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Drawing a Realistic Portrait - Grid Method || Portrait drawing for beginners

teacher avatar Ritika Sridhar, Artist, Calligrapher

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (1h 31m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Materials and Tools

    • 3. Grids

    • 4. Sketching

    • 5. Drawing the Eyes

    • 6. Skin Shading

    • 7. Skin Shading - Full DEMO

    • 8. Drawing Hair

    • 9. Hair drawing - Full DEMO

    • 10. Skin Shading Part 2

    • 11. Drawing the Hand

    • 12. clothing

    • 13. Hand and clothing -Full DEMO

    • 14. Finishing touches

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About This Class

In this class you will learn the techniques for Realistic Portrait Drawing.  I will teach you  how to draw a portrait using Grid Method. At the end of the class you will know the technique to draw a portrait from scratch and by the end of the class You will be creating a beautiful portrait .

This class is for those who are struggling to create portraits without losing the person's Identity, by taking this class you shall learn the methods to add Realism and to bring Life to your Portraits !

Materials :

Staedtler pencils, Pentel Graph gear mechanical pencil, Tombow mono zero eraser, Brustro Battery eraser, Fabriano Drawing sheets, Kneaded eraser, sharpener.

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Ritika Sridhar

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1. Class Introduction: Hi, I'm avoided are debts and also you do. But welcome to my second course where I'm going to detune how to draw a portrayed using grid method, even though that a lot of methods to dropout rates. Great mother is one of the easiest and the finest it make of it, which will help you to bring acutely adjustments. In the class. You will be getting all the information about the materials that you will be requiring to draw a portrait. And then there will be detailed and also Demo Processes of the shading. In this class, I'm going to teach you how to draw a portrait from scratch. And then I'll also be guiding you on how to draw the grids, then sketching, and then the complete shading process. So if you are hi actors and are struggling with growth rates, this course is for you. Usually the shading techniques will differ for each texture, like the dress, the hair, and the skin. So I will demonstrate each and everything with the help of this one single portrait. So doorway further and jump into the class and learn the method of drying reporting. 2. Materials and Tools: Thanks for jumping into the video. I'll show you the list of materials that I'll be using for this project. So this is the calculate B pencil from Stigler. I prefer using Staedtler graphite and charcoal pencils. You can use any brand that you prefer that you are familiar with. Here is a mechanical pencil from pentel. I've got externalities for that. We can use the mechanical pencils fulfilling final areas in giving us more shading. So this one is the jackal Benson from cohesive brand. I am not going to use this for this drawing, but it'll be very helpful for other charcoal drawings. It's moving onto the other important tool, razors. This is the kneaded eraser and the regular one. It is an abattoir. It is. So the needed it is it is like a clay. You can dab it on the drawing to reduce the dawn for the shading. Once the color changes due to the absorption of graphite and charcoal, you can no longer use it. And the dip it is, you can use it for finite areas like it isn't had enough. You can get D or dip of leaders and then use it again. Similarly for the battery Razr also is the deepest covered with graffiti charcoal. You can cut the edge slightly and then use it. You can demote the lead easily and replace it with a new one. Also, moving onto them is most important for drawing a portrait. Especially have a printout of the reference image and also have a soft copy for it. Then there's other day extra supplies that you might be needing. A craft knife for sharpening what cutting of the ETAs are dead. White gel pens and a pencil extended. So these are all soft makeup brushes, which I'll be using for blending and smudging. I'll use the smaller ones for finite ats and the larger ones for a wide ADI, skin clotting and etc. Next is the shop now the one that I'm using as a grown man shop now, you can also use regular shop nurse will go on to another important material that is the papers. For a rough sketching and bending. You can use sketchbooks like these. I do it and I'm sketching and paintings and this is an ongoing to do a finished project. You can try using this and practice in this. These are the papers that I'll be using for a finished project. This Canson, to 2500 years and people, it has very, very fine and the rough texture. I personally loved these people. You can try using for the pencil drawing or colored pencil artworks. In the next one is Fabriano academia. It is 200 GSM. This is also a rough textured paper. If you're not a person who prefers rough texture, you can use a smooth textured papers with two. So these are some of those mood papers that I prefer using one term, Vinson and Newton. It doesn't various more texture but it's slightly. Then if you want a thick paper, you can use Strathmore, Bristol. It is very thick edge. One of the best papers that you could use. 3. Grids: Moving on to the next lesson, how to draw grids. Let me show you how to draw grids. Now, take the reference image and divide the entire length with a particular measurement. Here I'm going to divide it to centimeters. So starting from here, I'm marking for the divisions to make it more of a civil am using HB pencil, you can use a knee bent, no offensive. So now we have to do the same for all the remaining three sites. After marking it on all sides, connect the points, and then you'll get decrypts. Now we have to do the same for the drawing sheet as well. So take your sheet and to keep the measurements are correct, use the printout, that is the reference image, and measured its land, living off the borders. And then mark the exact same length. So I'm leaving off the borders and marking the grid slant alone, starting and the ending. I'm transferring the same measurements there. And now repeat the same on all data mining three sites and then connect the points. So I have got my grids ready for identification when you draw, just number the grids so that when you draw from the reference image will be able to identify the grids easily. So number them on both the reference and in your drawing sheets. 