The Art of Faces: Beginner Portrait Drawing
About Lesson
  1. Prepare Your Materials:

    • Gather all the materials you need: paper, pencil, ruler, and a reference image of an eye.
  2. Set Up the Grid:

    • Divide both your reference image and drawing paper into a grid of equal squares. The size of the squares depends on the level of detail you want. For beginners, larger squares may be more manageable.
  3. Transfer the Grid to Your Drawing Paper:

    • Draw the grid on your drawing paper using the same number of squares as in your reference image. This will serve as a guide for maintaining accurate proportions.
  4. Focus on One Square at a Time:

    • Begin drawing the eye by focusing on one square at a time. This helps break down the complex structure of the eye into more manageable parts.
    • Pay close attention to the shapes and angles within the chosen square of your reference image.
  5. Outline Basic Shapes:

    • In the selected square, start by lightly outlining the basic shapes of the eye. For example, sketch the almond shape, eyelid, and the basic curves of the iris and pupil.
  6. Add Details:

    • Gradually add more details to your eye drawing. Use the grid lines as reference points to ensure the correct placement of features.
    • Pay attention to the smaller details, such as the eyelashes, highlights, and shadows.
  7. Continue Grid by Grid:

    • Move on to the adjacent squares, repeating the process. This helps maintain consistency and accuracy in your drawing.
  8. Refine and Erase Grid Lines:

    • Once you have completed the entire eye, go back and refine the details. Erase any remaining grid lines that may still be visible.
  9. Add Shading and Texture:

    • Shade the different areas of the eye to create depth and dimension. Pay attention to the shadows and highlights.
    • Consider the direction of light in your reference image to determine where shadows fall.
  10. Evaluate and Adjust:

    • Step back and evaluate your drawing. Compare it to the reference image and make any necessary adjustments to improve accuracy.
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