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Old 03-07-2006, 12:59 AM   #1
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Wink Portrait Drawing For Beginners.

Hello Everyone, I've Created A Relatively Simple Portrait Drawing Tutorial That I Attempt To Break Down The Steps Into Three Main Sequence, It Dopesn't Include Advance Shading Technique And Human Skull Diagrams, It's Based On A Simple "Draw What You See" Technique.

I Believe I've Gotten Relatively Good Results With It, Hope It Might Benefit You.

http://www.bracercom.com/Tutorial%5...ngPortrait.html


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Old 03-07-2006, 02:18 AM   #2
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looks pretty cool from here . Thanx allot!
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Old 03-07-2006, 02:24 AM   #3
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Thank you. I learned from this.


What would you advise for someone that wants to do a cartoon of someone, but does not want to offend them ?
( For instance, if someone has a huge nose, crooked teeth, or large ears )

How can you draw these features exaggerated, but non-offensively ?

Thanks !
 
Old 03-07-2006, 02:53 AM   #4
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It's Nice To Feel That You Have Benefited Someone, So Thank You "laureato di arte" And "Vegan".

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What would you advise for someone that wants to do a cartoon of someone, but does not want to offend them ?
( For instance, if someone has a huge nose, crooked teeth, or large ears )

How can you draw these features exaggerated, but non-offensively ?

Thanks !
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Wah.....I Don't Think I Can Answer That Question, Because It Seems....It Have Nothing To Do With Drawing Capability Or The Way You Express It But Everything To Do With The Person You Are Drawing, Can He/She Take The Joke ? Can He/She "Tolerate" Your "Artistic" Interpretations ?
Basically, You Must Know Whether You Can Joke With Him/Her Or Not. heh

Try.....Try This, Draw A Big Oval, Then Draw Two Small Circle Inside Then Show Them And Say "This Is How Your Nose Looked Like".

If Their Respond Is A Smile, Then You Need To Guess Whether They Really OK With It Or Am Planning To Destroy Your House With An AT Bomb Later.

Or If They Go Mad And Push You To The Floor And Start Kicking You Again And Again Until The Camera Don't Even Want To Show You Being Kick And Just Merely Shot The Upper Part Of Your Friends Torso Moving And Kicking You Endlessly With His Angry Expression Then You Better Don't Try.

So Basically, It's Up To His/Her Character.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:18 AM   #5
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If you are tempted to do a second tutorial, or write any artictle, try not to capitalize the first alphabet of every word. It makes for very difficult reading.
 
Old 03-07-2006, 08:51 AM   #6
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Nice likeness on that, and a good set of guidelines. I'll second nafa's suggestion about capitalization, though. It seems like a small thing, but it really makes it rather headache-inducing to read.

Vegan: Caricatures can be a touchy subject, but if someone asks for a caricature, take it as if they're asking for it. If they haven't asked, then figure out how well you know the person, and as Bracer said, figure out if they'll be okay with it. I've generally found that caricatures tend to be well-received, though, for the simple reason that they take effort and time. I find female caricatures a lot tougher to pull off, though.
 
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Nice Drawings To "LoTekK", Maybe We Can Exchange Pointers In Person Someday, Same Country. Ha Ha Ha.
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Great tutorial bracer, thanks. Hope to see more from you soon.
Very well explained.
 
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Thank You Vitala.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:36 AM   #10
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This Is The Full Blown Image
The Entire Portrait Was Drawn Using Mechanical Pencil, 2B, Single Value.
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Old 03-07-2006, 07:52 PM   #11
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I can't get over the feeling that the guy in your portrait looks really familiar somehow. Yeah, a meetup should be fun, I haven't met all that many artists around here since I've been back.
 
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very nice tutorial, good job
 
Old 03-08-2006, 10:22 AM   #13
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good job
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Thank You EndSeason.
Most Importantly, I Hope It Benefited You.
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Old 03-09-2006, 07:00 AM   #14
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Post A simple but a great tutorial...

This was rather simple but an excellent tutorial.

I'm currently learning how to do portrait (I've drawn comics and cartooncharacters for too many years now) and I find it very difficult.

I have a picture of my son and in my oppinion it should be very easy to draw. But I seem to find myself in a deadend street if you know what I mean...

I'm using what I've learned from drawing comics and cartoon, and at the beginning it looks allright. But when I'm working on the details like the eyes, mouth and the nose (oh, how I hate doing the nose) I just don't seem to succeed.

I know doing portrait might take some time and here's another problem. Because I'm used to draw cartooncharacters I normally don't use more than 15-20 min on a scetch.

So, do any of you got any advice for me on how to overcome some of my problems? Even though I can SEE how the mouth and the nose are shaped I have the bad habit of drawing them too cartoony or simply drawing them wrong.
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Old 03-09-2006, 08:30 AM   #15
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I take it you're using a photo of your son as reference? If that's the case (and this is going to sound stupid, but bear with me), flip the photo upside down, and then draw what you see. The issue you've described is a pretty common one to people who haven't really trained their eyes, as well as people who have been drawing comic-style, for example, whereby we draw what we think we see, rather than what we actually see (a natural progression of the symbolic drawing we do as toddlers, where heads are circles, eyes are ovals, noses are triangles, etc).

What flipping the reference does is remove those preconceptions. All of a sudden, you're not so much looking at a photo of a face, but rather a collection of strange lines and shapes.

If I might recommend a book, take a look at Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. One of its main goals is to teach the brain to throw out those preconceptions when we draw. It certainly helped me when I was starting out.
 
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