My latest art work is a realistic pencil drawing of a glass of water. Drawing a glass is not that difficult. The artist needs to pay attention to different values and how each section is placed in relationship to each other.
An optical illusion can mostly be seen in the mid section of the glass. Light bends the image so that we see parts of the bottom of the glass. The water line also gives away the presence of water inside the glass. I plan to create a free tutorial that will teach you how to draw the glass.
I have been working on this drawing for a couple of weeks now and getting to a place where I am eager to see the final result. It is always nice to reach a point where the drawing process excites the artist. You will also find that there comes a ‘doubting’ phase where you are unsure about the progress and not sure if you nailed the likeness of the person. Always push through this stage and do not give up. Continue to add all the elements to your drawing. Then you can objectively criticize your work.
At this point I will flip the drawing and reference photo up side down to make sure I am on track. You will be amazed how effective this technique is since your brain sees the drawing from a complete different perspective. It is very easy to see mistakes.
The pencil drawing is part of an ebook I am currently writing that teaches how to drawing realistic portraits from a photograph. The book will be available on the iBooks store and Amazon. Stay tuned!
One easy way to draw from a photograph and get the proportions correct, is to use a grid. This is a technique used for many centuries by the old masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the tutorial section you will find a tutorial that will show you how to use a grid to make an accurate drawing from a photography.
Today I’m going to show you another cool pencil drawing technique that I use in some of my pencil portraits.
Occasionally the artist needs to cover a larger area with graphite. It could be very time consuming to use a pencil to do this. One way to quickly cover large areas is to use a soft paintbrush with graphite powder. Apply the graphite with the brush.
You will have to practice this technique since the graphite powder tends to go on darker than you intended. It is easy to go dark but rather tricky to have very smooth and light values.
Here is what I do to create a soft lighter value: Dip only the tip of the brush in a little graphite powder. Now dab most of the graphite off on a piece of paper. Rub with your brush on the paper until you see the desired value. Now your brush is ready to fill in the lighter areas.
Carefully apply pressure with the brush. I apply the graphite powder in a circular motion. The above drawing is in its early stages. The softer values on the skin was achieve by using graphite powder. You can see the finished result if you move your mouse over the image.
Some time ago I finished this drawing of actor Brad Pitt. I especially loved the light setup in the original photo that resulted in dark and deep shadows. This is the ideal image to draw since there are many levels of value allowing the artist to create a realistic pencil portrait.
The entire drawing was done using a 0.7mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead. Mechanical pencils allow for great details. The drawing was done on 2-ply Bristol Paper. Bristol is a tough paper that allows for many layers of graphite enabling the artist to create nice dark tones.
See my free drawing tutorials that will teach you how to draw in pencil.
So much about a person’s personality or mood can be seen by simply looking at the expression in the eyes.
This makes portrait drawing somewhat challenging. It is easy to miss the likeness of a face by making mistakes with the eye. But don’t despair! Drawing a realistic eye can be done!
I finished this drawing over the weekend and also created a tutorial and video explaining the steps. Follow the link above or see it in my tutorial section.