Tips to Draw Realistic Portraits

Drawing a realistic portrait can be a very hard task for most people when first learning to draw a portrait. Though there are many useful tips and tricks to help not only make your portrait look more realistic but it will also help you use your time more wisely. When I was a young teen…

Drawing a realistic portrait can be a very hard task for most people when first learning to draw a portrait. Though there are many useful tips and tricks to help not only make your portrait look more realistic but it will also help you use your time more wisely.

When I was a young teen I began drawing portraits and teaching myself many tricks to help make my portraits look more realistic and to manage my time. Occasionally, I increased my time tremendously and was drawing portraits in about 1.5 hours. This was very helpful because I started receiving requests to draw friends and family.

What you will need to begin drawing is a photograph, piece of sketch paper, and a drawing pencil. Everyone has their own preferences when choosing drawing paper, pencil, and the size of the photograph to draw from.

Based on experience; It is best to draw an outline of the human face first. Here are some tips to help draw the face. This is the order I always used.

* Eyes first: The distance between the eyes is the same length as one of the eyes;

* Nose next: The width of the nose is the same distance between both eyes;

The length of the nose is one and half the length of the eyes;

* Mouth: The edges of the mouth line up with the eye pupils;

* Outline of Face: From hairline to eyebrows, is the same distance from the eyebrows to the top of the nose. This is also the same distance from the tip of the nose to the chin.

* Ears: The ears begin at the eyebrows and end at the mouth.

Other useful tips include:

* Use the tip of your pencil to help measure facial features.

* Always start with a soft leaded pencil. If the pencil is too sharp or the lead is to hard and you decide to erase something; it may show a shadow or indent in the paper of what was originally drawn.

* Use a kneaded eraser. Kneaded eraser's are great because they can be used repeatedly and they do not leave any marks or dust on the paper.

* Do not rush to finish just because you are anxious to get done. If you started out taking your time, continue to do so. You can see a difference when the drawing is complete.

* If something does not look right to you and you can not figure out what it is. Walk away for at least an hour. When you go back to the drawing; it is usually obvious at that point what needs fixing.

* Always welcome constructive criticism. Asking people to critique your artwork will help gain satisfaction and speed.