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Portrait 3

step-by-step graphite pencil drawing by david te


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Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Rough Side of Bristol Board
Size: 25 33 cm (10" 13")


Stage 1

The outline was drawn freehand on newsprint and then transferred to Bristol Board using graphite-coated paper.
Portrait 3 - 1 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 2

Rendered the eyes first as I usually do, using 0.5 mm 2B and HB mechanical pencils and 6H and 8B wooden pencils.

Next, I began to add the skin tones around the surrounding areas with circular layers of HB.

Afterwards, I started on the subject's right cheek working inwards towards the nose using the same pencil and strokes.

Leaving the nose still unfinished, I proceeded to work on the forehead with 2B and HB.
Portrait 3 - 2 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 3

Still using 2B, I did the other eyebrow and finished layering the initial skin tones on the forehead.

I darkened the left side of the subject's nose (viewer's right side) and continued to the other side of the face.

I also applied more tones on his cheeks.
Portrait 3 - 3 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 4

The drawing is progressing mostly from the right side of the head (viewer's left).

Using 2B and HB mechanical pencils, I darkened the forehead especially the right part.

I also applied more graphite to his eyebrow, skin around the eye, and the side of the nose. Next, I began layering in the shadow under the nose.

The hair is done with the 2B pencil following its growth. I pulled out the highlights with a kneaded eraser.
Portrait 3 - 4 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 5

Using the 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil, I darkened the area just above the eyebrows and the bridge of the nose.

I also added more tones to the eye and the side of the nose (viewer's right).

I did some of the hair.
Portrait 3 - 5 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 6

I added the first layers of skin tones on the chin and lower lip using a 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil.

I also did the ear using 0.5 mm 2B and HB mechanical pencils.
Portrait 3 - 6 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 7

I did the subject's left ear (viewer's right) and part of the neck using 0.5 mm HB mechanical pencil.

With the 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil, I did the other side of the hair and darkened the other eyebrow.
Portrait 3 - 7 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 8

I continued to do the neck and it is almost finished.
Portrait 3 - 8 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 9

I used the 0.5 mm 2B mechanical pencil to do the hair and clothes.
Portrait 3 - 9 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 10

I finished the clothes and pulled some highlights in the hair.

For the teeth, I used 5H and 3H wooden pencils and a cotton bud.
Portrait 3 - 10 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 11: Finished

I added some finishing touches, especially on the teeth and hair, and darkened the shadow under the nose a bit.

So here is the finished drawing. Thank you for viewing my work. I hope you enjoyed it.
Portrait 3 - Finished - Pencil Drawing

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