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How to Draw a Portrait
For the past year, it’s been the single most requested drawing tutorial. Everyone seems to have the same burning question...
“How do you draw a portrait from start to finish?”
If you’ve been one of the many folks asking for these tutorials, you know how long we have all been waiting to get this one completed.
It’s finally here...
After many, many months of production, I’m thrilled to announce, that my How to Draw a Portrait series is finally finished.
Now, of course, this series is about how to draw a portrait, but what specifically can you expect to learn?
Let me give you a little overview...
Vol. 1: “THE LAYOUT”
In the first DVD volume, you’ll learn several approaches for laying out your drawing. My goal is to provide you with the tools that will help you increase the accuracy in your drawing and see the relationships between the angles and shapes that make up great proportions.
I’ll show you the most effective approach I have found for “learning to see” so that you can draw more quickly and improve your accuracy when drawing freehand.
This is a very precise technique and you are free (and encouraged) to adapt it to your style and to use the method to double-check your freehand approach, providing yourself with the feedback to improve your drawing.
Once we’ve put the outlines on the paper, the next step is to start building the contours with shading. You’ll walk through how each pencil is layered and which one to start with.
With each pencil layer we’ll build darker values. This process continues methodically until the eyes, cheeks, nose, lips, ears and neck all have the appropriate value and texture.
By layering each pencil value, we’ll get a crisp, yet smooth texture to the skin. And, our values will always remain in the correct relationship to each other, so that we don’t have areas that get too dark and out of balance with the values that are next to them.
This way, we always stay in control and can achieve a much better result.
We pick up with the baby’s little outfit.
Using a similar process as we used on the face, we’ll create the base contours in the folds of the cloth, the seams, button, stitching, and embroidery.
Once we’ve laid down the base contours, we’ll soften the cloth texture. The 3 rules of light will be used to interpret the shadows, create depth in the stitching and recessed folds of the cloth.
A final pass on the surface of the face and refining the eyes will complete the child’s delicate features.
The hair is always the last thing. It’s one of the most fun parts of drawing a portrait. It lays in quickly and fluidly. Layer by layer the hair will build to create natural, silky locks that seem as if they could rustle in the breeze.
Of course, your portraits wouldn’t be complete without a properly placed signature. You’ll get a specific technique that you can follow to make sure that your signature will be in complete balance with your drawing.
And once you’ve completed your masterpiece, you will certainly want to be sure to protect it from smudging. Using fixative properly will ensure that your portrait stays crisp and clean. You’ll learn not only the best approach for applying the fixative evenly, but for knowing when to stop.
Have you watched the intro videos yet?
Since you’re here, you’ve probably already seen the intro tutorials.*
If not, that’s no problem. Just be sure to watch these intro lessons before jumping into this How to Draw a Portrait series of drawing tutorials.
You can either watch these tutorials on Core Concepts & Exercises DVD or sign up for the free online version.
*These are the tutorials on the Tapered Stroke and the Tracking, Patches, and Sphere exercises. It also includes the demo on the 3 Rules of light and instruction on which materials are used with the 5-Pencil Method.
This is the first time that the
5-Pencil Method has been shown for drawing an entire portrait from start to finish.
Even though this DVD series could easily sell for much more, one of my top priorities is to make the 5-Pencil Method accessible to as many people as possible.
That’s why each volume is priced very reasonably. You could easily spend more money for a dinner for two. Or a new pair of shoes. Or a not-even-full tank of gas for your car.
And I dare say, your enjoyment from learning to draw can last much longer than a dinner, a new pair of shoes, and certainly longer than a tank of gas.
Of course, as always, I fully guarantee these drawing tutorials that if you’re not thrilled with what you learn and feel that you haven’t received more value than you had expected, you can simply return the product for an entire year from your date of purchase and your money will be happily refunded to you.
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Want to know what art supplies you will need?
My name is Debbie. I have worked with many of you to ship out your orders over the past months.
I get a lot of requests about which items will be needed for different tutorials, so I wanted to let you know about some of the items
Darrel uses in this new tutorial.
It’s pretty simple. The main items are...
  • 14" x 17" Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Vellum paper
  • A set of Prismacolor Turquoise Pencils: 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B.
  • An 18" clear acrylic ruler
  • The Staedtler divider
  • And a large Design® kneaded eraser
  • A dry cleaning pad eraser (used at the end for cleanup)
  • Of course, feel free to get these items at your local art store.
    Or, if you prefer to purchase them from us along with your tutorials, I have ordered a few extra items to have in stock in the 5‑pencil method store.
    The How to Draw a Portrait DVD series is now shipping.
    DVDs are subtitled in English.
    The DVD encoding is Region “0”. This means they are open and are not restricted to any region. Thanks for not stealing.