Jan 192015

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-13 Girl)

In this post you will learn how to draw realistic noses step by step in charcoal and you will also learn how to shade a nose when drawing. This is a continuation of the last post that I did which is also the renderings and shadings of a nose.

You will see my progress on how much I have done so far and with this you will learn how to do it the correct way. I also want to let you know that this is the PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL that I created which has series of video tutorials from start to finish. If you have not seen yet the rest of the videos please click this link to view them.

Video created by Jude Maceren

Jan 032015

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-12 Girl)

In this post you will learn how to draw realistic nose step by step. I’ve been progressing working on this PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL and I am in the stage where I am finishing rendering the nose.

I thought this is the best time to show you how I render it using a pencil and charcoal medium to finish this case study, especially those of you who subscribed to my free portrait in charcoal and pencil mini-course.

If you love to learn how to draw portrait, this tutorial is good for you whether you are a professional or just a beginner. I invite you to view the video below and learn how to sketch and render the nose.

Video created by Jude Maceren

Nov 302014

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-11 Girl)

Probably by now you have learned a lot drawing a portrait from a photograph and today in this post I will show you how to draw a girl’s eye step by step in pencil and charcoal. This is also a continuation of my PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL where I am showing a portrait tutorial renderings from start to finish.

You will learn the tricks drawing a beautiful female eye. You will also discover how to draw the woman’s face by following regularly this portrait case study. Learn by watching the video below. Find out the rest of the other videos here.

Watch this to learn how to draw a female eye. Video created by Jude Maceren

Aug 042014

Most of the time when I started drawing or even painting I always tend to have lots of my art materials spread around on top of my drawing table which showed that I needed a tote tool bag to organize my stuff. Such things that were scattered were: my different kinds of dark lead and colored pencils, brushes, acrylic paints in tubes, colors in bottles, etc.

I said to myself this should not be happening again! It tend to distract my flow of creativity. I lost many stuff like; the colors in tubes that I have to apply for my painting, the dry brushes that I am suppose to use rendering my charcoal portrait. I can’t find them! It slows down my productivity. The time I spent looking for these things made me finish longer than I expected.

The good news, I found a solution to this! One of my students one day came with a tool tote bag which can also be used for artists and carpenters. This is perfect I said to her! She placed everything all her colors, brushes, etc. in a nice and organize way.

I fall in love with it and she saw me how much I like it. So one day she came to attend my art class and got me another one. I said to her…is this for me? She said, what do you think? Finally, that’s the end of my disorganize way of keeping my art materials. This made my day! Below you will find a link where to get this. I highly recommend this if you want to be organized in your art studio. Enjoy!


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If you are ready to start to work on your pencil portrait I recommend these best drawing pencils to use. This is great for beginners and experienced artists. You are probably progressing watching the tutorials or just about to begin learning. It is important that you should gather the list of art materials needed in your portrait drawing course.

I personally use Staedtler Pencils HB, 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B which gives a very black tone, good to render for the hair and dark shades for shadows. To erase some lines and shades or to make highlights I use soft kneaded eraser and hard eraser. Rendering the shades like to do shadows, tones and to render also the hair realistically I use hard chalk black pastel by making it powdery using a sand paper stick. I also use different sizes of white sable brushes applying the powdered pastel to blend the shades smoothly.

If you are doing a graphite portrait or sketching the face to start a portrait these tools are very helpful. Below you will see a few good and affordable drawing pencils brand that you can check and try. I will be adding some other new good ones in the future.

You have to get also the other materials to use like hard and soft kneaded erase, sand paper stick, sharpeners, hard black pastel sticks, sketch pad or illustration boards, etc. I will create in the future another post that will show you where to get these other art materials. Some of these are already enclosed in the packages below. I can say that these types of products are popular among pencil portrait artists in the world.

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Jul 042014

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-10 Girl)

This is the continuation of my PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL where I showed some charcoal portrait drawing tips. This is great for beginners because you will see the basic on how I started working on this up to this stage.

Observe very well how I draw the eyes and applied shadings using pencil and charcoal powder in dry brush. It’s very important to know the anatomy of the eye and eyebrows so that you will know exactly where to apply the light and shadows.

I invite you to view the rest of the video tutorials of this PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL and learn the steps on how I created this from the beginning up to this stage.

