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Drawing a Pencil Portrait - 3


Pencil Portrait Step 2e - The Tone of the Hair

Pencil Portrait Step 2a - The Tone of the Hair

The tone of the hair is created by hatched lines as opposed to the soft graduated tone of the face. These lines should be drawn fast and forcefully and must follow the natural flow of the hair.

Build up the tone of the hair in sections according to its natural layers. Use a heavier concentration of lines to shade the darker edges, especially where layers overlap.

Ease off gradually to capture the lighter areas, leaving the pure white of the paper to highlight the natural sheen of the hair.


Pencil Portrait Step 2f - The Tone of the T-Shirt

Pencil Portrait Step 2b - The Tone of the T-Shirt

The tone of the T-shirt should add to the solidity of the figure and form a substantial base for the head.

Softly graduated shading is used to convey the volume of the figure, while the more detailed folds act as contours to define its surface.

The graduated shading technique naturally lends itself to reproducing the soft texture of the T-shirt's fabric.


The Final Portrait

The Final Portrait

As this drawing was built up by concentrating on each feature individually, some broad areas of tone are now added to unify all the separate elements.

At this stage, some of the detail has to be sacrificed in favour of the overall unity of the drawing.

Finally, a dark background has been introduced to create a dramatic counterchange in the tonal composition of the portrait: the right side of the image now appears light against a dark background in contrast with the left which is dark against light.



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