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Colored-Pencils Portraits : How to Master Them

Sharon Mapuvire, Anything Is Possible

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10 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. Intro.

    • 2. The Brow & Eye

    • 3. Finishing the Eye

    • 4. Defining the Cheek

    • 5. The Nose

    • 6. Lips

    • 7. Freckles

    • 8. Hair

    • 9. Finishing Hair

    • 10. Neck


About This Class


Learn how to draw beautiful portraits using nothing else but pencil colours. This class is the third of a 3 part video series that will be demonstrating how to use pencil colours to draw portraits. You will learn how to draw and colour a portrait from start to finish using pencil colours. From the eyes, nose, lips to the hair.

What You Will Learn :

* How to draw a complete portrait  

* How to draw and colour hair 

* How to shade and place shadows correctly

What You Will Need : 

* Standard pack of Pencil Colours

* Pencil

* Eraser

Link of Reference Image


1. Intro.: Hello. My name is Sharon. And in this class, I'm going to show you how to draw a portrait with pencil colors. This class is the third and final video in a three part series On drawing with pencil colors. I'm gonna show you how to troll the eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips, the skin, cheeks, even freckles and the hair. All you need is a standard pack of pencil colors and a razor and a pencil. Let's get started. 2. The Brow & Eye: So grab your pencil colors and I'm going to select the colors I'm gonna be using going to be using a brown that's more red than brown. A nude for the skin color, Another British brown. But slightly lights are a black, a white, a dark brown and a peach. So it starts. I'm going to start by using a dark brown for the eyebrow. I started by lining it out, so I make sure that I'm getting this shape rights and then I'm gonna draw the strokes for those hairs. Imagine, you know when you're drawing cross Oh, how grass looks like it usually leans towards a direction. So draw these curved strokes of hair that are leaning towards the left coming from the rights and then in between the strokes, I'm going to shade in softly so that the shading in is not blend with stroke. The strokes still stand out, but the shading in our to act the shading in, is to act like a background for your strips of hair. See the little rounds so you don't want to fill up your the whole shape off your eyebrow with strokes. You want to just do enough to make it to give the impression off hair and then you just shipped in between Wherever you're seeing spaces shape but in and I'm gonna grab my black And I'm going to dark in some of the strokes to make them stand out even more all the way across shade in between and you do it softly. No gonna move on toe. I and I start by outlining it. Now, if you have a difficulty in drawing eyes, I have a class that teaches you how to draw eyes specifically and it breaks it down from starts to finish from the pupil. The red zone of the lashes, Everything detailed so you can check the class side if you struggle with eyes. And I have used a Doc Brown to outline in the shape of the eye, and I also did the corner corners off the eyes with dark brown. And then I'm gonna use this red British brown for the inside of the eye. And if you can see, I have left to areas completely unshaded because if you look at your eyes in the corner, usually you'll have, like, some liquid that falls in the corner and makes its. It gives the impression that it's just white. So that's why I'm leaving completely blank and uncultured. Remember to keep like two areas inside corner of your eye and shaded your last shoes. You lashes. It's the same concept, just drawing the curved lines as we did with the eyebrow. Get those coolers rights. So for the corners and using the duck brown and my red brown color. Okay, scoring two highlights the bottom. And now I am going to color in for the inside of my with my whites. I'm just shading in. And as you can see, it's not completely white because it's sort of like the whites will grab onto a little bit of the black from the eyelashes, and that gives up milky texture. And I'm gonna do my inside of the eye when it starts with my pupil gonna draw a circle and want to shade it, and I'm gonna leave small parts unshaded. We'll show you just know so you can see the top part. Is that a complete circle? And then I'll have strokes that come out from the pupil towards the edge of the red slow and then in between I'm going to shape it in with a brown, her eyes a brown. And I'm gonna use different colors of brown because her eyes and I just one toned of a brown, some using different colors in between. When you join your eyes, pick. Um, I would say a few minimum two areas that you completely leave on shaded, uncultured that gives the impression off light hitting your eyes. And it gives it that realistic look that we're going for. So never completely shade or color the retina and the people always leave certain areas uncultured. And then this is our I. 3. Finishing the Eye: Okay, so we're gonna finish off I by doing the outside the skin around the eye, and I'm gonna stop allocating the area where I'm gonna place my shadow on and I am drawing from a reference image. And if you want to follow and show the same image that I'm drawing, just look below and there is a link. So the what I'm gonna trying to do is I'm going to try to match the skin tone color off my reference image using these pencil colors. So I started off by shading in with