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Friday, December 12, 2014

Portraiture

8th Grade Portraits

Here is a link to a more detailed version of the lesson but here is a brief rundown of how I teach portraiture to my 8th graders.  We watch proportion videos taught by 9 year old Olivia (link to her YouTube videos on previous post) and map out our drawings lightly.  Now I'll jump in with the photo step by step version of my teaching of portraits:
 
    8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
      Discuss shadows and blending to give the illusion of a three dimensional face
8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Map out hair line  (we discussed how hair grows off of the skull and how our hairline should start just in front of our ears) and add a few strands of hair (draw lines as hair would grow)

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Add some more strands to fill in basic hair growth

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Blend hair strands lightly to fill in the empty spaces

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Add a few dark details/shadows into the hair.  Especially focus at the part in the hair and the direction of growth and how the hair would lay

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Blend the dark shadows in a bit and add a few more light strands on top

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Add some highlights with the corner of a clean eraser

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson
Blend the hair so that the eraser marks are less stark.  Add any necessary strands you want.  If you haven't already, add some fly-aways  and imperfections for believability

A Few Student Examples:
8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson


8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson

8th Grade Portrait Step by Step Drawing Art Lesson