A figure sketch is just another person away! From the lady sitting by your table in a coffee table to the man waiting in the bus stand, to members at your home – the options to fill up your sketchbook is immense. But that is not what we discuss in this article. In this article, we discuss with you some important tips to make the process of doing portrait sketches easier for you. The idea is to simplify the understanding of body parts in a way that they make your drawing easier and more comfortable for you. There is a rhythm to the process and you will realise with practice it is all about understanding the details of the same.
- Hand Gestures
Drawing fingers can be tricky, especially if you want to add gestures to it. For this purpose, practice drawing your own hands on blank pages – it could start with rough sketches. Once you understand the positions of the same, add fingers to them.
If you feel you are now able to draw hands properly, try adding movements to them and try to draw it.
- Legs, Arms And Feet
Knowing how to draw legs and arms should be basics to a portrait sketch. Imagine them to be cylinders and for once ignore the details but focus more on getting the angles right. If you don’t have a model readily available, imagine that you are drawing pipes and cylindrical shapes and make a cleaner outline of the same in your portrait sketch. If someone from your friends and family are getting married, you can gift them a good wedding portrait paintings.
Positioning is the most important thing when it comes to feet. They are ideally a rough rectangle so learn to get the perspective of the same right.
Have you considered the theory that a body is shaped roughly like a peanut? What is important for you is to refine and modify the details as per the model. Just like a clay or rubber can be twisted and modified, the same goes with body structure and its details. Try outlining a peanut when it comes to getting body structure for your portrait sketch right. Post that, you can add details to it or choose to modify it as per your convenience.
However, in doing so you need not try to perfect the shape of a peanut exactly, it is only for your convenience and understanding.
- The Head
Making the skull is the most difficult part of a portrait sketch. If you can outline the head well, getting the details of the nose, ears and eyes right will get a lot easier for you. When doing the head, use geometric configurations. Divide the face horizontally as well as vertically making lines and place the facial features within them. This will make it easier to locate the features in position. For example, the distance between the two brows should be equal, and the same should be between the eyes and nose line. Once these are in position, try outlining the lips from some distance away from the nose exactly below the midpoint of the nose.
Spend time in examining every feature once it is drawn – look from a distance, look closely as well. Take time in knowing whether you have done it right or wrong. But the bottom line, don’t stop – complete it. Maybe the first one will be not so satisfactory, maybe even the second one might not be so good, but you will realise that as the portrait sketches start to flow you will be getting better at it.