Friday, March 19, 2010

Portrait Drawing In 5 Simple Tips

Fazrul Arhan Studio Work

A very simple and basic knowledge to draw a portrait, based on my own experiences. I would like to share it and hopefully this will help mostly for beginners.

  1. When you draw a portrait,better try not to concentrate too much on a likeness. Just concentrate on the structure and form of the face and a likeness will come itself.
  2. Unless your drawing a full portrait it is best to leave the background simple or even with no background at all. I believe the simplicity is the key to successful portraiture.
  3. Wait a few days before declaring a drawing DONE!. Often it takes several days for you to become less attached to the drawing. You will then be able to notice some additional flaws and errors in the drawing. Don't feel bad about it. This is very common. It's only part of the process.
  4. Look at the drawing upside-down. This will help you see if anything is crooked, or lopsided . If you are having trouble drawing a particular part of a portrait, turn the photo upside down too, and draw everything in that position. This will assists you in drawing accurately.
  5. While working on a drawing, frequently look at your drawing in the mirror. Or, put your drawing up to a bright light and try to look at it in reverse. This will allow you to see weird lopsided flaws in your drawing, that you wouldn't notice otherwise. It is a great way to check any problem areas in your drawing before you work any further.


  1. hey nice tips..i had interest in drawing potraits earlier..may be i'll give it a shot again! :)

  2. @ Amogh
    Just don't kill it..who know you might have a GREAT talent :)

  3. My 1st comment in this site.
    Nice info,Good work.

  4. Good job dude.
    Thanks for sharing de ;)

  5. @ Sammy & Loong
    Enjoy the stay..you are welcome :)

  6. Excellent Work mate!

  7. is very amazing picture in your hand. n it's a great tutorials

  8. i always wish i can draw, paint or sing better..but i guess i will never be hahaha..good job!

  9. Great Work! Like it much..! And nice tutorial given :)