8 Easy Steps To Drawing A Portrait

Step 1: Choose An Appropriate Reference Picture. In the first step, you will learn on how to choose a reference picture that’s right for you to draw. Some pictures are harder to draw than others, and many beginners jump into the wrong picture, only to give up and never try again. In this step, you will learn how to select a fitting reference picture. The best part is, you will draw more quickly and with less frustration once you know what type of pictures to draw.

Step 2: Organize The Position, Outline And Proportions Of The Features. The position of the features is the most basic element of a good drawing and should be done correctly. Imagine your frustration when halfway through the shading, you realize that the position of the features was wrong. 

Step 3: Eye Drawing. The eye is the most expressive feature of the face and is key to capturing the likeness of your drawing. Many people start looking your drawing from the eyes then only to other parts. Indeed, the eyes are often the first part of a portrait that people notice. For this reason, most of the artists pay special emphasis to eyes.   

Step 4: Nose Drawing. The nose is one of the easiest features to draw because it doesn’t do much in terms of giving emotional response for your drawing. Finding noses hard to draw? That’s often because people only focus on drawing the other facial features.   

Step 5: Mouth drawing. The mouth is the second most expressive feature of the face. In some cases it communicates emotion more strongly than do the eyes. Drawing the mouth correctly often makes a portrait perfect, the portrait comes alive with a well-drawn and well-shaded mouth. When you draw and shade on the mouth correctly, it suddenly has an energy all its own. 

Step 6: Ear Drawing. Most of novice painting skip the part on teaching ears drawing by covering the ears with long hair. And even if they did mention the ears, it’s very quick and doesn’t go into details. Ears come in many shapes and sizes and are unique to each individual. For drawing ears, you will need to get the spacing between the parts right. 

Step 7: Hair Drawing. Drawing hair is important. Everything else might be perfect but if the hair looks like a bird’s nest or is flat then it will affect your entire drawing. Yes, drawing hair is complicated and frustrating, and often the results are terrible if only you go about it the right way, and do steps in the correct order. You can’t draw every single strand that would be on a person’s head. But you do need to add enough distinct strands to give your drawing a clear texture and form of hair. Drawing hair correctly can change the look of your drawing dramatically. 

Step 8: Face Drawing. This is the final step of drawing a portrait. In the final step you should provide the finishing touches to shading the forehead, cheek, and jaw. if you have basically mastered these, I’m confident to say that you’ll be able to draw portraits of your friends or family members.


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