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Tutorial: Portraits with Punch

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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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MrEyeCandy66Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool tutorial :)
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AleneProfessional General Artist
Thanks! =)
thelassofkandrakar's avatar
I loved this tutorial, and I don't even draw! :)
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AleneProfessional General Artist
=D Yay!
Thanks for the :+fav: on "Ginger Rogers 2" =) I'm glad you liked it!
Igorxxx70's avatar
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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AleneProfessional 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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thanks for the info. I think I will try it sometime. Bill
TheIcePixy's avatar
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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AleneProfessional 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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meighyHobbyist 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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AleneProfessional 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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meighyHobbyist 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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AleneProfessional General Artist
I think I need about twice as many hours in the day! =P So much to draw! =D
Dr-BalCid's avatar
Thank you for this, because I've been trying to do exactly this on some drawings.
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AleneProfessional General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav:! =D I hope it's helpful! Good luck!
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InVisibleLightProfessional General Artist
(Sorry i wanted to say... a very good ideia!)
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InVisibleLightProfessional General Artist
Well done! Show us your drawings before applying the method was a Very good! Congratulations!
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AleneProfessional General Artist
Thankyou! I hope it's useful! =)
olde-fashioned's avatar
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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AleneProfessional 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:
olde-fashioned's avatar
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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AleneProfessional 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! =)
olde-fashioned's avatar
Yup, yup, that they most certainly are! ;-)
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