Jun 172014

how to draw an eye studyPortrait Case Study-1 (Step-9 Girl)

I will continue the renderings on drawing eyes and eyebrows of a human face step by step. I already did a lot of renderings especially when you saw me working on the eye and eyebrows on my earlier video series of this portrait case study. I’m almost finish with the eyes and did the eyebrow arch and now I will continue more on adding shades on this.

It is important to watch this video if you are serious about learning how to draw portrait. In this video, I demonstrated in detail on how to render realistic eyes and eyebrows. Please feel free to write your questions and comments below.

To follow how I did this from the beginning, I invite you to check these other videos which are part of this portrait case study. Click these links below and start learning!
Step-1 and 2 Girl, Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl, Step-6 Girl, Step-7 Girl

Watch this video and learn how to shade the eyes and eyebrows, Portrait Case Study-1
(Step-9 Girl). Video created by Jude Maceren

Jun 032014

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-8 Girl)

Drawing the face is my favorite and it is easy to do. Now I will continue to work on how to draw eyes step by step in charcoal and pencil. This lesson is good for beginners because I documented my procedures from the beginning I sketch it up to its final stage.

This is also an excellent reference source for professionals who want to improve or get some new ideas of style for their portrait projects. If you have not seen my previous video tutorials yet for this PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL I invite you to check them out below so that you won’t miss any tutorial on how I created it step by step.

Please watch the Youtube video tutorials below and start learning! Click these links below. Enjoy!
Step-1 and 2 Girl, Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl, Step-6 Girl, Step-7 Girl

Learn the steps to drawing an eye in this video tutorial, Portrait Case Study-1
(Step-8 Girl) Video created by Jude Maceren

May 302014

Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-7 Girl)

One of the most challenging part to learn drawing the human face is how to draw an eye. In this Portrait Case Study -1 Girl, you will learn how to draw and shade realistic eyes and you will also learn how to draw eyebrows.

In the early stages of this series you have learned how to draw an eyeball step by step by drawing a female eye. I invite you to pay attention in this Youtube video tutorial below to grab new lessons in drawing charcoal and pencil portrait. If you can get a piece of paper and follow how I draw the eye that would be a great idea so that you will learn fast.

Remember practice makes perfect! So practice very often on what you have learned in this post. So that you will not miss my video tutorials in this case study, I invite you to visit these links below and start learning from the beginning:
Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl, Step-6 Girl

Video tutorial on how to draw an eye in drawing the face from a photo a Portrait Case Study-1
(Step-7 Girl) Video created by Jude Maceren

May 242014

A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-5 Girl)

I have a portrait case study that I am documenting here in my blog and this time I’m going to show you how to draw portraits from a photo. This tutorial is good for those of you who are looking for a step by step video tutorials for beginners. If you have not seen yet the rest of my Youtube videos in this Portrait Case Study-1 Girl series please click these links below to watch them and start learning:
Step-1 and 2 Girl, Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl

Video tutorial on drawing portrait from a photo Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-5 Girl) Video created by Jude Maceren

May 132014

A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-6 Girl)

In this post you will learn how to apply shade to portraits get and the effect of realistic faces. This is the 6th step in my first Portrait Case Study series. I will teach you the techniques on shading and blending charcoal portraits. You will also learn how to shade drawings with pencil for beginners and how to draw a realistic face with pencil.

You will learn the secret steps in making this charcoal portrait by using this dry brush portrait video tutorial. You will also discover the drawing materials that I used in making this portrait drawing come to life.

If you are just a beginner or a professional artist who wants to improve certain skills in drawing faces, this tutorial is perfect for you.

Don’t miss the other lessons before this post of my PORTRAIT CASE STUDY-1 GIRL! I invite you to click and view them here: Step-1 and 2 Girl, Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl

This is the (Step-6 Girl) of this Portrait Case Study-1 Girl video series. Subscribe to Jude Maceren Youtube channel to follow the rest of the video tutorials of this portrait case study.

May 052014

A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-4 Girl)

I’m excited to show you how I am progressing from my Portrait Case Study-1 of a girl which in this video tutorial you are going to see the continuation on how to sketch a portrait using a grid.

It is sometimes difficult for me to manage my time since I’m teaching art on the side, painting and creating portraits as well, but nothing can stop me from this, since drawing portrait is my passion. Great, that I was able to find a free time and got a chance to post here.

This portrait case study will help you in your journey to learn how to draw a realistic portrait from photograph. It is a step by step process showing myself doing the charcoal and pencil portrait from start to finish. I encourage you to watch this so that you will learn how to draw a portrait of someone.