a dog brown. And now I am shading in with a nude pencil color right on top. And what you will see is that when if use color in starting off with the dog brown, can you shade on top with a nude and then you blended in with the white, as opposed to starting with the nudes, and then you use a duck brown and then a white, you get two different tones, so it's important to be aware of that. It makes it easier. Once you get the hang off it, you have to sort off test out the combination off a few pencil colors to try to match your skin tone color. So I'm gonna go back with a duck brown to really define the shadows around the eye sockets . And then I go back with the newt. Uh, and then I grabbed my white and I blend always be constantly blending because the blending honestly, it doesn't make a difference, and it really helps blend all those colors together. And I'm gonna use this peach pencil color because I'm doing a redhead. And redheads usually have more Rozier skin tone to them. So that's why I'm using a peach and not a pink, because a peach is basically a nude mixed with the pink, which is much more suited for drawing skin tones, some just coloring right on top there. And then I have minute. And if you make a mistake, let's say you make your skin tone just a little bit too nude or to brown. You can easily fix that great thing of a pencil colors you can just erase, and when you erase, you just go back and try a different color so that you can match the skin tone you can see starting to look like a skin, skin tone, color and always always, always blend. So you have to sort of test out your pencil color tones pencil colors first, and you'll get the hang off its and I'm adding some freckles on top. And later on I will go into detail on how to really draw freckles, and I'm gonna do the lower lashes. Just he's curved strokes like bats. And then I I'm gonna draw like a lights lying with the dark brown for below your eyes. You have these dark areas were just lines. Depends on the person you're drawing. Let it fill that in with a Newt. And now we can really see that I has the three dimensional aspect to it because of the shading in and the shadows that being placed when you blended with the whites and you haven't I 4. Defining the Cheek: So firstly, I am going to line the side of my face. And if you see underside where the cheek is, it comes out of the ghost in as you go along the face. So where it goes in, I'm going to place my shadow. That's why I'm going to define my cheek. It's our first colored all across with the skin tone pencil color. And now I'm gonna add that shadow on the side of the face with a light brown. And this light brown is from the favor Castle Standard pack. And you see him now just coloring right across this, replacing a lion that goes all the way down. And it was to continue down that line would meet with the quarter off your mouth. So that's how you can evaluate toe, where exactly? To place the lying that defines the cheek. And I go over with the reddish brown right across, and then I blends and I add, I'm gonna add more shadow with my Doc Brown on the side. I'm not gonna add a lot of brown where, below the cheek, because when you do that, that's makes your cheek bone or your cheek line harsher, which would make the portrait you drawing. The model would look older, so he wants her to look older. That's what she would do. You place a lot of shadow below the sheikh if you wanted to look younger. Just used a minimal amount off Dark brown below, where you have that line that goes right across that would meet with the corner, the corner off the mouth, and I'm gonna blend constantly. Be blending. It's really changes the appearance off the overall portrait. It's We're gonna play some P shred below the eye here and wherever you see a route, wherever you see Rose in this on the skin, that's where you going. Toe ad with your peach pencil color. The peaches better than pink for the rosy nous. But I just blend that in with my nude and in the center off the cheek. I'm going to leave that whites just to give the overall portrait some character, and I'm gonna ask some freckles, my dark brown, and later on I will go more into detail in How exactly do you draw the freckles on the skin ? I'm just leaving those two areas on, Colored writes in the middle off the cheek, and I'm gonna place more shadow coming from the bottom, moving up the face. I'm following my reference image where I see a little bit of Rosie nous I add peach and then I blend it in with the nude. When you seal the peach within with the nude, it looks more parts off the skin, add more freckles, and then I'm gonna blend, and that is half of the face done. 5. The Nose: for our knows. I'm going to start with the Doc Brown. It's gonna outline my nostril, and it's like the shape of a lazy E, so to speak. And in the center there, I'm going to shade in with my black and on the outside, off this black shaded circle, I'm going to add a brown so that the brown blends into the black. And then I use our red toned brown and our nude. So the red tone Brown added it on the sides off all Austro right on the side. And then I blend with the whites, and then I'm gonna use my peach, and the peach just used it wherever you see a bit of Rosie nous on your skin and I'm gonna just call across the nose with a nude. And then with my dark brown, I softly shade the site of the nose for that shadow that falls right on the sides, and I blended allowed its and I'm sweater drawer, a few freckles on the nose, so it's really simple. You don't put a lot off coloring or shading