My portraits

My portraits - student project


I haven't completed the entire course yet, but wanted to try my hand on drawing a portrait using the techniques learnt from this course. 

I haven't really doe much portraiture before, so I guess this was my first real attempt drawing a realistic portrait of someone.

I chosen my favourite photo of my niece Viki. I haven't realised that she had her tongue stuck out, this made drawing this a little difficult, as the mouth looks a little weird. (:

I would welcome any constructive criticism. 

Here is a time-lapse of how I got to this point.


My portraits - image 1 - student project


Update 1: 

After Gabrielle's comments I have made some changes and here is the result:

In addition to the value changes that Gabrielle suggested, I have also adjusted the eyes a little as I noticed that the iris on the left hand side was slightly rounder than on the original, I think it has improved the likeness quite a bit.

My portraits - image 2 - student project


Update 2: My second portrait

I tried my hand on something a bit different today. Found this great portrait of a girl with hair of smoke, which I really liked so I tried to recreate it. I didn’t entirely capture her likeness, but wanted to stop here as I didn’t want to overwork the piece. I like how the face is more refined but the rest of the details are really loose. Any comments would be much appreciated!

My portraits - image 3 - student project

My portraits - image 4 - student project


Update 3: My 3rd portrait

I wanted to draw a male portrait as I seem to gravitate towards drawing females. My main struggle here was the eye area, I felt like whenever I deepened the creases around his eyes it looked like he is wearing eyeshadow.

My portraits - image 5 - student project

 My portraits - image 6 - student project


Update 4: My 4th Portrait

 I am quite satisfied with the drawing itself, however I struggled to capture her piercing expression that inspired me to draw her in the first place.

My portraits - image 7 - student project

My portraits - image 8 - student project

Ish Hodaszi
I’m a dabbler!