When you are beginning to draw a portrait the first, all-important step is to establish the overall outside shape of the head. Most artists call the outside shape the contour, envelope is also used. I prefer to call this initial step striking the arabesque. This entails accurately gauging both the height/width proportion and the actual shape.

It takes the trained artist less than 30 seconds to sketch in that outside shape ... it is a lightning quick dash that speaks more of a fast paced dance than a laborious study. If terminology implies intent then arabesque fits the bill.

The likeness of your portrait is determined by that initial big shape. Everything else is subservient to it. From there it is a matter of breaking down the big shape into the smaller corresponding shapes such as the features, hair, neck, etc.

No one is born with this skill. We all have had to acquire it.

Portrait Drawing Lessons and Tutorials are FREE
Portrait Drawing Lessons and Tutorials are FREE

Michael Britton, Copy of Rubens' Isabella Brant, Sanguine/Black Conte

From accurately gauging and striking the outside shape (the arabesque) of the head to the finished drawing is a skill that can be taught to almost anyone.

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How to Draw Faces and Portraits

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