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Tutorial: Portrait Painting
Artist: Tim Von Rueden (vonn)
In this tutorial I will show you how I take a look at sketching in a sketchbook and some tips I’ve learned along the way. While everyone has their own process on traditionally sketching with either pencils, pens, markers, paints, whatever it may be, it’s important that even though you may work primarily digitally to still work your traditional skills. They compliment one another and if you work at improving one, you will see a difference just from your visual eyes are more developed!
What tools am I using?
- I switch between three pencils depending on what the subject matter is: .7 (typically mechanical pencil) .5 and .3 mm pencils
- Standard sketchbook, honestly as long as the paper isn’t too thin, most sketchbooks will handle well.
- Kneaded Rubber Eraser (the one that looks like grey silly putty)
I prefer the regular pencil. In my opinion, I can vary the weight and depth of lines and shadows with ease and it just feels natural to me. Mechanical pencils are cool when I want something to look exactly how I pictured it, when I'n not looking for line variation and when I don't wanna be sharpening constantly.
I've been taught to make mistakes, then pick off the ones you don't wanna keep.