You will see me guiding you in detail what materials to use from sketching the face using a grid to render a portrait in charcoal by means of pencil and dry brushes. You will get a realistic and photographic effect using this style.

If you have not seen yet the rest of the video tutorials, I encourage you to go over them here, (Step-1 and 2 Girl) and (Step-3 Girl) and start learning from the beginning. If you have any questions please feel free to ask by writing your comments below or posting them in my Facebook Fan Page.

This is the (Step-4 Girl) of the video series Portrait Case Study-1. You will learn how to use a grid to capture the likeness of the picture. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel to keep track of all the video tutorials of this portrait case study. Click here Jude Maceren


Apr 302014

A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-3 Girl)

If you are just starting out in portrait drawing this topic on how to draw portraits for beginners will teach you how to transfer a portrait image from a photograph to a paper and you will also learn how to make a sketch with pencil and charcoal drawings.

The big challenge is sketching the image of the face exactly the same as the picture. In this Youtube video you will learn how to use a grid to help you start sketching the picture and you will also learn how to get a likeness in portrait drawing. The main knowledge in this tutorial is how to sketch a portrait using charcoal and pencil which can be applied also using other mediums.

If you have not seen the previous videos yet, I encourage you to watch them so that you will learn from the beginning the step by step process on how to create a charcoal portrait. Click here to see them. Below is the video (Step-3 Girl) the third part of the series of video tutorials that I created from my Portrait Case Study-1.

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Apr 012014

A Portrait Case Study-1 (Step-1 and Step-2 Girl)

This is my first realistic portrait case study that I am going to show you so that you will learn how to draw your own with my step by step video tutorial from start to finish. The first part to create this portrait from a photo using charcoal is to show you how to draw using a grid.

The first thing to do to sketch the face of the person to a paper is to make vertical and horizontal grid lines. You will get more instructions as you watch the videos below. Most of the time drawing a portrait is to enlarge the face in the picture when you transfer it in paper or illustration board. how to draw pencil portraits - beginners

Inside this video you will see me using a grid system or worksheet to capture the likeness of the image that I am working on. You will see in these series of videos my steps in drawing portraits with charcoal and pencil using dry brush. Watching this is even more than just reading a pencil portrait book.

After you watch the two videos below you may click these links to continue learning. I invite you to click and view them here: Step-3 Girl, Step-4 Girl, Step-5 Girl, Step-6 Girl which will help you learn how to sketch the portrait and get exact likeness of the photo. I will show you different pictures and faces of persons that I will be working on in the future. Basically you will learn how to draw pencil and charcoal portraits from photographs.

I invite you to keep an eye on these video tutorials so that you will learn exactly what I did. Below are the first videos of this series. I encourage you to get a pencil and paper to take notes. You may also start your own new portrait by following this tutorial in that way you can practice as you watch.

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Jan 052014
I was thinking what to write this morning and thought about the most challenging topic in sketching is how to draw people step-by-step. When I was just starting out I have an inspiration to draw a person especially the whole physical body structure of a man and a woman. Most often as a beginner we tend to draw stick figures. Actually doing this stick figures will begin your journey to draw human figures the correct way.

How to Draw People Step by Step

Making a beautiful figure drawing needs to have these important factors: human anatomy, proportion and light and shadows. In order to draw a figure correctly you need to learn and know the details of human anatomy. It is important to understand all of the internal and exterior anatomical structures of the body but most importantly the exterior anatomy is what counts the most. You want to see how the combinations of muscles and bones form the exterior body parts like the muscular form of the arms, torso, faces, legs, etc.

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The proportion of each body parts in relation to each other is very important to have a perfect figure drawing. You want to see how the head relates to the shoulder, torso and limbs. You want to show a realistic representation of male and female figure. In this case it is important to be aware and observe the body of a real person to get the correct proportion. Check this tutorial from Wikihow.com. You will get some added knowledge in sketching people.

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Knowing the correct proportion of the body parts and the realistic anatomical structures of the male and female figures, will help you render the correct light and shadows that fall to each of them. Always know where the source of light is coming from that way you will know exactly where to render the light and shadows.

I invite you to view these videos in this post and take note on what you’ve learned to help you understand very well what I have discussed above. Always practice each steps many times and this will help you attain your goal to learn perfectly how to draw people. “Practice makes perfect!”

