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The Art of Portraiture

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This interactive presentation was developed to help art students learn and apply the basics of portraiture. Users are guided step-by-step through the entire process of drawing a human portrait. …

This interactive presentation was developed to help art students learn and apply the basics of portraiture. Users are guided step-by-step through the entire process of drawing a human portrait. Afterward, students are asked to submit a drawing for review. Students will apply this new knowledge to drawing portraits of subjects such as Great Americans, Great Artists, Gods of Mythology, etc.

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  • 1. The Art of Portraiture Drawing the Human Head By Brian Anderson
  • 2. The Art of Portraiture Drawing the Human Head By Brian Anderson
  • 3. The Art of Portraiture Drawing the Human Head
  • 4. The Art of Portraiture Drawing the Human Head Please click this button.
  • 5. This button will move you forward through the unit.
  • 6. This button will move you forward through the unit. Don’t forget to click this button.
  • 7. See. You’ve already figured it out.
  • 8. There you go.
  • 9. There you go.
  • 10. Right on.
  • 11. This new button takes you back to the previous slide.
  • 12. Ready to move on, eh?
  • 13. Let’s move on then.
  • 14. Let’s move on then.
  • 15. These buttons allow you to go back to the beginning of the current chapter or skip to the next.
  • 16. These buttons allow you to go back to the beginning of the current chapter or skip to the next.
  • 17. These buttons allow you to go back to the beginning of the current chapter or skip to the next.
  • 18. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Art Supplies Chapter 2: Head Proportions Chapter 3: Drawing the Outline Chapter 4: Adding Features
  • 19. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Art Supplies Chapter 2: Head Proportions Chapter 3: Drawing the Outline Chapter 4: Adding Features
  • 20. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Art Supplies Chapter 2: Head Proportions Chapter 3: Drawing the Outline Chapter 4: Adding Features This is your home button.
  • 21. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Art Supplies Chapter 2: Head Proportions Chapter 3: Drawing the Outline Chapter 4: Adding Features It’ll take you back here.
  • 22. Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Art Supplies Chapter 2: Head Proportions Chapter 3: Drawing the Outline Chapter 4: Adding Features
  • 23. Let’s begin.
  • 24. Chapter 1 Art Supplies
  • 25. You will need some art supplies like ...
  • 26. paper Letter-sized (8 1/2 x 11) will do.
  • 27. pencil with an eraser.
  • 28. ruler
  • 29. Use these tools to draw as you progress through this program.
  • 30. After this program, you will submit a portrait for review.
  • 31. You may repeat any portion of this program, if necessary.
  • 32. For this unit, you’re going to draw a portrait that looks like this one.
  • 33. Don’t worry if yours isn’t exactly the same.
  • 34. If you’re a beginner, follow the steps as closely as possible.
  • 35. If you’re a bit more practiced, you may make variations to your own drawing.
  • 36. When you’ve finished with this unit, don’t forget to turn in your drawing for credit.
  • 37. Your drawing will be graded on overall head shape, feature placement and correctness.
  • 38. Are you ready?
  • 39. Then, let’s begin.
  • 40. Chapter 2 Head Proportions
  • 41. Let’s start by creating a model for our head. Similar to a mannequin.
  • 42. The height of a human head is 1.5 times its width.
  • 43. 5” This head is 5 inches wide therefore, its height would 7 / ” 1 2 measure 7 1/2 inches.
  • 44. Always begin your drawing with a rectangle. (Don’t draw just yet.)
  • 45. You will need a rectangle that’s about half the size of your paper. (Hold off a little longer.)
  • 46. You can draw any size rectangle as long as its height is 1.5 times its width.
  • 47. Now, draw a rectangle with the ruler. Draw lightly. It’s easier to erase later if you do.
  • 48. Now, draw a rectangle with the ruler. Draw lightly. It’s easier to erase later if you do.
  • 49. Now, draw a rectangle with the ruler. Draw lightly. It’s easier to erase later if you do.
  • 50. Now, draw a rectangle with the ruler. Draw lightly. It’s easier to erase later if you do.
  • 51. If you’re 5” having a hard time, draw this one. 7/ ” 1 2 It measures 5 inches by 7 21/ inches.
