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Uploaded: December 24, 2011
Artist: Edison
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 8
Updated: December 27, 2011
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This step by step tutorial will help you create a professional looking portrait in 2 to 4 hrs.

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how to sketch a quick portrait

How to Sketch a Quick Portrait

how to sketch a quick portrait step 1

STEP 1.

Sketch main object lines with B pencil. Try not to press too hard
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 2

STEP 2.

scrape some graphite from your 2B pencil(powderize) and apply it with a soft brush. It will be your mid-tone...
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 3

STEP 3.

Lift excess graphite with a kneaded eraser to define base tone limits/edges.
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 4

STEP 4.

Start drawing the eyes with a 4B pencil. If you draw with your right hand, Start from left to right... I guess its common sense why.
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 5

STEP 5.

Start adding details little by little...don't rush. Build tone layers one at a time...
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 6

STEP 6.

Sharpen your 4B pencil for some finer details. Concentrate on your focal point primarily with the eyes. One mistake and all your effort will be wasted...again, don’t rush...just draw what you see on your reference and forget all technical methods in creating details and proportions from tutorials you've read.
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 7

STEP 7.

Apply a light tone by passing a clean brush over the whole drawing... Do it lightly.
 
how to sketch a quick portrait step 8

STEP 8.

Create highlights using the knead eraser and finally, clean your drawing. If you want a softer detail and want to achieve realism, use tortillion for finer blending, this artwork was done with marsmagno (staedtler) graphite pencils B,2B,4B,(6B for very dark tones), nylon brush, kneaded eraser and 1pc 9x12" 100gsm/24 sheet textured sketchpad. This is my first tutorial lesson, hope you guys would help me out by posting your comments so can make it better next time.