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Nov 292013
If you are looking for a tutorial course on how to draw portraits of people this is a must read.

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You are on the right track because I am going to show you one of the best tutorials that I found about this topic. This is a very comprehensive tutorial created by an excellent artist teacher, Stan Prokopenko. It has a very affordable price which is composed of ten video lessons and the best thing is that, one is FREE.  He shows the steps on how to draw portraits in pencil from photographs from start to finish.

His style of teaching is very nice, clear and easy to understand. His video presentations are very creative which make it easy to follow and learn the steps fast. I highly recommend his tutorial on how to draw portraits.

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Oct 042013
step by step drawing pencil portraits

Step-by-step pencil portrait drawings by talented artist Sarah Maa Albared. Check her art at her fan page.


Drawing the face in pencil is challenging and inspiring to most artists. It has a unique beauty which you can not find in any other medium to create pencil portraits. It is easy to render small and big details which you can control to make the portrait high contrast, sharp and elegant.

Based on my experience as an artist whether you are drawing a portrait of children, men or women; from life or from photos, I noticed that there are many types in creating pencil portraits. Before you even choose which you prefer, you have to figure out if you want your drawing to be in color or black and white.

There are different styles of pencil portraits; first is pencil portrait loosely drawn. This style of pencil portrait is one that I am very fond of doing. This type of portrait is depicted artistically with free flowing hand pencil renderings. I like this style because it gives me the freedom to draw without being stuck in making the portrait look realistic.

The second is the caricature style; the first step to be able to create this is to find distinctive parts of the face, then exaggerate those parts to resemble the person’s likeness. This is also one of my favorites because it is very fun to do.

The third is hyperrealism pencil portraits. For me, this is the best of all types because it will challenge you to create a portrait that is very realistic. You need to have the knowledge of the human anatomy to be able to render the portrait realistically. This is a very popular style and can be a good source of income for some artists that offer their goods and services by creating portraits with prices for sale.

You may find drawing pencil portraits difficult but in reality it is easy. The secret is that you just need to practice and know some tips and tricks on how to do it right. As an artist, I love drawing portraits using hyperrealism style.

In these video examples below you will see great tutorials on how to draw step-by-step the hyperrealism type of portrait. Keep on practicing by watching them frequently until you master how to draw pencil portraits. These pictures shown here were created by Sara Maa Albared. I encourage you to observe the renderings of this talented artist and pay attention on how she did it from the beginning up to the final stage.

Simple procedure to draw a pencil portrait: 

  1. Use a nice and clear black and white or color photograph of the person.
  2. Prepare the paper you are going to use.
  3. Sketch the face by using a grid or doing it freehand
  4. Start rendering from light to dark shadings using a pencil or graphite
  5. When finish spray with varnish to enhance the quality and to protect the art

Do you find drawing portraits easy to do? What are some areas in drawing portraits that you want to improve? Please feel free to write your comments below. Enjoy learning pencil portraits!

In this video you will learn how to draw a portrait in black and white using a brush. You will be able to see how this style of rendering is smoothly applied and done realistically. You can use this type of portrait drawing it from a photograph or from life. Video created by PortraitDrawing

If you want to create a portrait with more detailed instructions watch this video. You will learn how to perfectly sketch the face with exact likeness using a grid. You will be able to follow a tutorial showing simple and easy way to render realistically. Video created by Daisy van den Berg

You will love this video if you are looking for the kinds of materials that are good to use to create a beautiful pencil portrait; type of pencil, paper, eraser and other materials and accessories to use. You will also see steps to follow on how to draw pencil portraits. Video created by JD Hillberry

Jul 182013

When I was just starting out to draw I found that one of the most difficult thing to do is how to draw the ears. I remember when I was just a child when I was about seven years old, I kept on wasting sketch pad paper because I can’t get to sketch an ear correctly.

During those years of trial and error, I had a strong determination that I will be able to perfect the steps in drawing the ears. I encourage you to practice in doing it as many times as you can until it becomes so easy for you to do it and draw it perfectly.

You have to know how to draw the ears on a face in different angles. You also have to learn how to do it from the front, from the side and from the back which I will show you the instructions on how to do it correctly.


1) Identify the profile of the ears. In this case we will work on the side view profile.

2) Draw a sketch of an oblong slightly tilted to the right in relation to the head.

3) Create a circle in the middle and an arc adjacent to it that will form like a letter “y”.

