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Tutorial - Graphite:Portraits by treijim Tutorial - Graphite:Portraits by treijim
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 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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 :)
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treijim Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
you're totally welcome. the more you draw, the better you'll get. i can definitely see your improvement so far
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bbninjas Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
haha thanks! Is sketching still something you find yourself doing these days?
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Smilelifter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing your life time of expertise. It is so appreciated!
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconeduardoazrael:
EduardoAzrael Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good your tutorial!
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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Elopoisson Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
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
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
that's a good technique, and so is flipping the image horizontally. you're welcome!
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:iconlvlega:
lVlEGA Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Writer
here is a nice trick concerning proportions in drawing...flipping the paper :) you should test it and add it to this wonderful tutorial ^_^
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
you cant horizontally flip a real piece of paper
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:iconlvlega:
lVlEGA Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Writer
not horizontally...just rotate it 180 degrees...it will be easier to spot the mistakes
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treijim Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
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
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xKafix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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
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treijim Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
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
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xKafix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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
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rosadaestra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe they mean rotate. 

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treijim Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
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
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rosadaestra Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it waas just an idea
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
sorry if that was harsh. i was only trying to explain :3
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:iconrosadaestra:
rosadaestra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah it's ok. P:
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FireYuuki Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
i reduced the number of colours and manually changed each tone of grey to a colour selected by me
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ShakeyPaul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorial , really informative thank you very much for sharing . :D :D 
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kwm0304 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Very helpful tutorial, thanks! When you changed the reference photo from 256 shades of grey to 13, what was the command you used? Im assuming something with levels but Idk.
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treijim Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks! in paint shop pro 9: image > decrease colour depth > X colours
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is a really great and very helpful tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I featured it here :)
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Nordana Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing tutorial. This will help so much with the new sketch set I got in the mail.
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COla013 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
thank you so much :) i' ve learned a lot
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MeNinzaa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Thank you for making this tutorial! Do you by the way not use any blending tools?
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
like what?
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:iconmeninzaa:
MeNinzaa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
tissues or your fingers, cotton balls, qtips...
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treijim Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
nope, i dont touch the drawing with anything but erasers and pencils. i DRAW in the blending, instead of smudging my hard work around
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MeNinzaa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
How do you do it? I mean: I can't do skin anyway but I especially can't do it without blending... :(
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treijim Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
its a matter of controlling the pressure. take a soft pencil and dont even press it into the paper. let the graphite slide across the paper and leave its own light shading. practice using different levels of pressure to achieve shades you want, instead of smudging your work to create the shades. its all practice and experience, no tricks. keep copying portraits and trying things over and over
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KevinContrerasArt Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This tutorial is great! I wondered why I haven't stumbled upon this earlier!!
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Dagoelius Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the force is strong with this one.
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Silversong8311 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
FFFFF- JOSH HUTCHERSONNNNN~ :iconinloveplz:
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Carryn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for sharing. I have been drawing for over two years, but this last year has seen some major progress. This was very helpful. As I read through it, I thought this is as good as reading a book. :) I've opened your poll to help you out. Thnk you again.
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treijim Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
opened my poll? what do you mean?
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Carryn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At the bottom of the description it says that you are writing a tutorial book and there is a link to it. I went ahead and went there.
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treijim Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh right. thanks!
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Larc-Romeo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent tutorial, really well done, thx. :)
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:icontreijim:
treijim Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
youre welcome
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keixayaka Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, man, this is awesome! Thank you for these wonderful tips!!I wonder why this hasn't got a DD...
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treijim Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
youre welcome! i dont know why it hasnt, as i dont select DDs :P
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keixayaka Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It deserves a DD. :)
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TwilightsWraith Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, by far, the best tutorial I've come across for realistic traditional drawing. Thank you so very much for all the amazing detail you've put into this. It's really a great help to people trying to improve without the ability to attend traditional art classes. And to be completely honest, this tutorial has helped me more then any and all of my art classes in school. [I don't even want to think about how long ago that was lol ] =)
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treijim Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for your thorough feedback. it makes me glad to know people find this useful
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ChienNightmare Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very helpful, thanks (: but i was wondering, how did you convert the photo of Josh to heat vision? On a website?
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