Using Shading Techniques With Pencil To Finish The Face

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial We will start the second half of our step by step drawing tutorial by using shading techniques with pencil we learned earlier in Step 1 to finish the subject’s face.

This is my favourite part when drawing a pencil portrait because you really start to get a great idea of how the finished portrait is going to look as you work through filling in the different tones.

Finishing The Face

For this you will need;

  • Blending Tool
  • Lead Dust
  • Shading Guide
  • 2B Pencil
  • Putty Rubber

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 1.) Begin by using your pencil to create a light outline of the face.

Look at each square one by one instead of the overall picture, and match up each square methodically.

This will help to match the shape of the face as accurately as possible.

 

 

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 2.) Add guidelines for the hair, ears, neck and shoulders in the same way.

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 3.) Using your blending tool and lead dust, begin adding the different mid-tones using a scumbling technique within the guidelines for the face.

Refer to your Shading Guide if you need to. I suggest tones from 2 to 6 for mid-tones.

Don’t worry about highlights and shadows at this point; we will add these after.

Remember to look at your photo frquently, and to keep the shading tight. 

 

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 4.) To add your shadows, add a little more lead dust to these areas with your blending tool.

Again, refer to your Shading Guide if you need to. I suggest 7 and 8.

Keep using a scumbling technique and take a break if your wrist begins to ache.

 

 

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 5.) You will now have all your mid-tones and shadows in place and your portrait is probably looking a little dark!

 

 

 

 

 

Finishing The Face | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 6.) Using a clean piece of putty rubber, begin adding your highlights.

Alternate between your putty rubber and your blending tool to get the tones correct.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and are looking at your portrait feeling pretty pleased with yourself.

Now you can see the pencil portrait coming together nicely, it’s hard not to rush towards the finish point. Try not to, though!

You have worked patiently to this point, so hold back, Tiger; and we will slowly add the subject’s hair and ears in Step 7. Slowly!

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