Archive for November, 2007

Graphite Pencil Drawing Tutorial: Female Nose

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Here is a female nose to go along with the female eye tutorial I did. This tutorial demonstrates how I render noses as realistically as I can, using mostly direct application of graphite. I hope you will find the following images and descriptions informative and helpful as a guide in drawing noses. Many thanks to Toni-Marie Hudson for the use of her picture as reference for this tutorial.

Step 1: Here is the outline on 8.2 x 10.1 cm (3.25″ x 4″) Canson paper. The highlights have also been lightly indicated.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 1

Step 2:  I’ve used a Chinese brush to apply the initial 2 or 3 layers of graphite powder. This brush produces a smoother effect than the soft brush I used in the eye tutorial. I applied the graphite powder in very light layers, adding more as needed. This is the base tone and it helps make additional layers of graphite tone smoother.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: I began using a small soft brush for the edges and for the darker areas.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 3

Step 4:  Taking the kneaded eraser, I lightly and carefully, tap some of the tones off the highlights on the bridge of the nose, the ball of the nose, and below the nostrils. The Chinese brush was used to dull the highlights a little bit.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Using a 0.5 mm 2B Dong-A mechanical pencil, I drew the nostrils. Less pressure was used as I came near the skin below the nostrils.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Using a 0.5 mm HB Dong-A mechanical pencil, I began darkening the lower area of the nose. I also lessened the sharpness of the edges of the nostrils by gradually darkening the skin around them. To blend the tones, I used the small brush and a shop towel. It helps if the shop towel employed for blending and smoothening pencil marks is used. New, clean ones tend to pick up tone instead of spread them around.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: More skin tones using the HB mechanical pencil were added to the middle and upper parts of the nose. Most of the outlines have been smudged off and erased at this point.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 7

Step 8: The skin on the sides of the nose and the nostril wings have been darkened. This created a more three-dimensional effect. For blending, I used the shop towel and the two brushes. A clean shop towel was used to lift excess graphite tone from the drawing. In this stage, I have also started making necessary corrections to capture the likeness of the subject.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 8

Step 9: The tones were further blended. It’s almost finished.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 9

Step 10: The final stage of the nose. For the finishing touches, the tools I used mainly were: a 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil with the tip sharpened using fine sandpaper — this was used for filling up light spots; a clean shop towel for lightening up graphite pencil tones; and a kneaded eraser for removing dark spots. Finalizing my “serious” works is usually the most difficult stage of the whole drawing process. It takes quite a long time to do as well.

Female Nose Pencil Drawing Tutorial Finished

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial of a female nose.

Happy drawing!

Faith :)

Portrait of Ron: Stage 4 – Pastel Painting

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Portrait of Ron Stage 4 by Faith TeContinued with the skin tones — adding more detail and getting the likeness closer to the reference. The lips are too red in this stage, but that will be fixed later on. I also worked on the background and used 4 kinds of greens.

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From the Art Studio,

Faith :)

Graphite Pencil Drawing Tutorial: Male Eye

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I prefer to render drawings, especially portraits, in the realistic style. My method varies from drawing to drawing or from portrait to portrait because I like to improve my ability in working with that style. I hope this tutorial can be of help in some way. First, let me mention the things I used for this tutorial:

  • A soft brush
  • 0.5 mm 2B (Dong-A), HB (Faber-Castell) and B (Staedtler) mechanical pencils
  • 4H, 5H and 6H wooden pencils
  • A shop towel
  • A kneaded eraser
  • A lot of patience :)

The paper being used is Canson Grain. I draw on the reverse side because the other side is too rough. The size is 11.5 x 12 cm (4.5″ x 4.75″). Let’s start!

Step 1: The outline was first drawn on a small piece of bond paper and then transferred to the Canson paper using the graphite transfer method.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 1

Step 2: With a soft, thin brush, I applied 2 to 3 layers of graphite powder while avoiding the highlights. If I do get any graphite there, I would clean them with a kneaded eraser before moving to the next step. Because the first few brush strokes are darker, which you may not want, just take off excess graphite powder from the brush by rubbing it on a piece of paper. Then, the skin around the eye is covered with a 4H wooden pencil.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: With a 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil, I continued the underpainting and then blended with the brush.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Going back to the same brush, I began rendering the eye itself avoiding the highlights if possible. With the 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil, I did the pupil. For the iris, I drew spokes originating from the pupil by means of a 6H wooden pencil. Then using the 2B mechanical, I darkened it — especially the shadow under the upper eyelid and its edges. Used the kneaded eraser to pull some soft highlights.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: 5H wooden pencil and a light touch are used on the white of the eye to make it smooth and also to keep it from receiving a lot of graphite when the eyeball is established using primarily 0.5 mm B and 2B mechanical pencils. Lastly, B mechanical pencil is used for the tear duct. In this stage, I made some corrections on the tear duct and the crease of the eyelid.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 5

Step 6: Rendered the lower eyelid with HB, B and 2B mechanical pencils while 5H and B were used on its thickness.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 6

Step 7: The same thing was done on the upper eyelid. Applied 2B under the crease to make the upper eyelid “go in”.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 7

Step 8: Established the skin tones above the crease which is then blended with a brush dipped in a bit of graphite powder.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 8

Step 9: With a B mechanical pencil, I rendered the skin under the eye so it will be lighter in tone than the one above.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 9

Step 10: Applied HB, B and 2B mechanical pencils on the side of the nose and the eyebrow area. Blended this with the brush and shop towel.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 10

Step 11: Following its growth, the eyebrow is drawn using a 2B mechanical pencil.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Step 11

Finished: Saved the eyelashes until the skin underneath is done. To draw them, I sharpened the 2B mechanical pencil to a pointed tip. I started from the base of each hair, getting thinner as it ends at its tip. The upper eyelashes should be darker than the lower. Finally, I did some finishing touches on the skin tones. It’s finished. I hope you like it.

Male Eye Pencil Drawing Tutorial Finished

From the Art Studio,

David ;)

Portrait of Ankong: Stage 1 – Pencil Drawing

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Portrait of Ankong 1 by David and Faith TeOn the easel, I am working on a portrait of my grandfather (father’s side). Because it’s quite large, my sister, Faith, will be helping me with this. She will render the hair, clothes, and background while my part will be from the forehead up to the neck. This is quite an experiment since this is the first time we have collaborated on a single portrait. Here is the cropped version of the first stage to show the progress of the portrait so far. I am using graphite pencil on Canson Grain paper. The size is 46 x 61 cm (18″ x 24″).

From the Art Studio,

David :)

Portrait of Grandfather: Finished – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Portrait of Grandfather by Faith Te

Here is my latest finished drawing. I drew this as a present for Grandfather’s 90th birthday. I was going for a sketchy look and used linear pencil strokes instead of the usual light circular motions I use for tighter, more-detailed drawings. This took about half the time I usually spend on graphite pencil portraits using my usual method. I hope you like it and please feel free to comment.

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Medium: Graphite Pencil and White Pastel

Paper: Canson Grain

Size: 28 x 36 cm (11″ x 14″)

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From the Art Studio,

Faith

Portrait of Ron: Stage 3 – Pastel Painting

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Portrait of Ron Stage 3 by Faith TeWorked on the hat some more. I am now adding greens and blues to the skin. I have also started the shirt as well as the underpainting of the background.

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From the Art Studio,

Faith :)

Portrait of Ron: Stage 2 – Pastel Painting

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Portrait of Ron Stage 2 by Faith TeA little update today. I worked on the underpainting for the skin tones and started the hat.

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From the Art Studio,

Faith :)