Using Shading Techniques With Pencil To Finish The Face
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
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.
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.
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.
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!