Posts Tagged ‘Portrait’

Pencil – Portrait of Dennis

Pencil - Portrait of Dennis

Here is another portrait of a family friend done in pencil on an A4 size sheet of paper. It took around 10 hours in total to complete.

Click here to view the progress of this drawing.

I started with the same approach as my previous drawings and began the piece with a draft layout to get the proportion roughly in and then carefully add in the details later.

Since the portrait showed more of the front of the face; I’d decided to go in a slightly different approach with the shading and chosen to shade by following the contours of the face, this seem to be the appropriate option as it gave more depth and dimension to the facial features.

Capturing his expression was slightly more work than the previous portrait as his smile is much subtle, so getting the creases around the mouth to look right was important.

With hindsight, there’s still some issues with the proportion of the head, I think it needs to be about 5% wider as the general shape of his head is more rounder. His left ear needs to be stretched lower by about 3% as well.

Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of this piece, it has turned out better than I’ve expected and has been a good drawing experience.

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Pencil – Portrait of Johan

Pencil - Portrait of Johan

Here is a portrait of a family friend done in pencil. I used a photo of him that I took with the 20D as the reference image, the photo had good outdoor lighting and good facial expression so it was perfect for practicing portrait drawing.

The portrait is within the size of an A4 paper. It took about 8 hours to do, about 2 hours of it were spent at the initial layout stage; making sure the proportion looked right before I went in adding the details.

Click here to view the progress of this drawing.

After getting the outline sorted, I’ve begun focusing on the main features of his face; starting with the eyes and then working down to the nose and mouth.

The hair was done at a later stage and took just over an hour to do. I tried to avoid investing too much time in adding each and every single strand of hair perfectly in and concentrated more on the hair as a whole; getting the main highlights and dark tones in.

Overall, I am pleased with the finished piece, it’s by far the best portrait on paper that I’ve done to date. I think I’ve got most of his facial features looking right and his expression done fairly convincingly.

With hindsight, I think the eyes are slightly enlarged compared to the reference photo; about 5-10% too big and also I think the shading technique could be improved a little.

I’m really satisfied with how the hair turned out, I initially thought it would be a lot of work; but it was actually fairly straight forward in the end.

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Illustration – Artist Hai Shuet Yeung

Artist Hai Shuet Yeung

Here is a collage illustration of an artist named Hai Shuet Yeung, situated in Grimsby who does wonderful watercolour paintings and mostly known for painting carps. I tried to represent his interests through the various elements in this collage illustration.

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Illustration – Danny


Here is an illustration of my friend Danny. I created using a reference at first and began making each part and placing it in its own layer. I used mainly the Pathfinder tool to divide objects up and Alignment tool to equal the spacings of the background stripes.

Click here to see the Outline View and my Layers Pallette.

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Illustration – 1986


Here is a vector image of myself when I young. This was created on Illustrator with the aid of an old photo as a reference. I tried to use simple neutral colours and light tones to show youth and innocence. I’ve reduced the Opacity on the skin area down for a more natural blend and the effect used on the hair was Filter > Roughen. I like this piece of work in particular as it reminds me of a much simpler time.

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