4. Sketching : Now that we have the grids, we should start sketching by comparing with the reference image. See the grid number from the reference, and then identify where the outline is starting and observe the distance, the cause, and then sketch it on your sheet. While drawing. Just ensure that you use sketching on the correct grid because sometimes you might look on and draw it on a different grip. Now, the outline of the head is done. Always use a lighter gray pencil for outlining. I am keeping the outline doubts so that it is well visible for you. But make sure you use a light pencil because you're going to shade it furthered and finish the drawing. So this is how you draw the outlines using a grid method. Just compare it with the reference, look onto the grid numbers and identify the same grid here, here in your drawing sheet and then sketch it, play exactly the same. If you have any doubt on where the outline is starting or ending within a single grid. You can measure it with a pencil and then drop. So you can measure is the outline is starting in the middle of the grade or on the edge and then compare it. And then you get dry it on your sheet. Good. Now I'm sketching the hand, actually though hand in my reference images a little bit blurred. So I won't be getting the exact outline, but I'm just assuming and drawing the hand. Now I have almost completed the outer lines. Now sketching the face details. When you sketch the face details, just be careful you have to be ready occurred it to keep it exact. Observe, eaten every CO on the image and recreated. You can try even freehand sketching, but when you want to shade, realistically, you will need the outline to be exact and perfect. That is why we are going for the grid method. This is just one method to draw the portrait, but there are also many other methods and techniques. Freehand and free hand. And with passion measurements that are many methods to draw portraits. So whenever you draw the lines using grid, recheck it again and again to make it perfect. If you find any mistakes, just change it then and there. Now I am detailing the head just for identification. Let me draw the divisions of the strands. You know, where there's a bunch of hair I will just separated for identification when we shared. Without the grid. Partitioning the head will be a really difficult process. We're good. Now, sketching is almost done, but all of these grids are dark and our planes might be genes when you shade. So don't make it lighter. I'm erasing with the kneaded eraser and flattening the desert and dropping it or do lighten them until they outline is visible, but also not disturbing to ship. 5. Drawing the Eyes: Let's begin the shading process starting from the ice. So we have the outline here. I'm starting the IRS with a B pencil. Make sure the pencils very sharp because you have to fill in all the gaps. And this is a rough textured paper. So you have to make sure that you fill all the pores in the paper. So I'm slowly rendering it and telling all the gaps. Always Fahrenheit is there will be a highlight. So identify the direction of the light and understand the presence of highlights and leave those spaces. I have shaded the eyeball fully. Now I'm proceeding to shade the eyebrows. I am giving the basic strokes on how the direction of the eyebrow is. We're good. I prefer using a charcoal pencil for all of these are important details like eyeball, eyebrows, had beard and mustache, because this will bring a high contrast with the skin. And shading the eyebrows further. See the direction of the strokes and then draw like the same. Bro had would have a different direction. So observe that from your reference and tried to imitate the same and your sheet. I will also use our Tombow Mono Zero. It is to remove lines in the eyebrows. And you can see the sclera will not be in VR white, the white portion of the eye. We'll have a small amount of dawn and F. So make sure you shared it. Keep it subtle. Now let's shade the skin. Usually a gill, a layer of hedge be Benson. So direct paper is completely filled. And then forgiving the depth I lose for BR2 beef. So here, the eyelid is folded. Notice that depth. You can see from the reference image that it is very dark. So observe that and shady portion dock. Now this eye is almost done. So the same process goes for the next IS where you can observe def process. 