Portrait Drawing Tutorial: JT With Hat

Portrait Drawing Tutorial: JT With Hat

A beginning to end video demonstration of a portrait sketch using a photograph as reference.

I start by setting up the drawing, identifying the relationships between various elements in the drawing, how to approach light, shadow and color, and start with the larger idea before noodling into the details.

This is not an academic drawing tutorial. My approach to drawing is to analyze what I see — using my entire brain, and comparing and contrasting shape, scale, proportion, direction.

 

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GEAR USED IN THIS TUTORIAL

I used one pencil for this sketch session: Derwent Inktense Shiraz 0600, which is a nice sort of aubergine shade of red-violet.

As noted in the video, no eraser was employed during the making of this video.

The sketchbook: Canson Universal Sketch 9 x 12 inches

It’s shot with an iPhone. Post was done in Adobe Premiere Pro on my 2009 Mac Pro (the cheese grater edition). I’m really proud of my trusty, hefty cheese grater.

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CHECK OUT THESE OTHER PORTRAIT DRAWING SKETCHBOOK SESSIONS

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https://youtu.be/vVyWXZ-tROw

Portrait Drawing Tutorial: Pencil Sketching
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Alvalyn Lundgren

Alvalyn Lundgren is the founder and design director at Alvalyn Creative, an independent practice near Thousand Oaks, California. She creates visual branding, publications and books for business, entrepreneurs and authors. She is the creator of Freelance Road Trip — a business roadmap program for creative freelancers. Contact her for your visual branding, graphic and digital design needs. Join her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to her free monthly newsletter.

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