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Portrait Tutorial by Chase-Falkenhagen Portrait Tutorial by Chase-Falkenhagen
I teach a Portrait Drawing class once a week and this is the collection of handouts I give out over a 4-week class. Helps to tell and show someone something and then give them something to take home and look at while they are trying to learn on their own time. I've had good feedback from these so I thought I'd put them up for others :) Enjoy
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Portrait Tutorial by ~Sick-of-Misery is an incredibly thorough and helpful tutorial in portrait drawing. Give it a shot! ( Featured by Moonbeam13 )
orion-hunter Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tried it today. I must say, it really helped me lot to draw a good lineart for my character, and the way you describe the whole process makes it really easy to follow.
biscusgo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Thank you so much!!
artformeandyou Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
This is the first time that I have ever come close to being able to draw something resemebling a human face! Great tutorial! Thank SO much! 
MrsSkittleS Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
so very helpful, thanks :)
Allthatmathers Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thankyou very much for sharing !
been searching for this for a while :D
looks great !
CHARLIEGIRL1962 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
This is truly wonderful of you, sharing your skills this way. You are one cool dude! :-) Thank you for sharing this. Will you be sharing any more tutorials with us? I sure hope so as this one definitely helped me. :-) :-)
StephanieChn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so helpful thx
inkcharmer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This is amazing!
Peiridae Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! I think this is one of the most well-written tutorials out there. Great explanations, really nice step-by-step - love it!! :)
georgie25 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Thanx so much for these :) I really needed this.
Tanyabuff Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
i love htis tutorial..thank you so much..!
Nahmala Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic! And totally helpful. Is that Olivia Wilde?
Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This will be very helpful. I have always had trouble drawing eyes. So much specific curve to get right. :P
tHEaWESOMESTnAMEeVER Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg, mine looks SO bad. You make it look so friction' easy!
lorjohnlori11 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Love it!!
hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great thanks
elvenfae Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an excellent guide :) Thanks so much for sharing! Congrats on the DD!
jearommean Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial, it'll be very helpful! Thank you!
AceAdventurous Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
so. awesome. :+favlove:
PrincessBee22 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Come help this group grow! :D
Fyriaan Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You can see a hammer in her eyes! xD
ShadowFoxglove Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
This is really helpful! Thank you for putting this up here! I've often practiced doing these parts of the face, but I've never quite gotten the hang of it. THis is very helpful with that. :)
maxine4 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Thank you so much I finally found someone to give a tutorial on portiarts.big hugs and please continue to your great work.
akitary Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow great
i thought she was Angelina Jolie :)
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
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Chase-Falkenhagen Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey great! :) That's awesome
Ravanga Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Sweet tutorial! Thanks!
samybenenny Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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nishagandhi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thanks a lot! :)
TehSilent Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
One more thing. Is it ok if I give this to my teacher so he can pass it out. The way he taught us did not help many.
PowderedLemon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student
so... i prefer cartooning, so if i were to use this tutorial sans all the smudging and shading, would it be able to apply to my cartooning style?
Unassailably Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd try it (:
oka-toka Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Great tutor!! Thanks!
felisdeityus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
This is more of a "draw like me" lesson, than a how-to on portrait drawing. Where is your information on construction? Where are the diagrams of facial muscle anatomy or bone structure?
Probably fairly useful for beginners, but I hope you're giving your students much more information than that.
quirkypink Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that angelina jolie? or at least her lips and cheek bones
maskedforever Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
While I like the way you described your shading techniques, I disagree with your approach to forming the face. I strongly believe there should be much more sketching and observation to proportion that this hand-out does not show. I hope that is one of the things you teach or else new artist might feel discouraged by the flatness and disproportions of their drawings.

Thats just my opinion though. Congrats on the dd ^-^!
Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Thanks for the help!
startraveller776 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. Fantastic tut!!
JayRoseberry Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you soooo much i learned alot and applied it abit.. first attempt wasnt bad but still came out better than normal :) thanks for the post :)
AndrewWeller Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
B-l-u-e-y Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
reminds me my mother drawing again
good job
DoomSong8765 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Its really good drawing, but I prefer to start with like shapes, to the basic positioning then the details. I cant draw it right by details first xDD
RumRunnner Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
This is literally the BEST tutorial I've seen! Thanks for posting it :]
shadowqueen16 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
ah you make it look so easy!
At-The-Crossroads Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Artist
You teach a portait drawing class...? You're never supposed to smudge graphite with your fingers OR a smudge stick. You're supposed to use a circular motion with the tip of the graphite to get an even blended look. oO Charcoal is for blending.
thrill-killa Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think, you're not 'supposed' to do anything. Your art is what you make it, if you feel better smudging, then go for it, especially if it gives you good results!

I can understand what you mean about mediums being used correctly and my teacher at school said i wasn't allowed to smudge too(although i'd get a small smudge in when he wasn't looking! :P ), but it just feels right! xD
almyki Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
In art, whatever works, works. Graphite can smudge, and that can make some neat effects. If it looks good, it's not 'wrong'.

<3 ali
At-The-Crossroads Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Artist
"in art, whatever works, works." is a very dangerous phrase considering people like to take things too far.

And yeah, it is "wrong." That's not how the media is supposed to be used. Does it look cool? Yes. Is it proper use of media? No.
almyki Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
If someone takes it too far, it doesn't work anymore. Subjectively. Art sure is complicated.

It doesn't matter if it's not 'the way it's meant to be used' (I'm not certain what you mean by that either-is there a special art rulebook of what we're not allowed to do that I missed out on?) . Crayola never intended their crayons to be used in watercolor, playing cards weren't made to be put in a collage, and my sister's makeup set wasn't bought so I could paint roses on the pastel/charcoal paper that was never made to accommodate lipstick. The world has not ended and cool art has been made.

And tons of people smudge graphite to get nice effects. No harm done. It's a very common practice. I can't imagine a good argument for why it's 'wrong'.

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