In this lesson you draw a frontal view of a small
child, with emphasis on correct facial proportions.
You use both crosshatching and hatching to define
textures and forms, and utilize a challenging grid to
help you render the accurate proportions of the
various parts of her head and face.
Every artist who aspires to include people in his or her
drawings needs to become proficient in drawing the various
components of human anatomy. In this project you explore the
basic shapes of a leg and foot and then add graduated shading
with hatching and crosshatching to illustrate the three
Skills incorporated into this lesson include: identifying
accurate proportions, drawing with contour lines, planning
shading strategies, adding graduated values with hatching and
crosshatching, and applying foreshortening as a component of
A basic knowledge of the physical aging processes allows you to accurately draw people of
various ages. The age regression and progression techniques, discussed in this heavily illustrated
article, can be invaluable for accurately portraying or modifying the ages of portrait subjects.
This article is divided into the following four major sections: FROM NEWBORN TO TODDLER: During the first two years of life, a human face
changes more drastically than at any other stage of development.
This article explores the process of modifying a photo,
choosing different shading techniques for the various
textures, and using graduations to fade the lower
section of a head and shoulders portrait from the
shading into the nothingness of the paper.
You add shading in layers by working from light to dark, while rendering a highly detailed
human eye with a combination of three graduated shading techniques - hatching, crosshatching,
Eyes are the most expressive facial feature. The shapes and sizes of people’s eyes can help
identify their gender, age, and cultural origin. In a portrait, the eyes alone can often identify who
the person is. The eye in this project belongs to a beautiful young lady named Melissa, who is the
daughter of my friend Crystal Basta....
This project explores the process of drawing a caricature from
a photo, by utilizing a complex grid. The average drawing time
on this type of project generally runs between 20 to 40 hours.
To give you an idea of the time I spent on each aspect, I
included a brief drawing journal.
This lesson is divided into the following six sections:
SKETCHING WITH HELP FROM A GRID: You lightly sketch the outline of the subject
by utilizing a complex grid to establish the placements of various components....
Meet Dudley – a former figment of my
imagination, now the subject of this
drawing project! You use a grid format
to establish proportions and then outline
the highly detailed dragon and his nest
with thin neat lines. Suggestions are
offered for more adventurous artists who
choose to add color to their drawings.
Suggested drawing supplies include good quality white drawing paper, graphite pencils, kneaded
and vinyl erasers, and a pencil sharpener.
A cartoon boy drawing doesn't have to be hard, even for people who are not extremely artistic. In a few simple steps, you can be on your way to illustrating your own comic book about this mischievous cartoon boy. Grab your pencil and eraser, and let's get to it!
Step 1 - The Base For the head, start with a curved line on the top. From the top left corner, curve a line down toward the center of the face area. Do the same thing on the right side. Make a tiny 'U' shaped bump between the two sides of...