Adding The Finishing Touches To Our Pencil Portrait

Drawing The Neck And Shoulders | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial In the penultimate part of this step by step drawing tutorial, we will add the finishing touches to the pencil portrait and seal the lead.

Sealing the lead is simply spraying a specialized liquid called Fixative Spray over the pencil portrait to add a protective film over it which will guard against any smudging of the lead.

Before we do this, though we have to be certain we are happy with the final result as no alterations can be made once the lead is sealed.

Checks And Reworks

Before we start adding our finishing touches to our pencil portrait, it is important you double… no, triple-check you have a true resemblance to your photo’s subject.

To help with this, I have compiled a Troubleshooting Checklist in the Free Resources section, which you can also print off and keep for future reference.

If you are not sure, then walk away and sleep on it and look again with some fresh eyes in the morning. You will be surprised how this can make a difference.

Now We Can Finish

For this you will need;

  • Putty Rubber
  • 2B Pencil
  • Blu-Tac
  • Sealant Spray

Drawing The Neck And Shoulders | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 1.) Use your putty rubber to remove the guidelines, being careful near the edges of the portrait.

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing The Neck And Shoulders | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 2.) Now grab your pencil, and squiggle your signiture and the completion date in the bottom right corner.

Feels good, eh!

 

 

 

 

Drawing The Neck And Shoulders | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 3.) This is the part where you need to be absolutely certain you are happy with your finished pencil portrait, as reworks will not be possible once the drawing is sealed.

Sleep on it if you need to.

Happy?

Then go ahead and lay the portrait flat and use some Blu-Tac to stick the corners down to avoid warping, and in a well ventilated area, evenly apply Fixative Spray over the portrait in a flowing motion.

Awesome!

Leave that to dry over night, and in the morning we can apply the mount and frame our masterpiece in Step 10- The Final Step.

Well Done!

Step 8: Drawing The Neck And Shoulders | Go Back! Step 10: Mounting And Framing Our Pencil Portrait | Go To!