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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 principal of Alvalyn Creative, an independent consultancy providing brand strategy design and bespoke illustration for more than 30 years. She is the creator of Freelance Road Trip — a business school and podcast for creative freelancers. She teaches design and design practice on the college level with design schools and programs.