Portrait Drawing for Beginners – Part 2 – Establishing the Shading Foundation


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. This will give a base to work off of and lay the foundation for the darker layers.


The main topics covered in this video will help figure out the ranges that you can produce with your pencils so that when you begin the drawing you can take a lot of the guess work out of what pencils to use. Also, I will show you where and how to start shading your portrait by building up the darkest values with your lightest pencil.

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In this second installment of the “How to Draw Portrait” series I will be taking you through the process of building the foundation layer of shading for you portrait.

Topics Covered:

  1. Familiarizing yourself with your pencils
  2. Where to start with the shading
  3. Building up the darkest values with the lightest pencil


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