Information On Pencil Portrait Sketching – Drawing Kids

The drawing of kids demands freshness and directness of purpose. Regrettably, there are not too many quick and ready rules. Let us just say that childrens portraits demand a sharp and patient eye.br /
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For those who intend to do commercial portraiture the good news is that kids portraits can be lucrative. There are very few artists who can competently draw children.br /
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Soft lighting works best for portraits of kids. The child could be looking toward a intense light source. This sort of light source will light up the childs face and produce an introspective facial expression. The tone range goes from light to medium with the eyes really dark.br /
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Addressing the facial proportions of kids in a general sense is somewhat of a waste of time. Their facial proportions change dramatically within a six month time span.br /
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Suffice it to say that the younger the child is the smaller the face in relation to the skull. The eyes also appear larger although this can be misleading. A kid’s nose can be a nightmare to draw – there is nothing really to hold onto. And the mouth is very delicate and sensitive not to mention its constant motion if you render from life.br /
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If you do want to list some general sizes you can say that whereas an adult face is about half the size of the frontal head side, a childs face is about one-third of that size. Also, note how small an infants neck is compared to the size of the head. br /
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At its widest section, a babys face is about 5 eye widths wide. The width between the eyes is a tiny bit more than the width of an eye. Both the mouth and the nose are about the width of an eye. Again, we must stress that these sizes are only a broad rule and individual face sizes can be different. The above general rules can be employed for comparison purposes when you do your own careful observations of a particular face. br /
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As always, start your sketch by striking the arabesque and then correcting the height/width proportions as necessary.br /
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After establishing the primary facial proportions (i.e., the brow, nose, mouth, etc.) block-in the major light/dark patterns. Then, stump down the graphite using your fingers or a stump. To render and re-shape the lights make use of a clean kneaded eraser.br /
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Now the features are carefully placed, measured and partially drawn. There are two things to take into account here: br /
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1. Your pencils must be very sharp, andbr /
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2. At this point, you should never fully complete a feature. Draw each feature no more than 50%. br /
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Once the features are sized and located as best you can, you can now further expand them. Do not neglect the hair and sides of the face. All should be brought up together. As you proceed to render you should always be on the lookout for errors in proportions and value.br /
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In conclusion, the fundamental processes used to draw a kids portrait are of course always the same. Above, we listed most of the differences in size and form between an adult head and that of a child. Your frame of mind when sketching a child should be one that reflects the innocence and the softness of a kid.br /
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