on what the knows, rightly so you don't put a lot of shading cause it can be very tricky. If you put too much, it can be a bit tricky to manage. So the less you puds, the better so that if you feel like you want to add more than you can add more instead of starting off really dark. And then I just color with my nude right across, and I'm gonna do the opposite side. So the opposite side has a stronger defiant flying off a shadow. And so you draw with your duck brown, and then on top of that Doug Brown, I'm gonna go over with the nude and then I'll go back again with Dark Brown. But how we do it to get that strong shadow, it's gonna line my nostril. I just at some more peach. It's Addison Doc Brown on the inside of the left nostril. So you seeds blended in, and now we add for the right side shade in with the black and then on the outside edge. I left a little bit light, sir. I'm gonna add some nude right there on the edge of its and then adds, and Doc Brown, it looks like that since he's a completely black in the middle in the inside of the nose and as these shadows on the center of the nose and right above with the Doc Brown. And I'm going to take a minute and I'm gonna just color right on top, and right above I have left a small portion Uncultured. I'm gonna leave the center of the nose right above the nostrils, completely un colored. So you definitely want to leave that area clear, as in times the middle of the knows from the top coming from the eyebrows, going all the way down. Sometimes you can leave that also clear, see, have the sort off pathway that is completely uncultured on the nose. And then I'm gonna blend. So depending on the skin tone off the person you're drawing, I'm doing a redhead. And redheads just have more rosy skin so that I'm using a bit more off the red tone brown, especially in the center of the nose. It's a bit more red than and Wells and I blended out. And then I get that shadow with my dark brown on the outside. See your shadows coming from the outside of the nose, moving towards the center, and then you had some red brown right on the edge. Kids, you can see it's now looking actually like skin. And the reason is because we have bean blending with the white. The white really helps EMS gonna define the shadows A but more with my dark brown and blend . And you definitely want to do more blending than usual with the nose to get it released smooth. And I was gonna add some more nude fried on the sides and right on top off where I had placed my my Shadow. As I said before, Place the Doc Brown first, then you color on top of the nude nickel back again with Doc Brown like that. Then I add a bit more peach right on the middle. So the smoother you can get you knows to look more, um, realistic. It will look because now it looks like we like it's a molded knows, and by leaving the center off, it's completely and colored. It makes it really realistic. And, as I said with the shadows, do them softly and then build on them. When you were adding shadows on your nose, smooth it out. Don't worry again. If you make a mistake, you just to raise. Just take your time 6. Lips: before I start to my lips. I just want toe color in just above Hm. And that's I don't know what to call it. I guess we just call it a ridge. And I used a great And then I shade on top of that great with the Doc Brown and I am shading on the inside just on the lefts. And then I'd go over with a nude that was gonna fix some shadows and a color again, right on top with the gray The gray gives an interesting tone to the shadow And for my lips I'm gonna use a magenta pink, a rose pink a redd's toned brown a peach And these are my main colors. So with this red tones broad I'm gonna line my lips And then when the black I'm just gonna lying the bottom And now we can start. So I'm going to start with my red tone Brown, and I'm gonna start shading in and I am shading in coming from the bottom moving up and I'm shading in the's curved strokes. And if you look at the bottom off your lip, it kind of looks like little bumps. So it dips and then it goes out and then it dips again and it goes out. So where it dips is where you're going to use. You're stronger color. That's we're gonna place just a darkened version off. Whatever you that we're using and the way it comes out, you make that lighter so it gives the impression off a plump lip. So I'm using my magenta pink to color in between. Where it dips is where you're gonna have the strongest color. So I'm probably going to be using a mix of doc brown, red tone brown and magenta. And then where it comes out, I mix that with the peach and the rose pink, and you shaded in with these curved strokes that are moving from the bottom of the top lip to the top. So with this Doc Brown, I place my shadow. So where it dips in a place the lines and I'm gonna bring in a purple so that I have a variation in my in my colors and with the lips you select and you decide what color lips you want so you can use just all pinks, or you can use all reds or you can even mix it up with some violence and purple with your pinks because it looks really pretty when you mix different tones off pinks and reds and it looks like this. And now we're gonna move onto the bottom lip and I'm gonna start with a peach. And then I'm gonna go over that peach with the magenta. I'm trying to create a a color that I can't get from just one standard pencil color and then I'm gonna go over that with a purple right on top and with the shadow that is on the top of the bottom lip, it's less, um defined. Imagine, it's sort of like a like