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Tutorial - Graphite:Portraits

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I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. Not only does this show and explain the process behind The Hutch but I also shared many very useful tips I've picked up through my experience (mostly discovered on my own). Yes, it's long, but so is a lifetime.

In this tutorial, I talk about:

:bulletred: Holding the pencil
:bulletred: Shading
:bulletred: Planes and tones
:bulletred: Depicting and reading form
:bulletred: Layering pencils
:bulletred: Erasing

There's also a short FAQ section!

Not only that, but it shows dozens of progress photos for The Hutch! In essence, this tutorial has been undergoing plans for some months now. Now I just hope people will like it.

I would like to take this moment to remind you that the purpose of a tutorial is to be spread between people, so please do so if you found it useful and/or interesting :D Thanks for reading.






For those interested in learning more I am writing a book about portraiture such as this tutorial. To give me ideas and such, please see this poll and comment as you please: [link]
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bbninjas's avatar
Hey, I wanted to say that I really appreciate the time and effort you invested into making this tutorial! It's really helped people like me express themselves, even today :)
treijim's avatar
you're totally welcome. the more you draw, the better you'll get. i can definitely see your improvement so far
bbninjas's avatar
haha thanks! Is sketching still something you find yourself doing these days?
treijim's avatar
kinda. it's really not my main outlet anymore. unfortunate perhaps, but what can you do?
bbninjas's avatar
Nothing much I suppose haha, at least you still have alternative outlets. Thanks again anyways! :D
Smilelifter's avatar
Thank you for sharing your life time of expertise. It is so appreciated!
treijim's avatar
you're welcome!
EduardoAzrael's avatar
Very good your tutorial!
I personally take a picture of my drawing and I instantly see most of the mistakes I've made ;)

Also, thanks for this tutorial, it will really be useful for my project! :D
treijim's avatar
that's a good technique, and so is flipping the image horizontally. you're welcome!
lVlEGA's avatar
here is a nice trick concerning proportions in drawing...flipping the paper :) you should test it and add it to this wonderful tutorial ^_^
treijim's avatar
you cant horizontally flip a real piece of paper
lVlEGA's avatar
not horizontally...just rotate it 180 degrees...it will be easier to spot the mistakes
treijim's avatar
rotating paper 180 degrees just turns it upside down. as i said, our eyes arent really good at spotting abnormalities of upside down faces. this is called the thatcher effect. you can google it for examples. its actually less helpful to turn it upside down than it is to look at it normally :3
xKafix's avatar
My art teacher taught us this.. Actually, it only works if you're directly referencing an image. Turn the image in question upside down as well as the piece you're working. When drawing from memory it doesn't help much xD
treijim's avatar
i was taught the same thing. turning the piece upside-down can help and its an interesting exercise but it doesnt help the average drawer, in my opinion. youre better off using a mirror to view your drawing flipped horizontally than copying something thats upside-dwown
xKafix's avatar
Yeah, I don't usually do the upside down thing either. I want to train myself to spot mistakes without all that other stuff xD
rosadaestra's avatar
Maybe they mean rotate. 

treijim's avatar
rotating a piece of paper wont help. generally speaking, most people cant spot minor errors in a human face that isnt the right way up. the only sure way to spot errors like this is to horizontally flip it. this can be done using a mirror or you can scan it and flip it digitally; you cant physically flip the paper itself
rosadaestra's avatar
Yes, it waas just an idea
treijim's avatar
sorry if that was harsh. i was only trying to explain :3
rosadaestra's avatar
Nah it's ok. P:
FireYuuki's avatar
Hi. Your tutorial is amazing! I have a question; what did you do to the picture with the boy, the one with high contrast, in order to look so colorful?
Thanks!
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