How To Draw A Portrait: Mapping Out A Face Premium class

Lawrence Dyer, Lawrence Dyer Art

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7 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

      1:08
    • Materials

      1:58
    • The Model's Position And Yours

      1:39
    • Basic Mapping Out

      2:26
    • Adding Tone and Smoothing Out

      2:15
    • Mapping Out Another Composition

      5:57
    • Project: Map Out A Basic Portrait

      8:28

About This Class

Mapping Out A Face is designed to help you with the first and most important step in drawing a realistic likeness of a face (a portrait), that is getting the features in the right relationship and getting the proportions of the parts of the face correct on the page.

All too often those new to portrait drawing imagine that a portrait consists of putting eyes, nose and mouth in the right places, but these elements are not in reality separate from each other but are simply high points of a single structure. This single structure is like a 3  dimensional "land mass" that each face has and which makes it distinctive from other faces.

Looking at the human face in this way, and learning  how to make a "map" of it, is vital to creating a drawing that actually looks like the person being drawn. This process has to come before toning and details, but once you 'get' this approach, your ability to draw a realistic portrait will grow in leaps and bounds!

7 of 7 students recommendSee All

very well explained thanks
These are ones to watch if you want your portraits to resemble your Sitters. They raised several points that I hadn't seen in similar tutorials and they are easy to follow. Check out his work on his Facebook page - amazing!

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Lawrence Dyer

Lawrence Dyer Art

Lawrence Dyer is a professional artist from Devon, England. He paints portraits, seascapes and landscapes. His work is sold online and offline, in exhibitions, art galleries and shows. In 2016 he has a painting accepted by the Royal Society of Marine Artists for their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. 

Lawrence spent many years as a lecturer in English Literature at a college of further education teaching adults of all ages and 16-18 year-olds. During this time he pursued his art privately. He has also worked as a garden designer and as a web designer. He is also a traditionally published author of speculative fiction stories and an autobiographical book, 'A Cottage on the Moss'. He is married with 2 children.

See Lawrence's paintings and art at his website: Lawrence Dyer Art

Connect with Lawrence on Facebook: facebook.com/LawrenceDyerArtist/

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