Posts Tagged ‘faith te’

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose: Stage 1 – Pencil Drawing

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose - 1 - Pencil Drawing

Portrait of Baby Mary Rose – Stage 1
Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 36 × 43 cm (14″ × 17″)

Hi everyone,

I haven’t been able to post anything for a long while now. I spent a good part of that time working on portraits which I can’t post right now as I haven’t asked permission from the subjects yet.

Anyhow, here’s a portrait that I am currently working on. This is stage 1 — the outline stage. Some of the reasons why this portrait is especially interesting to do for me are:

  1. It is a baby’s portrait (they’re so adorable to look at ;) )
  2. This is the first time I will be doing a “serious” full-figure drawing
  3. There are new subjects and textures for me to draw like shoes and lettering on her clothes

I am currently about a third finished with this drawing, but since I managed to scan it in between drawing sessions, I will post these earlier stages first.

By the way, this and all future image close-ups will be a bit bigger than what we usually post them. I decided to increase the size because I very much enjoy viewing other artists’ works up close to see and examine all the details that they’ve put in. I guess it’s a good substitute if I can’t view their works in person ;) . Anyway, let me know if you would rather have the smaller close-ups and I’ll change them back to the original sizes.


Portrait of Ron: Finished – Pastel Painting

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Here it is, finally finished:

Portrait of Ron Hontz - Finished - Pastel Painting
Title: Portrait of Ron Hontz
Medium: Pastels
Paper: Canson Mi-Teintes
Size: 28 × 36 cm (11″ × 14″)

The subject of the portrait is my good friend Ron Hontz. He (along with two other friends) introduced me to pastels so it was only fitting to do his portrait using the medium.

I experimented a lot on this portrait, one of which is on the background. I wanted to try a more “creative” and different background instead of a plain one or a simple gradient. I’m not sure I like this one better, but the cloudy effect has inspired other ideas, which I hope to use on other pastel paintings.

Also, the skin tone was based on other pictures as his was a little too reddish in my reference picture.

I am not too happy with the way this portrait turned out, however — a lot of the colors are dulled down and I would have liked a more realistic effect to it. Anyhow, I still have a number of pencil portraits that I’ll try to finish first, but I wish to practice and concentrate more on pastel paintings afterwards, particularly on portraits and landscapes.

Thank you for looking!


Hot Bunch: Stage 1 – Charcoal Drawing of Chili Peppers

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I’ve recently started a small drawing using charcoal pencil. It took me quite a while to decide what subject to draw — I wanted to do something quick and simple.

I remembered the chili peppers that we harvested from our homegrown chili plant several weeks ago. I’ve been meaning to draw those peppers and I do have quite a number of compositions that I would like to do. I might consider doing a series of drawings with them as subjects, but for now, here’s one to start it off:

Hot Bunch Stage 1 - Charcoal Pencil Drawing
Title: Hot Bunch – Stage 1
Medium: Charcoal Pencil
Paper: Canson Grain
Size: 15.2 × 25.4 cm (6″ × 10″)

The Portrait of Ron is finished, by the way. I will have it up here and on the website soon. Thank you for looking!

From the Art Studio,


Portrait of Ron: Stage 5 – Pastel Painting

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Here’s one final update before I post the finished portrait. I wanted to try something different instead of the plain green background, so I modified it for a blurry landscape effect.

Portrait of Ron Stage 5 - Pastel Painting

From the Art Studio,


Portrait of Ankong: Stage 2 – Pencil Drawing

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Portrait of Ankong 2 - Pencil DrawingAn update on the Portrait of Ankong that I am currently working on. Here, the face is almost finished.

As mentioned in Portrait of Ankong – Stage 1, Faith will be doing the hair, clothes and background. I will be finishing my part of the portrait first before she does hers. But as this stage shows, she has already started working on the hair and clothes ;) .

I took a holiday break and only resumed work on it way after Christmas :mrgreen: . But during the break, I got back to the outline of a still life drawing which has been lingering for quite some time in the composition stage. I’ll post it here soon. I’m kind of slow, but I’ll try to change all of that this year as part of my New Year’s resolution. Anyway, it’s just to show that I was not totally idle while enjoying the holidays.


A Christmas Scene – Pastel Painting

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I worked on some compositions and sketches and decided on the one below. Sketches I made on the reverse side are visible as this is on printing paper ;) .

A Christmas Scene Sketch by Faith Te

I have never seen snow in real life. So on this pastel painting, I mostly relied on my imagination and what I can remember of pictures of winter that I have seen before. Working from imagination allows me to use a “looser” approach. It is a contrast to working on portraits from photos where I strive to be as detailed and realistic as I could. I find it quite refreshing to change styles (and subjects) once in a while ;) .

A Christmas Scene - Pastel Painting

This pastel painting is on 12.7 x 17.7 cm (5″ x 7″) Canson paper. The sky area required a little more work than the rest — it started out very rough — but I greatly enjoyed layering the soft light blue, violet, and white on the snow area :) . I managed to scan it twice as I was working on it. I have included these scans below.

A Christmas Scene - Stage 1A Christmas Scene - Stage 2


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 :)