6. Skin Shading: Now it's time to shade the skin. When you shade the nose, you have to be very careful when the directions. It'll be like this. So the skin shading is blended with the cheek. So first let me start with the forehead. I prefer using a base layer of shading, which is given with a B or the hedge be Benson. So that I make sure that I covered the whitespace completely. Since the paper I'm using is rough textured. So the pores of the sheet with the biota had to be benzyl. Hi. I'm just leaving the highlight area. We can change it later with mild TBI dawn to here that is a shadow, so we have to keep it darker. Hi. Hi. Now the basic shading is done. So let me share the notes now. Hello. After I do a basic layer of shielding, I have to add a second layer. Only then I will be filling all the pores and make sure the shadings are fine. You don't want the skin texture has to be small. So we have to shade it again to make it even and find out. Okay, We're good. Now this is a second layer that I was telling you about. I'm using a B Benson and shading it all over the skin again. I'm also sharing the highlights now. If we wanted to make any particular place lighter or reduce that, don't use the kneaded eraser. So I just want to make it lighter here. And then to make it even more smooth, use a soft brush and small tended shading just like, I don't know. Don't be too harsh on the drying. Just be gentle. And after you use the brush ones, make sure you clean it well before you use for the second dam. 7. Skin Shading - Full DEMO: As you saw in the previous lesson, we have to shade the rest of the skin portion and it's molten using the same techniques. I'm just modeling and making the shapes final test by shading and over again and I get by layering technique. Then that is a docker. Don't use our dark shade pencil like Toby or for me and enhanced. Don't. You have to use lighter gray pencil like HBR to be shaded slowly. We're good. Okay. I think I made the tone a bit dark, so I'm lightening it with the kneaded eraser. Now I am shading the nose. We now are you shade made sure to compare it with your reference C variable, the Dorians dark invader voter does light. Don't forget to leave the highlighted portion. You don't have to leave the highlights. Very pure white. You have to shade it with HB pencil very mildly. Can even use to hedge Benzer's. And lastly, after you give all the layering, makes sure to even the shading with a soft brush. Now to make its mode, I just use the brush. And now I'm creating highlights wherever it is needed. Just dab it on the sheet wherever you have to lighten. You don't have to it is it completely to make it white? 8. Drawing Hair: First to shade the head oceans, we have to identify these strands and then partition it. So I'll do that first. I have identified the bunch and the partitions for this part. Since the head is a wider portion, I'm going to cover only a small portion of the head. And you can see the rest of the portions in time-lapse in the next lesson. So let's start hitting the hair now. I have started with the darker stone. Slowly use HB pencil and render the head is dead is lighter shade and that offends image. Maintain the same don't if any part of the head it looks really light. Don't leave it plain. Just give a layer of HB pencil, just one layer that will do. It shouldn't be very pure white. I want darken the highlights. I'll keep it very light. Okay, dark undertones until you fill all the gaps and add n number of layers to cover the gaps. You have to be very particular about the direction of the strands. You have to see it and absorbed very well from the reference image and tried to recreate the same shading and same direction. Now, even after adding this much of layers, I'm going to repeat the same again. See you can see all the gaps in it. So use the HB pencil again to layer it off and fill in all the gaps and dark and the don'ts. A while shading this part, I'm going to draw this friend tires also has dried lighter and then you can dock and I'm not drawing it on my own. I'm comparing each and every step that the reference image. I'm using this spawns like brush the Maginot or lower those small gaps. Next step is to create the highlight. So let me use this Dumbo and batteries. And slowly it is, it's Jan vertebra. You can see the highlight. If it looks very light. After you erase, make sure to donate up that HB pencil by my grading it all. So this is the in-depth study of head and the rest of the hair portions I will show you in a time-lapse in the next lesson. 9. Hair drawing - Full DEMO: As you saw in the previous lesson, I'm going to shade the head just using the same techniques. So I'm doing the first layer. I am using only HB pencil for the high. Create variations of Thrones only using you'd be Benson. This is my suggestion and this is my method of doing it. You can also use our defenses as you prefer. But this has given me, though, create the radiation of the skin and the hair. Now I'm proceeding with the second and the third. You have to add a number of layers to make it also blends with the forehead. Five has to blend well with the skin. And we're going to do okay. Side-by-side when I'm shading, I'm also creating the highlights. All right? Now while most of many layers are done for those small gaps, using the software makeup brush. This brush that I'm using is looking like US bonds. You can see small white caps. So again, I'm chopping the eight-bit sensor and selling our lives small gaps. Now what the budget is and I'm creating highlights. And then toner down if it looks ready like. So this is a multiple process. You know, you have to do it until you're satisfied with the thorns. I'm almost done with the shading and highlights. And if you're not satisfied and add down to the gaps and Dido make it look ready, darker combined. But this can work. 10. Skin Shading Part 2: Before shading the mustache and the reward, I'm going to shade the skin so that the background is filled first. And we'd won't have any whitespace. Now I'm enhancing the shadows below the nostril, the benzyl that I'm using. Since me. Next, now we can share the mustache and beard part. I'm giving a basic layering of HB pencil. Then draw the mustache hairs. You can see from the reference image that it is very dark when compared to the skin. That is why I prefer using a charcoal pencil for d hat n mustache. If you use any other graphite pencil, it won't go well with the half part. Since we used a beach head. You use the same for the mustache and beard. Also the left that just ellipses all sorted. So make sure to focus on all the tonal variations, even my new ones. Starting with the lips, I'm using Toby