4) Draw a smaller circle at the bottom part area. These circles and lines will resemble the different cylindrical forms that the ear have.

5) Identify where the light source is coming from before you start shading it.

6) Let us say that the light is coming from the top left side of the ear so the shadows will fall on the lower right side part of each form in the ear.

7) Start rendering it by identifying the light tones and gradually darkening the areas where the shadows are located.

8) Finish the drawing by refining the outer part outline of the ear and darkening the shadow parts to bring contrast.

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By following these steps and watching the video below, will help you reach your goal to draw a perfect ear. In my case it took me lots of time of practice until I can do an excellent job. Now it’s your turn. You can do it!

These videos were created by a very talented artist Stanislav Prokopenko. I encourage you to practice this knowledge and you will develop your skills on how to draw ears realistically.

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May 012013

One of the most difficult part of the face that most beginners have a hard time doing is how to draw noses. I remember when I was just a little boy I already had the passion to draw. Drawing the nose in pencil is one of the most challenging part of the face that I found difficult while I was just beginning to learn how to draw the human face. Below you will find a nice video created by thevirtualinstructor to help you learn more on how to draw noses effectively.

Learning it from the beginning was not easy for me and it was always a trial and error. I never gave up but kept on practicing it until I finally was able to draw the nose perfectly. I advise you to do the same! Practice is the key that will lead you to draw a nose perfectly.

The nose is designed naturally to be in the center of the face with a protruding bridge and two holes that allow the air to pass through in and out of our body. It has a bone with cartilage that forms the bridge and muscles on both sides that lead to another cartilage which forms the nostrils. It is very important to know the anatomical structure of the nose to use it as a guide to be able to draw it realistically.

Step By Step Drawing Of The Nose how to draw noses

1) To draw the nose from the front identify the center of the face. From the center make a horizontal line from the top and the bottom tips of the ears and a vertical line across it.

2) Start sketching the nose bridge from the center of the face using the vertical and horizontal lines as your guide.

3) To simplify it roughly sketch a narrow rectangle which represents the nose bridge.

4) Then draw 2 smaller circles to represent the nostrils and a slightly bigger circle in between the two nostrils.

5) Find out where the light source is and start rendering the shadows with darker tones and the highlights with lighter tones.how to draw noses

6) Continue rendering the highlights and shadows toward the lower part of the nose and the two circles which represent the nostrils.

7) Add more darker shades under the nostrils. This part will be the darkest among rest since the nostrils have holes which have darker shades.

8) Fine tune the renderings and make sure you add the highlights along the nose bridge, the tip of the nose and the walls of the nostrils.

9) Finally you’re done! Practice this method often until you reach the point where you can draw the nose easily.

10) To draw the nose from the side just pay attention to the
perspective of the face and start drawing it using the same
procedure as I instructed above.how to draw noses

Watch carefully the two amazing videos below to get some new ideas on your journey to learn how to draw noses.

Pay attention to each detail and follow each step and apply them as you practice. Remember PRACTICE makes perfect! So keep on practicing drawing the nose. Enjoy drawing!


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Video created by thevirtualinstructor

Feb 222013

This amazing eye drawing was created by Gabrielle. You can see her work at her Facebook Page Artwork By Gabrielle and Portfolio Website

One of the most important part in drawing the human face is the eye and to be more specific it is necessary that we know the step by step process on how to draw eyelashes on an eye. If you are having difficulty drawing it this article is a must read. Whether you are drawing it using a pencil or a computer using softwares like illustrator, photoshop or gimp it is a great advantage if you knew how to do it correctly. Observe this eye drawing by Gabrielle on the right. A perfect example of how to render eyelashes beautifully.

Last night I stayed up late and made some few pencil sketches to show you from start to finish how to draw eyelashes specifically on eyelids. These drawings I did below will help you compare to what have you done so far during your learning process in drawing portraits. I’ve also included below an excellent tutorial video by Brian Sandoval teaching you how to do it effectively in a very detailed and simple way.

I suggest that you bring with you a pencil, a sketch pad and a notebook so that you can follow and practice this tutorial as you read this post. My advise is for you to do this frequently to get effective results. Remember also that the 3 most important part in creating a beautiful painting and it is also true in drawing are; know the anatomy, perspective and add contrast.

how to draw eyelashes 1

(Step 1) Study the anatomy of the eye. Observe the bones and muscles around it and apply the perspective of the eye form. Once you have gathered all these start doing the sketch with simple outlines.






