How to Draw a Portrait

Doing a Portrait Drawing with a 4B Pencil

Here is a pretty face that you might want to draw. In this drawing tutorial, I go over how you can identify and put in reference points for drawing this face. Once the general features has been drawn in, I go into your basic shading with a 4B pencil. I love the softness of the 4B pencil and it allows me to shade quickly, which is useful for video captures as I generally do not want to make the video too long.

The original photo is by Paul Apalkin. I found him on Deviantart and he has some incredible portrait photography. You should check him out.

Portrait Drawing Tutorial Video

Below is the drawing with a sepia tint. You can click on it for a much higher resolution image.

portrait drawing of a girl

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