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Sketchbook Demo: Portrait Drawing

This portrait drawing was developed using a photograph for reference. When I draw, I spend a lot of time looking and analyzing what I see, specifically:

  • Shapes
  • Planes
  • Proportion
  • Position
  • Direction
  • Color

Whether you draw form photographs or from life, the process of observing, thinking and drawing is the same. I hope you find the tutorial helpful. If you have questions, please ask them in the comments section.

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.