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(Step 2) In this drawing I’m using a regular pencil rendering in cross hatch style.  Continue drawing by adding some more pencil strokes . Make the sketches more define to slowly form the eye. The eyelashes should be drawn a little longer to show the gracefulness of a female eye.






how to draw eyelashes 3

(Step 3) Pay attention to where the light is coming from then you will know where the shadow falls. Once you identify where it is, continue rendering in pencil until you come to the point where the dark and light shadows are balance. Don’t forget to leave a few white dots for the reflection of the pupil.

Finally you are done! Keep on practicing this and you will learn how to draw eyelashes correctly. Have fun!




Video created by Brian Sandoval

Feb 162013

In drawing the human face one of the most important facial feature to know is how to draw lips. When I was just starting out it took me awhile to learn how to draw it. I have gathered below the simplest way on how to draw lips step by step with pencil. Scroll down and you will also see an excellent video with instructions on how to draw lips.

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a close lips. Hopefully in the future I will prepare some posts on how to draw the mouth that is open or smiling with teeth, lips for kids and lipstick kiss. As you begin learning this drawing technique, you will find that to draw the lips is very easy.

Step By Step Instructions:

1) Sketch the upper and lower lips by becoming aware of its right and left side corners and make a straight line connecting these two corners.

2) To keep it simple and easy to draw the lips you have to identify the shapes that form the upper and lower lips. These shapes will serve as your guide to help you draw the lips easily.

3) In the upper lip you can see that it is compose of three shapes. To demonstrate this, draw one oblong on the right part and one oblong on the left part plus a circle in between these two oblongs. Do this by sketching them very light.

4) Usually the lower lip is thicker than the upper lip. To do this draw two oblongs and make sure that they are a little bit bigger than the forms on the upper lip. Now start drawing one oblong on the right side and one oblong on the left side.

5) When you are done sketching these shapes use them as your guide to start drawing the outlines of the lips using a dark lead pencil.

6) Find out the source of light so that you will know where the shadows fall. Let’s say the light comes from above so the shadows should fall under the upper lip and under the lower lip. Begin applying your shadings using a dark lead pencil until you are finished.

You may bookmark this page so that you can go back again and make this as your reference guide on how to draw lips.

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Dec 292012

One of the most difficult part to draw the face is how to draw eyes step by step.  When I was just learning how to draw people drawing the eyes is the most challenging for me.  For those of you who are just beginning to learn how to draw this post will be helpful for you.  If you don’t have the courage to draw or not sure if you have the talent, I encourage you to read my previous post here which will help you discover your artist within.

Below after this image are my simple step by step procedures on how to draw the eyes.  I created rough sketches of this tutorial to show you very quickly simple tricks on how to do this. You will also find as you scroll down a detailed tutorial video which you can follow to render this correctly.  I want you to pay more attention on the reflection of the eyes.  I always add this white dot in the pupil when I draw the eyes because this adds life and realistic effect to it.  Check out this beautiful work by Esteljf on DiviantArt.  Look at the way she beautifully draw the eyes.  Art by Esteljf on DiviantArt http://esteljf.deviantart.com

Beautifully rendered pencil art of a face. Observe the way the eyes was drawn. Check out this beautiful pencil art, Half of you_Christina Aguilera by Josi Fabri, Esteljf on DiviantArt

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This is the final pencil art. Check below the step by step drawings

I created this simple step by step procedure below on how to draw eyes to help you start creating it easily.  Observe how I did it and learn from it.

I also found another great artist that teaches how to draw the eyes beautifully.  He wrote an e-book which you can get it right away online.  Click Here!

I also encourage you to write your comments and questions below if there is something that you want to learn or expound more about this topic.  Let’s help each other learn how to draw!

How To Draw Eyes

1)  The most important thing to consider learning before you even attempt to draw the eyes is to know the anatomy of the eyes.  Learning the structure of the muscles around the eyes and the bones that hold it will help you draw the eyes correctly.

2)  Start sketching the eyes by following its anatomical structure outlining in pencil the shape of the eyes, pupil, eyelashes and eyebrows.

3)  The shapes and forms learned from the anatomy will help us know how the light and shadows fall around the eyes.  This is the technique to draw the eyes that will look natural and realistic.

