Art Journal: Portrait One

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Yesterday, I showed you my tiny Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal for this month. Now that it’s finished, I can start drawing! This month, my main theme is people. I’m starting with heads, or fantasy portraits.

Note: If you want to learn how to draw portraits, I recommend Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker. She introduces the beginner to a classic method of portrait drawing that is easy to follow while allowing room for individual creativity and style. It is the book I am currently using for practice.

I tend to sketch really light, and then paint over my drawing, so I hope you can see this ok! I’m trying to train myself to be more bold and draw darker. We’ll see how this goes.

This is how it starts, blocking out the positioning and proportions.

Adding shapes in the appropriate positions.

Increasing the details.

Adding some shading to give shape to the head and features.

A hint of hair. More detail.

My tools: 3H pencil, 2B mechanical pencil (not shown), blending stump, tiny eraser and a kneaded eraser (not shown).

Addition of some strong, black drawing pencil.

I think I’ll stop at this point.

I haven’t drawn people in years, really. So this is going back and pulling out all my previous training, dusting it off, combining it with Pam’s book… AND… working with the challenges of doing it tiny!

If you would like to join a group of fellow art journalists, follow along with tutorials, and show off your work, you can find this and more in the Micro Art Journal group on Facebook!

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