Graphite Portrait Drawing Techniques
In this demo, I will demonstrate how to use graphite, white chalk, and the extant paper tone to build a realistic portrait head from start to finish.
Drawing a portrait head in a realistic manner calls for the interpretation of values we observe in nature and their organized arrangement on a two-dimensional surface. Toned paper can provide a welcome head start into that world of translated values, helping us create a sense of atmosphere and sculptural form in an efficient way.
Key Points of Discussion:
- Diffuse vs. specular reflection
- Simultaneous contrast
- Optical vs. conceptual analysis
Following the initial linear block-in, I proceed to render one area at a time, seeking to convey specificity and a convincing sense of dimensionality as I endeavor to create a sensitive and sculptural portrait of Jamaal.