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Now, that you have decided who your subject is and on your inspiration. It is time to practise some techniques.


  •  Start with some warm up tasks to get your eye tuned in to the small details and space between features on the face. This can be done on scrap paper if you wish.


Step 1: Draw your model with your writing hand. Time yourself to no more than 5 minutes.


Step 2: Take 2 - 3 minutes to really look at your model. Try to spot what you didn’t see in step 1. This time you are going to draw with the hand you don’t usually write with.


Step 3: This time I would like you to take 2 – 3 minutes to study the face of your model again. Look at the space between the features on the face. How big is the space between the lips and the nose (1 finger space?)? How big is the space between the forehead and the start of the hairline? For this step you are going to be drawing the same model with your eyes closed so you will need to think about where you are going to start on your page.


Step 4: Review – The three steps will hopefully help you to understand three important things: Take your time when drawing, study your model carefully and think about where you are going to start your portrait on the page before you start drawing.


We are going to be focusing on line and shading.

Take another look at the portrait you chose as your inspiration. Which line techniques do you think best suit your artist and their work? There are some videos below that might help you.

  1. Shading and blending:


  1. Cross-Hatching:


  1. Stippling:

You may wish to have a go at drawing different parts of their face and using different shading techniques. It may be a good idea to have a go at drawing the parts that you found trickiest in the warm up such as the nose or mouth.
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