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Anyone can draw portraits with DamiansART

Damian Smith, Artist and soulscape explorer

Anyone can draw portraits with DamiansART

Damian Smith, Artist and soulscape explorer

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13 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Anyone can draw portraits. Intro

    • 2. What you will need to draw

    • 3. Setting up your drawing

    • 4. Getting the proportions

    • 5. How to shading

    • 6. Shading

    • 7. Shading continued

    • 8. Final bit of shading

    • 9. Highlights

    • 10. Blending

    • 11. Putting in the dark accents

    • 12. Finishing touches

    • 13. That's a wrap. Now your turn!

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About This Class

The class looks at how to draw a graphite sketch portrait commission from start to finish, the tools used to save time and get the right desired effects.

Students can watch along with the demonstration and then create their own portrait.

The class is for anyone interested in drawing, even those with no experience drawing.


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Damian Smith

Artist and soulscape explorer


Hello, I'm Damian. Through my art I explore the connection between humans and the spirit of the natural world around us. My paintings often look at these themes through beautiful dreamscapes, sometimes taking literal references from people and places I have come across, and at other times capturing the essence of an idea through fantasy and imagination.

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1. Anyone can draw portraits. Intro: Hi. Thanks for joining me. My name's Daniel. Today we're gonna look, it's drawing portrait. So guys who stepped on stage, I had to draw a portrait side that anyone can get. So the idea being that you can watch along, I have a trying portrait yourself. So we're starting off with. This is a reference for we've been asked to do a commission drawing off. It's German here on in product that we out with ease of reference Skitch off the portrait years. What's wrong with me? We'll go through some tips, tricks and some of the tools we use, and hopefully, by the end, you'll be confident enough to have to get yourself. 2. What you will need to draw: so way going, Teoh. A portrait commission. So here's the original drawing that we've been asked to draw. So obviously we're going to draw that graphite so converted that Teoh high quality grayscale at the A four sides that we want to drool. Zoom Dean and you feel Yeah. Archers 200 GSM smooth press paper. It's a little like books here, say, or a lot pad. So this makes it a little bit quicker to get some marks and guides when we're doing things like portrait sketches together proportions, right? The other ways that you can do it is drawing up a grid of squares to give you the dimensions and the proportions for your drawing. Or you could even just hold your drawing up with the drawing under it onto a window or on top of the glass table and put a lights on on it, and that should make it more transparent. So we'll switch on the light pad. Yeah, that works. Yes. Oh, that's coming through. Nice and clear. It gives us a good idea of drawing that began to be working with. Remember, use the light pad. Ridge is gonna make some markings just to get the proportions, and that's it. I find that if you rely too much on the like pad, you end up restricting your flow of movement in the drawing. So it ends up holding you back from adding the personality to the jury. So we'll use that as little as possible about Well, just use it to get started with me. Get cracking with the drawing the other tools were going to be using. Today we've got a blue gammy races, So the way they work, you just pull a maid the eraser Teoh. Heat it up. And then, rather than a traditional rice of like traditional eraser, where you would rub it into the paper, rubbing into the bay, pickin sometimes damage the five is a little bit so I prefer to use thes type of blue gum eraser, and they work more like a pushing poll said. Just lifts the pencil rather than rubbing into the father to remove. We've got a set of pencils, so before I start today, I'll go ahead and sharpened all these so they're ready to go. Eso using Derwent Graphic set of 12 ranging from H 3 to 9 b, their grade that will be using today will generally stick to to be 3 to 9 b so they're nice . Soft lead, um, things like Portrait's where you want a bit of itself to finish. Come back to force. I got a pencil extended. We probably white need one of those in this drawing because all the pencils pretty decent size that I think they'll way down to the point that will need a pencil extender at this time. But it's good to have one on hand just in case. Got a couple of blending tools that will use in the later stage of the drawing as well. So they just dismayed over skin texture and get a bit of a softer finishing in the areas that we want. So, OK, guys after the solid as well. The alternative is you can use a brush as well for a bit of a soft, smooth smoothing over of your pencils. So that's good with skin texture, where you don't really want a a sharp point in there where you wanna really smooth finish, so brushes you need. We've got a couple of options with their sharpeners on hand, so I got the traditional manual sharpener. They're great. They're small, easy to use portable if you're drawing out about as well. I do find that with the electric shop, and they're a bit more