when you're drawing water. Think of that because with the top left, we made it pretty defined with the curved strokes. But for here, I just wanted to look like it's flowing. Then I go over that's with my purple, and then I, as you can see him starting to now, define it with my second layer, which is the purple. So your first lay you don't really define. You don't need to have any curse strokes. It's just you just shaded in and then we go back in and we define, and you can test to see which combination works before you start coloring straight onto the picture on a separate page, and with this roast pink, I'm starting to draw those tiny little lioce that you always see on the bottom lip. And then between those lines, I'm going to leave that area uncultured, Then bring in a dark brown for the shadow on the corners off the mouth and then the peach. The Peach Works is a really great blending color, just as the white. So I've placed the peach in the middle, and then I have the duck pinks and purples on the coming from the bottom and coming from the top. The reason why the middle is lights is because I want to give the impression that the lip is plump and a surrounded. If you want something toe, look flat, you color. It's dark right across. If you wanted to look rounded, you call it the middle lighter. So I'm just adding some magenta here and again. I'm just following my reference image. I keep referring to her lips. I look on her lips and I see how they look and Then I try and replicate that with my pencil colors. I didn't tie any little tiny, tiny little strokes of the bottom right across and try and have a variation in your strokes . As you can see, with my summer thicker than others, some are really, really fine and light and some of just slightly that goes to have a variation in those tiny lines that you see on the bottom lip. And then I blended with my whites and then to make it more rounded. You always place just a stronger color or a stronger tone on the bottom, off the bottom lip and on the top off the bottom lip. And here I am going to start to place my shadow at the bottom and beneath the bottom left using a duck brown. I just shade right across that I'm doing it likely because not very dark and rarely is. Can I just follow how it looks in the picture? And then I add on the corner in the corner really softly, and then go over that with a new for the top, like right above your top lip. I've left a thin area completely uncultured, so I have the nudes. Where have lines the Doc Brown and then I have a space and then I have the lips. I'm probably I mean, it depends at the end, when I've completely finished, I'll go back and I'll see. Just make sure that it's not too strong that area, because I could always make that brown line slightly lighter. But if you do that, you know, I don't worry. Just wait until you completely finish. And then you can really see what needs to be fixed. What could be modified? Just color and top of the nude right there, do you really softly. And then it go over with the new color, my skin tone color. That is how you color in your lips blended all. 7. Freckles: and I'm gonna finish off the rest of my face lying that around. It's gonna fix the shadow on the set of the nose and on the right side off my face because I wanted to be slightly darker. So I just place the dog brown and to make a docker, I'm gonna just go over it with a gray instead of a black, the blacks too strong and then I just blend that with white. Okay, so this is how we draw freckles. We are going to use a dark brown, and we are going to draw these soft circles colored circles or more like spots on your page , and I'm gonna place my freckles across my cheek. So I'm likely dabbing on the paper to create peace spots. It's just dab your dab in your dab and you do it really softly because if you press hard, they will look like sits. So you have to do it softly to give the impression that this is part of the skin that we have drawn and colored in below. So you can see they just these spots, um, scattering across the cheek. And now I'm going to grab my light brown. This brown is from the charisma color pack. And I am going to color right over where I just drew with my dark brown. So right on top of the dark brown spots, I'm gonna go over with a light brown and this light brown has a red tone to it. So try and pick one with the red tone because it will help bring out the color that is usually on the cheeks. So you just color right on top, You do it softly again. It's now I grabbed my peach, and the peach is to help bring up the rose nous in the cheeks. So I'm just gonna color in certain parts. Not all across where I just called. Why I just drew my freckles. This is more for the for the cheeks. And then I just wanna blend below right here and fix this area. I wanted to be more such raided, and now I'm gonna blend my freckles straight onto my skin. So with your whites, you just color right across. I wanna add symbol. Furcal's below the eye. So do you see how I'm just stabbing? And I'm doing really softly just like that? That's the motion that you are that you follow really softly. 