Learn How to Draw Portraits with Colored Pencils for the Beginner
Drawing with colored pencil is super easy if you use the right colors and have drawn a good sketch.
Unlike the graphite pencils, colored pencils cannot be easily erased, so we have to draw carefully,
particularly the darker areas. Always draw a parts with colored pencil pressing down lightly and if it
looks good, color over the same area pressing down hard. Buy good brand of colored pencils and
smooth paper. If you don't have a lot of say red pencils, you can get more nuances with only one pencil,
by controlling how hard you press when you draw. In the image below I've drawn with one red pencil
three nuances. In the first example I pressed hard, in the second I pressed normally and in the third
example I pressed lightly. Even more nuances can be created this way:
Woman portrait - drawing tutorial:
Draw the main lines using grid:
Let's start with black parts. With black colored pencil draw the eyebrows, pupils, eyeliner, eyelashes,
under the nose and inside the mouth. In the pupil leave white for shining of the eyes. The parts of the
eyebrows that are on the edge of the bone are shining brighter, that's why I drew it with dark gray
With dark blue colored pencil draw the circles around the irises and under the eyelashes. the parts
under the eyelashes are always darker because they are in the shadow. You can even mix it up with
black, as you can see in the next picture:
With light blue colored pencil draw the rest of the irises:
With gray pencil draw the shadows in the inner corners of the eyes and under the eyelashes. Just leave
white color of paper for shines in the eyes:
With darker colored pencil draw the darker parts of the lips. Always draw the same as in the reference
With rose pencil draw the rest of the lips and leave white for shining.
With dark gray pencil draw the shadow over the upper parts of thoot. Also among tooth draw a
shadows with light gray pencil:
Now spread the brown powder of pastel with tissue or cotton swag for the darker tones of the skin. The
tone of white skin becomes brown in the shadow; under the hair, bones, nose, eyelashes... Spread a pastel powder carefully, you can always go over one more time if you see that you've spreaded it on the
Now with tissue spread the powder of light cream color over the whole face. If you don't have a cream
color you can mix the powder of orange, pink and white. This way you can get a real color of face.
Always test it on other paper before apply to your drawing. Fortunatelly pastel can be easilly erased.
So, with eraser erase the edges of the nose and everything else that should be absolute white. Now draw
the downer eyelashes and also once more the upper eyelashes and everything that was drawn black
because it probably gets some powder on it.
With black pencil draw the whole hair except the shining areas. These leave white for the next steps:
With light gray pencil draw these areas and go with well sharpened black pencil over these creating a
Finally blend the black and light gray areas with dark gray pencil:
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