consistent in not breaking the lead for your pencil on and getting a really point pointed lead on the pencil as well. They a little bit noisy that bothers some people doesn't help me, but it's good to have both. Just in case you're you are wanting to travel, it's good to have the menu one as well. These generally aren't that convenient to fit in your travel kit. 3. Setting up your drawing: so we'll get started with drugs. Switch on the light pad it started with you. Turn that right up. If you are wanting to get the most out of your life pad, it helps to turn off the other lights in the room or even shut the blinds toe. Make the room really dark and then your lines turn up. You better. We're not that concerned with its very say orders. Leave it as use. Do have a couple of other lights set up in the ring for drawing toe given nice, even light and their with what lights as well. So play. Don't give that bloom. Watch that yellow ken Distant lights can give. Say it keeps nice, eaten like throughout the room. So if if you're near a window, clouds go over the sun than that benefits. Have your eyes of focus scenes. It's going to have a nice evening, like while you're drawing as well. So just give it a quick shop and you might be the noise. Get out of that. So what we're gonna do first just get through and makes him white, very light markings. So we're just making the pencil very federally to touch the paper, so we need at this 0.1 of these lines we'll draw over or some of them. We might even remove Teoh different line, then city your bond because you go when you're moving around the drawing. It's always good to think about what feels natural for how your hand flows. If you're moving in a natural direction for your hand, you'll find you get a much Mary than more controlled line. Whereas if you were to try and like that, for example, you get sharp lines and your gallant directions that you didn't really want to go. I always think about how your hand naturally moves and work with. That commission came as a request for one of my uncles birthdays. SE If you get to watch this Uncle Kids Happy Birthday. 4. Getting the proportions : thinking about portrait drawing is you can scale up or down on the amount of time and detail that you put into the drawing. So if it's a drawing that you really want to spend a couple house and you can just thinking about the amount of detail in the style of Children and scouts suit time that you have putting. So so that could be really important when you're thinking about costing for commissions that you do as well in this drawing today, probably spend a couple of hours. Obviously, I'll speed that up in the video for you. Yeah, I would like to get this done in a couple of hours. Really nice to get some of these lines in the shirt as well fills out the picture a bit more, so it probably won't go into the detail of all background. That's in this particular fairly. But I think in the show, you know, it's just a fade that so the cornices. It's always nice if you can have a few photos of the person that you're drawing the conditional so you can see a few different angles a bit more of that personality coming through in the face is well, particularly if it's in this case. It's my uncle, So tonight, very well. But if it's someone that you don't know, it helps to give you a bit more confidence, ineffectual features and what they generally look like. So you can see from the original that we're working from and through the, um, natural drawing that we're working with, Um doesn't look like much during a moment said, We'll get busy with some some shading in there. 5. How to shading: if you haven't had much experience with Scheiding and quick, too. No exercise that you can do to familiarize yourself fears, too, to a bit of a grayscale just on your papers say no idea of how the different pencils give you different depths throughout your joy. So we're working with the truth. Be here. So on the lighter end, if you get on the same direction, it starts to give you a bit of a and even time. And then if we were to jump that up to five, that a quick shot. Yeah, that's good. So you can see how shop points on the pencil the electric shopping gave us, and we do the same thing. So we've gone from a to b upto five B, applying small level off pressure and you can see it's a little bit different in outcome. If we put the five b the TV, we get even more coverage and a little bit darker again. So as we get a damn well, just lighten out. Such that gives us a bit more tone to it if we then jump up to for a nine day here. So that's a top into their sky with care If we get on with that at the top in where we wanted it to be darker Aziz, we made there. We just like now touch a little bit. You can see we've ended up with Doc through the light, so I just want using three pencils. We've got a good range of tired in there. Um, later, we will be using the blending tools and some Russians. So if we were to look at those, he just got over it with a brush and it just smooth it over. Get rid of some of those details from the pencil. Some of those lines that we once a hide a little bit and just maze over the pencil. Us. Okay, We're all shopping up the rest of my pencils, and then we'll get started with the actual drawing. 