8. Hair: start off with the hair. I used my dog, Bron. I'm just gonna line the sides just with the hair starts and then recent starts. Are you starting off with my lights brown? And I'm just coloring across like this really lightly. And then I using a bright orange, I'm drawing a red head and I'm following the curves the direction of the hair that I'm seeing in my reference image, and I'm using read browns and Doc Brown's to draw those strands like that. See, just drawing strands. Don't worry too much about how it looks to the moment, because we're gonna blend it all with the bright orange. So the orange is the color that we're gonna use to blend old the strokes and strands that we draw. So you're dark brown. You draw the strands, you just draw what you see. Don't worry about being too detailed, Sufi. See that it curves. Eerie occurred fair. If it goes up, you go up and then and blend with my orange so you blend in. Color is basically what brings everything together and makes it look more solid. Segue over. Give me Doc Brown and then I blend with my orange. So that's the technique that I'm using to draw the hair in with a shadow. You please shadow him using this black on the side of the face because it's pretty, Doc, run here and then all the way around. Go over it again. So you see, I started off softly and then a gold back and go over it stronger rather than just starting off really, really dark. And then I'm gonna go over that with a brown Doc brown that it looks really dark. And then I'm using this Oakar toned brown because in the light in some areas, her hair has interesting golden brown tone to it. It's amusing this brown, so something to remember if you have an area that's super dark, but it's not black. Always start off with the black and the color right and top with the brown, and then you get a really dark brown rich color that you might not have in your regular packs. And, of course, we blend with our white and try and make your hair look soft instead of hard. And how you do that is by blending the colors. You see how it's if you look at the side of the face. It moves from black to dark brown to a light brown to that golden Oakar brown. It has to move, make it look really soft, like it's blending. 9. Finishing Hair: for the left side, Joyce strokes using my red brown. And then I go over the strokes over those trends with my bright orange all the way across, blending also those strands along with the orange. And then I add more strands with my Doc Brown, where I am seeing shadows in the hair. I draw the strands and Dr Brown, and then I also draw them with black for a stronger shadow. And it makes that's with dark brown, because I want, like, a really duck Doc Brown go over it with my orange, adding less trends with the red brown. Oh cross. I do it softly. Unlikely, and I'm going to color across with the orange because this area's pretty bright, and you can clearly see that the hair is like this beautiful orange tone. So in your drawing red hair, you want to use different brown's, and then you can use just one orange color and use your dark brown and your red brown's to draw the strands. And then he blends with your orange color 00 into the same here, color right across creating a foundation, a base to build on and then I add most trends with my dark brown. So as you can see him using my orange to draw strands, I'm using it simply as a base color or as a blending color. Then add some shadow on the side of the face. Start off with my black as we did on the opposite side, and then a color and top with the Doc Brown going out. He blend with your orange and whatever colors you see in your hair. Pick those or try toe. Recreate them using a blend with your pencil colors. If you see reds, grab a red If you see a yellow, grab a yellow, and then at that end, because it will be blended in either with white or your main color. If it's an orange, just gonna call in top and that is our hair. 10. Neck: now for the neck I'm gonna color across with the nude pencil color and how I'm gonna do it is I'm going to draw this angular strokes that come from the outside. Moving was the center off the neck and I did the opposite on the right side and in the center I just drew these curved strokes with the nude. Now I place mine my shadows on the sides again sharks angular coming from the outside moving in woods And then I go over with my nude, my skin tone color And then I go over again with my dark brown to intensify the shadow and I blend with the whites and I'm blending right across and you see the difference Like before I blended. And after I planted it looks more mixed in and I'm gonna add some more shadows below the heads and on the neck and adding on the right side and is you consists, like this curved strokes coming from the rights moving towards the centre and I'm gonna blend that and I'm going to finish off my hair. I was gonna make it longer. It's musing that bright orange have been using and it adds some more defined strands with the read towing to brown, just tryingto create a movement so it looks like the hair has movement to it. It has to look like it can flow. It moves. It's not stiff. Su shadows and new colors have to blend into one another When you place shadows where you see shadows and if the other side make that longer sees quick, curved strokes. And if you want something to look like it moves. I've noticed drawing quickly and swiftly, and it gives like a movement to that stroke, because if you draw something slowly, it doesn't have the same was Penis just as the shadows on the side here and blend that at some skin color and constantly be referring to image. How does it look on your image and then try and recreate that on your portrait? It's to make a mistake, grabbing a razor and just rub it out, and that's it. This is the finished products off a portrait. It's or taking parts in this class. I hope it was useful and definitely make sure that you checked out the two previous classes . Thank you so much for your supports and take care