Saturday, September 24, 2011

Portrait Sketch

I belong to a small portrait group and this month's photo is by babasteve from Flickr.  Photos are used with his permission by the portrait group. 

The top photo is a crop of the bottom one and is most like the reference photo.  I wanted to add more information so I sketched beyond what the reference photo showed to give a vignette look.   I think the chin would look more rounded if there was more shading.  The turtleneck shirt wasn't finished either so her neck area looks like wrinkles rather than a shirt. 
The paper was shaded using an F graphite pencil then started the drawing with the chin and shoulder line, working my way up the portrait, as shown in the above photo.  I did use vertical lines for placement of nostril edges and lips plus measured the width of the eye to get the bridge of the nose width. 

11 comments:

Unknown said...

That's lovely! I think graphite is so expressive for portraits. Very nice!

Pat said...

You captured great feeling in this drawing Ann. Bravo! xx

RH Carpenter said...

This is beautifully drawn, Ann! I wouldn't do anything but soften the "wrinkles" in the neck and leave it as is - she doesn't need a turtleneck or shirt of any kind - just work on getting the same skin tone on her shoulders and small part of upper back showing. Really beautiful!

Linda Roth said...

Yes, I would fudge the twist wrinkles and let it go at that. It looks good.

Gary Keimig said...

nice sketch. Simple and direct

ann @ studiohyde said...

Hi Ann, interesting to know how you went about this portrait, I can understand your process....and a great portrait it is too.....[ann's art].

Crystal Cook said...

This is beautiful Ann!! You've nailed her expression. :) Can't wait to see it painted.

Judy said...

Beautiful soft portrait!

norapaints@blogspot.com said...

Nicely done Ann, you captured her eyes so well.

Ann Buckner said...

Thank you everyone. I appreciate you!

Maria Kovalenko Leysens said...

Just lovely! Enjoyed catching up with your blog... Lots of great info. Thank you for sharing.