6. Shading: already. We're back into it on. So it's like a clean piece of paper here that I'm going to use three of the drawing just to rest my hand on. So the idea being that as a drawing that I dragged my hand through the drawing generally just keeps it all a bit cleaner. And NATO, Another tip is also to wear possible, start in the top left hand corner and work your way down. Obviously, that depends on whether you're left or right handed on, but yet that way it also avoids driving a hand through the drawings. Well, so it's gonna starting with some base shading. Justo, fill in some some of the block depth at the moment, and we'll start with the to be. It's also important to remember that you don't need to be too precious at this point because we are going to build up the detail quite a bit through shading as we go is. So the main thing at this point is just to get down some. It's a natural holding the pencil right towards the back just so we can get a nice light touch with pencil and get a nice, smooth swinging movement with the pencil toe build up shading. So we want to keep in the same direction as we going so that we I think it's many lines sticking out in the shading eso different top drawing techniques you might cross hatching and that sort of thing that we're looking at Graphite dreams reporter. It's where we want it to be, soft and natural. We want to follow the natural lines in the subject that we're drawing. So as you can see here, the shade sort of follows that Grady in Aram the, um, circular center of that so full of assimilation, When would you argue upto a four B? - And at this point, we just want to jump up one more upto a to be just to get a bit more depth through that curve of the gonna be more depth perception, and that's what will put into this section at the moment. And then we'll move on to another section. So as you can see what sort of already breaking the drawing down into smaller sections, it could be a bit overwhelming if we look at a drawing that you're gonna do and think of it as one whole drawing. But it's a lot easier to break it down into smaller, - and that's pretty good at this point for that section. So we'll just keep going bit by bit and we'll fill in the rest of the title value and then we'll go back in and do some blooding from the. 7. Shading continued: 8. Final bit of shading: 9. Highlights: So now we're just gonna give in quickly with some of the kneading eraser. Just put some of those highlights back in. You see, I'm a cheap there. A large get really fine to just run turning hair a little bit. You see, that is the line on the back of the show, which is actually quite a lot went up doing that background time, this drawing. So we're just gonna lift that out as well. You see, there's still a slight indication of it, but it's not a spam was the lawn was from me. True. Do that lightly on the other side here. That's well, we were just pressing lightly. We're not putting too much pressure. They arrested because we don't want stock differences in what were amazing here. This slight little highlights. Nice highlight around the neck of the colorless. See if we can lift a little bit of that. So that's already looking a little bit better 10. Blending: we're going to go in with that blending, too. Just blend some of the shading together. Much jump between the blending tool on a brush, depending on which part do any say we want sharper lines Will gives blending to where we want skin time Like in here. What does she is a rush. 11. Putting in the dark accents: so that's looking pretty good after blending. What you were modern noticed is that in the prices of blaming, we lose some of the doctor accents. What will denounce would just go through with one of the doctor pencils? Probably 80 or a nine b on just got through and put some about Dr Accents back into the George. 12. Finishing touches: so I think that's okay with the accents. Just give any one more time just to lift any highlights that we might have lost one way, and I think I'm pretty happy with that. So just a quick portrait sketch will up. Its probably taken a couple of at N J. Obviously, the more time you spend the more detailed, more time titled dips you can achieve. But when you're just looking to capture just the character of someone just in a quick sketch, I think a couple of hours is pretty good. 13. That's a wrap. Now your turn!: eso we've ended up with the finish product portrait drawing so pretty happy with that, as I mentioned, could be at a couple of hours to two or three hours toe work through. Do that from start to finish on. So now that it's finished, you can see if signed it side. They're on the quarter. So really, when you saw it in your during just on it, you think it's appropriate where it's gonna have a negative impact on the drawing, and then the last thing that we want to do he's way want Teoh spread Vonage drawing to protect it, so this will help the drawing prevent it from fighting on and just hope that last bit longer. So I'm just using picture varnish. Here. You can get spray finished that's specific for drawing this one's for painting oils acrylics on. In this case, we use it by drawing as well. When you do finished, drawing a few tips in how you present and hang its obviously good to Frank, you're drawing, and then it's also good to hang it, not in direct sunlight, so having any outward paintings or drawings, indirect sunlight will speed it up in terms of fading over the years. So if you want to get the the longest life you came out of your artwork, then it's it's best to not hang it in direct sunlight and with drawings, you can hang them behind UV protective glass as well, so that helps in the process as well. Eso YOU enjoyed watching the longer I d. I feel inspired to have a gal. It's getting stuck into a portrait yourself.