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Portrait 6

step-by-step graphite pencil drawing by faith te


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Medium: Graphite Pencil
Paper: Rough Side of Bristol Board
Size: 20 25 cm (8" 10")
Total Time Spent: About 43.5 hours


Stage 1

The outline was first sketched on newsprint.

When I was satisfied with the likeness, I used a graphite-coated paper to trace the outline unto the final paper. Doing this step keeps the final paper clean and free from scratches caused by erasures.

Time spent: About 5 hours
Portrait 6 - 1 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 2

For the eyes I used 2B, 6H, 5H, 3H and H pencils. An 8B was used to darken and emphasize the pupils.

For the skin, 0.5 mm 2B and HB mechanical pencils were used.

Time spent: About 3 hours
Portrait 6 - 2 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 3

More tones on the face using the 2B and HB mechanical pencils. Only the 2B was used on the chin and the neck.

Time spent: About 3 hours
Portrait 6 - 3 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 4

I continued to work on the neck and the right side of the face using only the 2B mechanical pencil. Later on, I will use a kneaded eraser to remove any dark spots and to even up the tones.

A blending stump was used to smoothen the tones on the ear.

Time spent: About 1.5 hours
Portrait 6 - 4 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 5

Using my trusty and all-purpose 2B mechanical pencil again, I worked on the hair, eyebrow, tongue and darks inside the mouth. I used about 5-6 layers of graphite and more pressure to achieve the darks.

More tones were also added to the ear, neck, viewer's right cheek, and forehead using the HB and 2B mechanical pencils.

Time spent: About 4 hours
Portrait 6 - 5 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 6

I've drawn more of the hair and the skin tones on the forehead and around the left eye (viewer's right). Also, I have emphasized the Adam's apple.

In other drawings, I would work on a particular area until it is almost finished. But here, I am going all over the piece, drawing some here and there.

Time spent: About 3 hours
Portrait 6 - 6 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 7

In this stage, the hair is finished.

I've also drawn the viewer's right eyebrow, erased the highlights on the face using a kneaded eraser and shaped the nose and the cheek (viewer's right).

Time spent: About 5.5 hours
Portrait 6 - 7 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 8

I added a light background using a wooden H pencil.

A 2B pencil and an old stump were used for the initial tones on the lips.

For the clothes, I used a 6B pencil and the 2B mechanical pencil.

I am also fixing areas on the face, adding or erasing tones where necessary.

Time spent: About 2.5 hours
Portrait 6 - 8 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 9

I blended the background and continued to work on the clothes.

For the teeth, I used the wooden H pencil. Still adding/erasing tones on the face where necessary.

Time spent: About 2 hours
Portrait 6 - 9 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 10

I continued to refine and shape the face. Also, a little more progress on the clothes.

Time spent: About 5 hours
Portrait 6 - 10 - Pencil Drawing
Stage 11: Finished

Here it is, finally finished. I hope you have enjoyed viewing the progress of this portrait. Thank you for reading.

Time Spent: About 9 hours
Total Time Spent: About 43.5 hours
Portrait 6 - Finished - Pencil Drawing

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