Recent Portrait Drawing Commission Process...

in GEMS3 months ago (edited)

Hi everyone, sharing with you today a recently completed portrait commission of a family friend. He was very happy with the final result and I will share the process with you all here below.


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I start with many quick marks trying to get a feel for the gesture and his energy. I am not too worried about proportions just focused on reflecting how he's feeling through the way I draw the fundamental strokes.
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I then start to add the details and some of the tones to give his face shape.
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Next, I make some adjustments in proportions to make sure everything is as accurate as possible to the original reference image. I also use a blending stump to blend the tones. However, this then made the face too dark which I then used a putty rubber to lighten the skin tones.
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The final step involved smoothening the skin more as the rubber had left dotted marks and made final adjustments to the drawing that I may have missed. I find coming back to a drawing after a day or reflecting it in a mirror helps find any mistakes that I originally missed. I also add a slight bit of white charcoal in the pupils of the eyes to capture where light reflects of them and adds more life to the drawing.
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Completed on A3 paper with charcoal pencils
Time: 5+ hours



Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed viewing the process to creating this art work!

@iansart


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That is very beautiful work, I love the effect that charcoal gives to portraits, but because it is so easy to smudge the charcoal I have never tried complex portrait. But admire people who do that.

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