  • 52. Do you have a rectangle?
  • 53. That’s okay. Keep trying until you do. When you’re ready, click the forward button.
  • 54. If you’re really stuck, why don’t you start from the beginning. Click the rewind button.
  • 55. Good, you got it. Let’s move on.
  • 56. Chapter 3 Drawing the Outline
  • 57. In this chapter, you’re going to begin drawing the face.
  • 58. A human head is symmetrical.
  • 59. Symmetrical means one side mirrors or reflects the other.
  • 60. Let’s divide this head vertically through its center.
  • 61. See how each half looks the same, only reflected.
  • 62. To help, let’s create guides to keep everything in order.
  • 63. Divide your rectangle in half using a vertical line.
  • 64. Next, divide your rectangle in half using a horizontal line.
  • 65. You should have something that looks similar to this.
  • 66. We’re going to start with the top of the head.
  • 67. Draw a gently curved line like this one.
  • 68. Then, bring it down the other side.
  • 69. Cone Make sure Head your head isn’t too pointy ...
  • 70. Flat Or, too flat. Head
  • 71. Don’t give up. Keep trying until you get the shape you want.
  • 72. Drawing the jaw line is different than the top of the head.
  • 73. A human head is egg-shaped.
  • 74. Therefore, the jaw should be a bit more pointy. Here’s one line.
  • 75. Here’s the other.
  • 76. This is a good shape and size for a human head.
  • 77. Divide the horizontal midline into five equal 1 2 3 4 5 parts using four marks.
  • 78. A human head is five eyes wide. 1 2 3 4 5
  • 79. And, the eyes are located on gaps 2 & 4. 1 2 3 4 5
  • 80. Draw the top of the eye. It should look like the top half of a football.
  • 81. Finish the bottom of the eye. See how it looks like a football?
  • 82. Repeat the last two steps to draw the right eye. Step one.
  • 83. Step two.
  • 84. Draw a line halfway between the eye line and the chin.
  • 85. This line marks the bottom of the nose.
  • 86. Place two small marks halfway between each eye and the center vertical line.
  • 87. These marks indicate the width of the bridge of the nose.
  • 88. Drop two dotted lines from the inside of each eye to the nose line.
  • 89. These dotted lines mark the width of the nose at the nostrils.
  • 90. Draw a diagonal line as indicated.
  • 91. Continue to draw the line above the eye with a smooth curved line. This is the orbital bone.
  • 92. Draw another diagonal line as indicated.
  • 93. Again, draw the line above the eye with a smooth curved line.
  • 94. Erase the dotted lines (marked here in pink).
  • 95. Draw a horizontal line that rests on the top of the eyes.
  • 96. This line marks the top of the ears.
  • 97. The top of the ear is top even with the top of the eye. The ear lobe ends with the nose. lobe
  • 98. Draw a line similar to the red one.
  • 99. Draw the other ear. Both ears should be symmetrical – they mirror one another.
  • 100. Draw a horizontal line halfway between the nose and the chin.
  • 101. This line marks the bottom of the lips.
  • 102. Draw another horizontal line halfway between the lip line and the nose line.
  • 103. This line marks the top of the lips.
  • 104. Drop two dotted lines from the center of the eyes to the bottom lip line.
  • 105. Now, let’s take a moment and clean up our drawing.
  • 106. Erase the lines marked in pink from your drawing.
  • 107. Your drawing should look like this one now.
  • 108. Let’s finish by adding the neck.
  • 109. The lines begin at the ear lobes and gently curve inward before curving outward.
  • 110. We have our model. Beautiful.
  • 111. Chapter 4 Adding Features
  • 112. Let’s now improve our model by adding realistic features.
  • 113. The eyes.
  • 114. This view is a close-up of our drawing from earlier.
  • 115. Remember to draw lightly until you “see” the correct line.
  • 116. Draw the upper upper lid first.
  • 117. Then, draw the lower one. lower
  • 118. Now connect them with short curved line like the one shown.
  • 119. Add another curved line, to indicate the pink, fleshy area in the corner of eyes.
  • 120. Add the iris. This is the iris colored area of the eye such as blue or green eyes.
  • 121. Notice that the top of the iris is covered by the upper lid.
