Step by step pencil drawing of a friend's portrait and simple technique on how to make a quick pencil portrait, with illustrations.

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Authored by @Akazu

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Greetings friends!
Happy Sunday to you..

Here is a quick pencil portrait I made for my friend as a birthday gift. I used a blurry (smudging) method of shading on his face and his attire, while the hat was made with combined hatching methods in a scribble form, with just a layer. I did really spend much time shading the hat because I was already running out of time, he was to travel the next morning and I had to present it to him before his trip. Well, I'm glad I delivered it on time and he liked it. I do hope you'd like it too!

THE MAKING OF THE PORTRAIT

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A SIMPLE TECHNIQUE ON HOW TO MAKE A QUICK PENCIL PORTRAIT

Before I round things up, I would like to share a simple technique on how to make a quick portrait. Note this, every portrait comes with different ways of approach, and what brings out the facial resemblance in a picture is a perfect drawing of the eyes, nose, and mouth.

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I drew these images many years ago, when I don't have any shading ideas. Obviously, these are flat plain outlines drawings without any form of shading but they still portrays the faces of these Nigeria actresses showing below.

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This is to tell you that the right placement of the eyes, nose, and mouth is very important in portrait making. But to make a fast portrait, it's good you don't start detailing other parts of the image immediately you achieve the right picture of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Try a single layer shading technique on the image. The image below is a perfect example of a face shading, having one layer.

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After this is done, use a darker shade of pencil to differentiate the light areas as shown in your reference picture, then smudge the rough strokes of your pencil.

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This picture is a good illustration of the differentiation of the light areas with unblended strokes. Another two layers added to this image, will make a perfectly drawn portrait of a couple. This technique really helped me to finish the image below on time. That's why I decided to share it with you.

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Thanks friends for stopping by! Do have a beautiful week ahead.. bye for now.



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Excellent work Congratulations!

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Thanks friends. I'm glad you like it😘

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