Custom portraits are now available on Illustrations by Naomi in A4 ($40).
Now for the tutorial! First of all, chose the picture you want to draw. I prefer one in which the face takes up most of the height of the picture. The following is a scene from Letters to Juliet.
Using the very primitive Paint, draw 9 squares like so:
You can use more than 9 squares, but note that too many small squares crowd the sketch and make it look patchy.
Do the same on the sketching sheet.
Then mark down where the outline of the face intersects with the lines.
Join the lines and sketch the position of the eyes and nose.
Sketch more detail on the eyes and sketch the lips and eyebrows.
Up until now, the outlines were only rough sketches. Erase the lines.
Join the lines back again and add detail to the eyes. I love the eyes, they are the most eye-catching part of a drawing. Strange, huh?
Using a graphite pencil (or normal pencil will do just fine), draw the hair strand by strand leaving white space, i.e. don’t block out the hair areas with black.
Sketch the eyebrows in more detail. I use B because Amanda Seyfried’s eyebrows are a light colour.
Here’s the sketch so far.
Using a 6B pencil, as darker lines to areas needing more shadow.
These darker areas include the pupil of the eye, eyelids, lips and hair. See the arrows.
I used a tilted graphite pencil for the background. At some point, I held the sketch up to the computer screen and noted that her jaw was more sharp, so I corrected it. Here is the finished sketch.
I haven’t figured out how to record a video of me doing a sketch, so you’ll have to bear with these step by step pictures for now 🙂 Thanks for reading!