  • 122. Draw the pupil pupil in the center of the iris.
  • 123. Draw the crease crease of the upper eyelid.
  • 124. Draw the crease for the lower lid. crease
  • 125. For an added touch, draw one more curved line to indicate the bulge of the eye.
  • 126. Erase the lines marked in pink.
  • 127. You now have an outline of a realistic human eye.
  • 128. Let’s draw the other one.
  • 129. Remember upper to start with the upper lid.
  • 130. Draw the lower one. lower
  • 131. Connect them to create the inside corner of the eye.
  • 132. Draw the fleshy part.
  • 133. Add the iris. iris
  • 134. Draw the pupil pupil.
  • 135. Draw the crease upper crease.
  • 136. Draw the lower one. crease
  • 137. Add the bulge line.
  • 138. Erase the pink lines.
  • 139. Another eye done. Good Job!
  • 140. The eyebrows.
  • 141. A compliment to the eye, the eyebrow is an important feature of the human face.
  • 142. Orbital bone It rests just above the line of the orbital bone ...
  • 143. It accentuates the eye and separates it from the forehead.
  • 144. The hairs grow towards the outside of the face. Pay attention to their direction.
  • 145. When drawing the eyebrow use lots of curved lines of varying lengths.
  • 146. Erase the pink line.
  • 147. You now have the making of a realistic human brow.
  • 148. Repeat for the other side.
  • 149. Erase the extra lines.
  • 150. Another one!
  • 151. The nose.
  • 152. Use only lines to draw the nose. Do not use shapes.
  • 153. Start with the tip of the nose. Use a wavy line like this one.
  • 154. Add one nostril ...
  • 155. And then the next.
  • 156. Use a wavy line to indicate one side of the nose.
  • 157. The bulge at the bottom reveals the nose to have some form.
  • 158. Add a broken line to the other side to define its edge. This also gives the nose thickness.
  • 159. Include a few extra little lines to help with definition - make it look more real.
  • 160. Delete the lines in pink.
  • 161. Voila! You have a nose.
  • 162. The mouth.
  • 163. Like the eyes, the lips are a very expressive feature of the human face.
  • 164. The lips are created with three distinct lines and they center around this box.
  • 165. The first defines the line where the upper and lower lips meet.
  • 166. The second marks the edge of the upper lip.
  • 167. Remember to include the characteristic “dip” in the center.
  • 168. The third line finishes the lower lip and defines its fullness - narrow lips or thick lips?
  • 169. Add some texture to the lips by adding some fine lines.
  • 170. Erase the rectangle.
  • 171. Houston, We have lips!
  • 172. The ear.
  • 173. The ear is less difficult than it may appear.
  • 174. It can be drawn with as little as three lines.
  • 175. Start with the outside of the ear. This line defines the ear’s shape.
  • 176. The second line shows the opening to the inner ear.
  • 177. The ear is made of folds of skin and this third line shows the inside ring.
  • 178. Clean up your drawing by erasing the pink line.
  • 179. You now have an outline of a realistic human ear.
  • 180. Let’s do the other one.
  • 181. Line one. The outside of the ear.
  • 182. Line two. The opening to the ear.
  • 183. Line three. Outside ring.
  • 184. Don’t forget to erase the extra line.
  • 185. The other ear is now done. You’re doing great!
  • 186. The sides of the face.
  • 187. Let’s finish the face by finishing the sides.
  • 188. The sides of the face protrude from the cheek and indent at each temple.
  • 189. The sides of the face protrude from the cheek and indent at each temple.
  • 190. Darken the line for the neck, but don’t darken the scalp. We still have hair to do.
  • 191. You now have one realistic, uhmmmmmm, bald human head.
  • 192. The hair.
  • 193. The hair begins at the scalp and grows outward from there.
  • 194. Pay strict attention to the direction of hair.
  • 195. Use wavy lines of different lengths.
  • 196. If you want an area darker, add more lines.
  • 197. Take your time. Hair often makes or breaks a portrait drawing.
  • 198. You now have one realistic human head.
  • 199. Remember to turn in your drawing to receive credit.
  • 200. And don’t forget, if you want to get better, then you have to practice.
  • 201. The Art of Portraiture Drawing the Human Head By Brian Anderson