4)  Find out where is your light source so you can render the shadows around the eyes correctly.  Start rendering it using pencil and be aware of its light source so you can easily spot where the shadows will be.

5)  The final and most important part to render which will make the eyes look real is to add the highlight and reflection within it.  Usually it is a tiny white dot that is rendered in the pupil.

Observe and follow how I draw the eyes step by step and if you do it correctly you will find yourself rendering it very easy.  Have you ever tried drawing the eyes or are you still learning on how to do it correctly?

I will be happy to hear your comments by clicking the comment link on the upper right side corner of this post or start writing it below.  I wish you the best in learning how to draw eyes step by step!

how to draw eyes

Base on the anatomy draw the eyes using a pencil

how to draw eyes step by step with pencil

Start rendering it by applying the light and shadows

how to draw eyes step by step for beginners

Continue rendering by being conscious on the light source

how to draw eyes step by step

Leave a white dot inside the pupil for the reflection

Video created by markcrilley

Sep 112011

One of the greatest thing that gives happiness in life is the expression of yourself through painting. Imagine yourself creating a beautiful portrait of your friend or finding yourself drawing and painting a landscape very spontaneously. You have seen drawings by pencil created by great masters and you wish that you painted like them. However, not all these can’t be achieved if we don’t know how to do it correctly by means of knowing the relationship of values and color.

You probably did a few strokes already in your pencil portrait project or perhaps you are just beginning to learn the first steps. Whatever stage you are in, it is very important to know the process of drawing by means of creating lines and adding value which is also referred to as “tone” and understanding how value translate to colors which you will experience mostly in drawing and painting.

When you start rendering the portrait, let the artist within you do its creative work by knowing first how to do the basic skills in whatever you are drawing. As you progress you will begin to know the importance of value by means of rendering light and shadows. Through this, you will eventually begin to identify colors to your portrait drawings. The best way to keep in mind is to always see value as colors.

You will know this once you have learned the relationship of light and shadows from light to dark tones that is mostly use in drawing. This will be an effective guide for those who want to succeed in drawing and adding colors usually is experience in painting. This is the way to put colors into your drawings.

Five Steps To Find Colors In Value

1) Sketch your subject matter which is the portrait. Do all the line drawings of each part of the face using a dark lead pencil.

2) Identify where the light source is coming from. You can have it coming from the upper right side corner or left side corner of the paper. This light source is very important because through it your subject will be formed by means of shades, which is value, and from value to colors.

3) Using a pencil draw the shades and shadows of each facial parts of the face from the lightest to the darkest tone depending on how the light distributes them.

4) Each shades from dark to light, which is called value, signifies a particular color tone. From the darkest shades to the medium to the lightest will translate a color tone. Example: yellow will fall in the lightest shade, orange will be in the medium shade and brown will fall to the darkest shade.

5) Dark shades will signify a darker color value like for example the dark shade of a hair would be the color of a dark brown hair. Light blue eyes would be in the medium dark shade tonal value. A light shade tone would be the color of a fair complexion of a facial skin tones.

The best way to render colors is the ability to see colors as different shades of value. You will know this once you become familiar with the relationship of light and shadows in drawing. This is the effective way to succeed in drawing and applying the colors in painting.

Jul 252011

Don’t you want to see yourself drawing an excellent realistic portrait of your friend?  Do you want to hear everyone behind your back saying “Wow, what an amazing work!”?  We are constantly learning and searching for a perfect way to achieve the best results we want in drawing portraits.  In addition, one of the best ways in achieving an excellent technique is creating it from photos to portraits.

When I was just starting out to do portraits, I always had a problem working on the sketch.  Sometimes the result shows that the likeness is not the same like the model.  The model that you are working on should be still and not moving so that you can grasp exactly the proportion and outlines of the face.

Using a photograph to draw a beautiful portrait is the surest way to avoid flaws in achieving the likeness of the person’s face you are working on.  Using a photograph will create an exact proportion of the different facial parts of the face.  You will not worry about drawing the lips incorrectly or doing the eyes slightly further than the alignment to the lips.  In other words, you will get the exact proportion of the face you are working on.

All these become easy because you can control the way you draw the face from a photograph.  A photo does not move and it does not distract your eyes while you are drawing.  Unlike in the live model portraiture most of the time you cannot control the occasional movements of the model’s face.

