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How to Draw A Color Pencil Portrait

In our Color Pencil Portrait Lesson we will lead you from the first marks that you make on the paper, building up your skills through the key stages of our drawing technique, to create a realistic and skilful portrait.

A color pencil portrait.
A color pencil portrait.

Our slideshow above illustrates the development of our color pencil portrait and lets you observe the drawing process from start to finish. Once you see the step by step development of our portrait, you understand that the drawing process is quite methodical and not as complex as it looks. There is something for everyone to learn in this tutorial.

Color Pencil Skills and Techniques

 

On the following pages we look more closely at the key stages of our drawing and demonstrate the important skills and techniques you can learn to help you draw the main features of a portrait in color pencils:

 

Color Pencil Techniques - The Line Drawing

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - The Line Drawing introduces you to the importance of accurate observation and measurement when trying to establish the unique qualities of a face at the beginning of the work.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Eyes

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Eyes teaches you essential points to consider when you start to draw the most expressive feature of the face.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Nose

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Nose explains the particular difficulties you encounter when drawing this feature and offers you advice on how to master them.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Mouth

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Mouth emphasizes its subtle ability to communicate a wide range of emotions.  It examines its complex anatomy and reveals the intensity of observation needed to capture its unique shape and form.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Skin

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Skin imparts a range of techniques you can use to capture the subtle variations of its tone and color which change in response to emotional and environmental factors.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Hair

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Hair demonstrates how to build up layers of hatched lines that simulate its natural depth and lustre.

 

Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Clothes

Our page on Color Pencil Techniques - Drawing the Clothes illustrates and explains the methods we use to establish any folds and patterns that we find in the fabrics.

 

Color Pencil Drawing Materials

Our page on Color Pencil Drawing Materials explores the range of media and techniques you need to create a color pencil portrait.

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