pencil. Keep it's more than just slowly shaded with circular strokes. Since the lip has to look very final, I'm using this mechanical pencil to fill in all this gaps or small highlights on the left. So I'm trying to create that when needed. It is. And also this ma bar raiser. Now I have started shading the lower part of the lip. There are lots of highlights and cuts. So I will leave spaces for those unshaded accordingly. Once you create highlights, make sure TO shade the rest of the portions. Good. To enhance the cuts, I'm marking all the small fine lines that you can see. See all these details won't be shown and the printout. That is why I suggest you to use a soft copy and hardcopy. You can see all these details really clearly in your soft copy. Again, like shading the mustache, give a basic shading for the beard. Then that can lead ions. Don't forget to shade all those little hairs that you can see on the edge. This is a mulatto shading the hair. But don't forget to keep a sharp pencil when you save hat. Now I'm shading the years with a two-week Benzer. And to fill in all the gaps, I'll use B and hedge be Benzer. But the darker dawns I'm using for B pencil and Laden, Good, again, and that can look very soft also. So shaded with B pencil or a hedge be and make it find out until it looks more. Now I'm shading neck. After I gave a basic shading for the neck, I am mottling it with two hitch pencil. It doesn't the border. If you use two hetero out to be, you can use any late graded pencil until you're satisfied with the dawn shaded all over again and again. 11. Drawing the Hand: Now in this lesson I'll show you how to shade behind. Shading the hand would be a little tricky because there have been knows in bones that you have to shade and leg the phase it is not very smooth area. As I told you before. Basic shading first and then the dawns or dot, dot connect with four people. And now I just completed the shading for the dumping. Now for the rest of the portion, I am starting off with a basic shading. Okay. So here are the shades are very dark. I'm using for B pencil and darkening. Shade in the same direction that you can see in the restaurants. And try to blend the shading with the highlights portion. Dish. Don't radiation should look very gradual. It shouldn't be very drastic. I'll explain where the shapes will be drastic. So here there are nerves. The edge will be very dark. On the nerve will be very light. You can see the drastic change in the dawns there. That is why it gives the depth in the drying. So the edge of the novel look very dark like this. And then the nouns that bulge the area will have a lighter tone. So I emit isn't what it is and making it lighter for that. So this is how you have to create the no shading. Now for the final step, we have this molten the shade. So slowly cover all the gaps and smaller than the shading. So that's third hand shading is almost done. The other hand I will be showing in the demo process in the next lesson. 12. clothing: Now let's start trading the clotting. Hear the tones are very dark since it does the shadow. So I'm using a B pencil for this. I will demonstrate this left part of the cloud. Since it is a shadow that is formed here and I'm using a B Benton. I don't want to mix graphite and charcoal on the same particular area. Good. So for this small portion alone, I'll use only if you use graphite on jock altogether in this model. It will look really different and variant because the graphite has, has more texture, whereas the charcoal has a rough texture. So it will differ in dark. That's why I said just do using chocolate, yes. Okay. While shading the clot tried to understand the direction of the fall and then shaded. I'm using for B pencil here. You can see a lot of highlights in this portion. So try to leave the highlights and then shaded at last with the HB pencil, then use molten this rest of the shadings. It would be. Now once the first layer of shading as D9, small thinning it with preventive. Just lay at it. And suddenly all the gaps. Good. This is the shading is John Doe forget this molten salts makeup brush. 13. Hand and clothing -Full DEMO : This is almost the last lesson. Here I will show you the rest of the clotting and the other hand shading. Since I use the same techniques here, I am sure Willard and a time-lapse video. You can just observe how I shade this part of the Jess. Good. Here also there is a dark shadow formed in the clotting. So just like the previous lesson that I showed you, I'm using a pencil to create the depth in the clotting. Now moving on to the hand shooting, all the techniques are same. I'm using for B pencils for darker areas. And those small tender shadings I'm using HB pencil is not you can use the makeup brushes. Yeah. 14. Finishing touches: This is our last lesson of this particular class. So I'm just giving a final touch to the drawing. I will compare all the tones with the reference image. And see I thought this eta was little bit dark, so I'm lightening it. You can reach the measurements, reject the values, and correct it if anything, is strong. In this part where the hair and the skin mixes, it has to be a little bit dark. And these areas are supposed to be dark. So I'm smoothening with the brush. All these final touches will mostly be aiming at the highlights and don'ts. So for the highlights, I'm using only the kneaded eraser. Good. You can see I'm repeating the same steps again. Again. I am shading it with the hedge ribbons and evening with a kneaded eraser and the brush until I'm satisfied with this skin texture. So the portrait is completely done now. Thanks for watching this class and poor readers completely done. Hope you enjoyed and learned a lot of new things in this class. Letting me do it in another beautiful course. It meanwhile, you can take out my other courses and also you can check out my YouTube videos and today's audience.