The first step you have to do to render a pencil portrait is to take a digital photograph of the face of the person who asked you to make a portrait art.  Then print the digital file to the size you want the portrait to be.  If you do not have a digital file of the photograph, the best techniques is by scanning the photograph in paper and print it to the size of the final art portrait that you are going to create.  Then trace with a pencil the printed enlarged image of the face using a light box.  Using this technique will prevent you from making a portrait that does not look like the model.

Once you sketched the overall facial parts of the face, you are now ready to render the final drawing using either a mechanical pencil or a B or 2 B or HB lead pencil, or you can even use a regular pencil and make sure they are sharpened.  Draw this portrait with pencil on illustration board or a sketched pad with smooth finish surface.  Pencil portrait do an excellent result on smooth surface that shows a crisp and clean finish art.

How to Use a Photograph to Create a Pencil Portrait:

1)    Take a digital photograph of the model that asked you to make a portrait or get a regular photograph on photo paper.

2)    If you do not have a digital file of the face, scan the regular photograph in paper.

3)    Print the digital file photo or the scanned one to the size you want for the portrait.

4)    Work with a clear and big photograph.  Then trace the outline of the whole facial parts of the face on a clean smooth paper surface.

5)    Render with pencil the light and shadow of the different parts of the face using crosshatch or smooth pencil strokes.

6)    Review what you have done and see if you have to add more shades or check anything that you have to fix. Finally, you are finish and ready to show it!

There are many advantages in using photographs as references to do  portraits.  Take that reference and you will be able to finish in a short amount of time that way you will avoid the problems you encounter with a live model.

You can also come back anytime without rushing to continue working on it where as to do it with a live model you will be forced to finish it fast during your session to avoid the constant facial movements.  With a photograph, you can get the best likeness and work from there.  Rendering portrait from photograph is really one of the best techniques.


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May 262011

Learning to draw is quite a challenge for you especially if you have not even tried drawing a face out of pencil. But the process is just as easy like a baby just beginning to learn to walk. Drawing deals mostly with the way you see things and not only just that but to see objects the way an artist sees them. It can be learned and possess as your ability just like an artist does.

You would not even try to learn how to draw because you already put a big barrier in your mind that says “I can’t draw!”. Having said this makes you think it’s impossible to try it. But with the firm desire and knowledge of the right way to draw will put you to the first steps to successful drawing.

By learning the right way of seing things just like an artist does will be the best way to start learning it. Following after this is the importance of practicing the skill. You can begin learning by rendering a simple doodle which will bring you to a higher level of a more sophisticated renderings like portraits to draw,

Artists somewhat see things differently. The question is, “how do they see things?” Their keen ability to observe what they draw plus their natural strength of their mind by using the right side of the brain which is the artistic part of us are essential for the ability of an artistic vision.

They have the strong awareness of what they are doing and somewhat lost the attention with time which they feel joyful and relaxed while drawing. We see them stress free and seem very easy for them to choose any art materials to use pencil for drawing objects in a spontaneous manner.

All these creative bliss are enjoyed in the present moment as they enter into a new dimension where there is no future and past only the joy of creating in the present, the timeless moment, the state of being.

You will probably say that all of these qualities mentioned above are for those people with natural creative talent. Yes it is true but the the basic drawing skills can be achieved by anyone who will desire to learn the way the artist sees and think. We all have the gift within us. You have it. We are all born us creative human beings. It is just a matter of digging it and letting it out.

Six Steps To Learn The Skills In Drawing:

1) Allow your mind to shift to the right side of your brain where the natural creative energy flows and where your intellectual reasons and the sense of the future and past are not present.

2) Detach yourself from anything external even your feelings but only be aware of the present by knowing that you are bound to start your purpose of making your first stroke of pencil in drawing.

3) As you enter into this realm of timeless moment your awareness of what you are doing becomes strong. You will find yourself in the state of being. You become aware of your hand holding the pencil moving around touching the paper and seing the first strokes of lines forming your the masterpiece of what you want to draw.

4) Put yourself in the state where nothing exist but only your enjoyment and blissful feeling of creating. This is were the right side of your brain is actively moving.

5) Stay in your stress free mode by not caring about anything only to fulfill your creative purpose to finish your sketches in drawing.

6) Practice these steps above in your learning process to improve your drawing skills in the artistic field of portraits in pencil, flower sketching, landscape renderings, etc.

You just did what you can’t do before. You’ve learned how to draw! Let it grow by means of continuous practice. Congratulations! You made it!

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