In this post I show my basic process of drawing a portrait. While I prefer painting from life, a lot of times it’s not possible. So, I take pictures of a model and then draw from my monitor or a picture. I often add additional elements to my drawing that are not photographed. Here you see me place orchids to the right. Usually, I create drawings as my studies. Some of them become paintings in the future.
Colored Pencil Drawing step-by-step:
In the beginning I focus on blocking in the shadows, using dark brown and sienna brown.
Here I add color for the middle tones.
Tip: In my experience, drawing larger is actually faster than drawing small. Since colored pencil is a very slow medium, we tend to draw small. But I figured that I spent more time shading the 9×12″ pieces, had less detail and experienced more problems working small. So I increased the size of this drawing to 15″ x 22″ and it made a big difference for me. I didn’t have to force and cramp every detail in there, yet it looks complete.
About this artwork
Love is a complex feeling that begins with self-love and self-care. Love moves and helps us grow. Sometimes it’s hard to find love: it can be as elusive and fragile as these beautiful orchids, but thus we are blessed to see the beautiful things in daring places where others may see nothing at all.
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On my website you can find several step-by-step colored pencil demonstrations and art books available in a digital and print format.