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Tutorial: Portraits with Punch by Alene Tutorial: Portraits with Punch by Alene
A tutorial on adding contrast to pencil portraits, as so many people have asked me about it. Not the easiest subject to explain in a tutorial, but I've done my best. I hope it's helpful!

You can find the final version of the portrait in this tutorial here: [link]

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:iconmreyecandy66:
MrEyeCandy66 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool tutorial :)
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Alene Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! =)
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thelassofkandrakar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
I loved this tutorial, and I don't even draw! :)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
=D Yay!
Thanks for the :+fav: on "Ginger Rogers 2" =) I'm glad you liked it!
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Do you have an easier way of drawing the grid than just drawing lines wth a ruler? Do the lines just disappear as you draw the picture? Thanks Bill
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
No, I think that's about all you can do, unless all your pictures are going to be the same size - I suppose then you could make grids out of clear plastic or something. But since the sizes of my pictures vary, so do my grid sizes, so I just rule them up. It doesn't take very long. I do use a 40cm ruler, though, so I don't have to fiddle around if my grid is larger than 30cm.
And no, the lines don't disappear magically (although it would be nice if they did). I rub them out with an eraser as I work, otherwise I get lines showing up through the shading. =) It's important to rule them up really lightly, though, so you don't indent the paper.
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Igorxxx70 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
thanks for the info. I think I will try it sometime. Bill
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TheIcePixy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Awesome! Thank you for posting this! I've been trying to really focus on drawing portraits lately and this will help me immensely!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! I hope it does come in handy (that is, after all, the point of it! =P A tutorial that isn't useful is a sad, lonely thing.) Good luck! =D
Thanks for the :+fav:s on this and "Ginger Rogers 2" as well!
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:icontheicepixy:
TheIcePixy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
You're welcome! :D
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meighy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did you ever, or will you ever, draw hoawrd keel and jane powell again? seven brides for seven brothers is one of my favorite movies.

very nice and clear tutorial
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I haven't yet, but I do want to redo that picture one day. It's one of my very favourite movies too! (plus, that ancient picture is awful, and just does not do them justice, does it? =P) but I haven't yet found the time. One day, I hope!
Thanks for the :+fav:!
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meighy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would be so awesome if you would redraw it. I would fav it instantly!

The old picture isn't bad, it just shows how much you've grown as an artist.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I think I need about twice as many hours in the day! =P So much to draw! =D
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Dr-BalCid Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Thank you for this, because I've been trying to do exactly this on some drawings.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:! =D I hope it's helpful! Good luck!
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InVisibleLight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
(Sorry i wanted to say... a very good ideia!)
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InVisibleLight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well done! Show us your drawings before applying the method was a Very good! Congratulations!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! I hope it's useful! =)
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Whoo hoo, what a God-send this is! I've been really trying to watch my contrast, making sure I don't let things get too washed out, and this will only help me with that goal. :D Thank you so much for taking the time to make such a fantastic tutorial! I've faved it. :love:

Oh, and btw, that frame you did with the split of your drawing and the reference photo? You're so good I'm almost jealous! ;P :hug:
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'm glad! And thankyou for the :+fav:! =D

hehe. I've always wanted to see how one of my drawings stood up to a split like that. I see a lot of them around here, as art class projects, but I'd never done one. But I thought it would definitely be a good example, just because I see so many, and they always seem to have low contrast, even though the drawing itself is really good.
:hug:
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
You're welcome! Thank you for the tutorial! :hug:

I did try something similar for my GwaPE drawing, by overlaying the original on top of mine to see how well I did, but I don't know why I never thought of the half-and-half idea. :D
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I often overlay with portraits, if there's something wrong and I just can't figure out what it is. It's very helpful, isn't it? Graphics programs are wonderful things! =)
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Yup, yup, that they most certainly are! ;-)
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RoseDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Thank you very much for putting this tutorial up! I'm favoriting it.
I think I've finally got the concept of contrast down. I'm drawing House and I noticed that even though the ref photo doesn't show black, his features are much more 3-D if some parts of his face are darker in contrast to the other parts. Like, say, the shadows on his nose and the shadow to his jaw.
I'll post up the WIP soon, I promise!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankyou for the :+fav:! I hope it's useful! =)
And your wip is looking great!
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RoseDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thank you! Now, as soon as I finish my various papers and other assignments... On to drawing!
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BuzzyBuzz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Interface Designer
A wonderful tutorial! What's so funny is that I just commented on your contrast on that same drawing! XD
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, that can only be a good thing! =D At least I've managed to practice what I preach!
Thankyou for the :+fav:! =) I'm glad you like it!
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BuzzyBuzz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Interface Designer
No problem! Keep doing great!
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nyanga Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
you're so kind to give away some secrets :D thanks so much for this
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! I hope it's helpful!
Thanks for the :+fav:s too! =)
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Michi-sama Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Thank you for including some of your older work in the tutorial. It gives me hope ^^()

Very thorough and helpful; definitely something I'll be applying to my own work.
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Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
=P They're scarily bad, aren't they? And to think they were done only six years ago, too :faint: - it's amazing what practice and perseverance will do! =D

I'm glad you think it's helpful! It's quite a hard topic to cover in a tutorial format. Good luck!

Oh, and thanks for the :+fav:s on this and "Ginger Rogers 2" as well. I'm glad you liked the finished portrait! =)
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ashigaru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is a great reference! Thanks for taking the time to give a wonderful tutorial!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! And thank you for the :+fav:! =D
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Outstanding!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thankyou! And thanks for the :+fav: too! =D
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