Pencil Portrait


I’ve always enjoyed drawing portraits, even though they can be fairly time consuming depending on the style you’re going for. I set myself the challenge of completing a portrait over the holidays. As you can see I’ve spent time building up the tone using a range of pencils. Also I used different marks to render textures such as stippling (dots) for his stubbly beard and faint scribbling to enhance the skin-like appearance. This is a traditional take on a portrait and in a lot of ways reflects my own personal drawing style, however if your style is more expressive then maybe your portraits would have more messy and bolder lines. There is no right way to draw a portrait. Practice, experiment, and find out what works best for you!

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