Well, we finally made it. The portrait is almost completed but we are not quite there yet. We still lack some finishing touches to add before we can call it done. This is the part of your drawing where you will need to spend the most time.
Blending the shading is most important process when drawing a portrait. In order to produce a smooth gradient you must create a believable transition between the shading and light. Now, there are several methods to do this but I’m going to stick with only a couple.
One of the keys to a successful portrait drawing is to properly build up the layers of graphite in your shading. In this video I will be showing you how to extend your gradients and create smooth transitions to the shading of your portraits.
This video will get you started on the shading layout and foundation for the skin tones. One of the first things to do after you have the portrait laid out on your drawing paper is to begin the shading. The best way that I’ve found to do this is to begin laying out the tonal changes very lightly onto the paper.
A couple of months ago a friend I were talking about my profile photo on the site and how a drawing of my profile picture would fit in better with the theme instead of a photo. Well, that got me to thinking what if I just replaced it with a self-portrait drawing that I turned into a Portrait Drawing Video Series for Beginners.