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Learning how to draw portraits is a skill we would all like to acquire. I’m sure we’ve all marvelled at street artists as they draw life-like portraits of passers-by and wished we could do the same. Well the good news is you can. You will have to put a little practice in of course but portrait drawing is a skill, and like all skills it can be learned.

Learning how to draw portraits is no different than learning how to put up a shelf or make a cabinet. The skills needed for learning how to draw faces consists of many small skills which combine into one skill-set.

Don’t look at a great portrait and compare your own skills with the artist’s who drew it, this will just discourage you. The artist will have years of experience under his/her belt.

You need to build your skill-set up slowly. If you were starting to learn how to play the violin, nobody would expect you to get up and start playing the four seasons straight away. It’s the same when you are starting to learn how to draw, you can’t turn out great pictures straight away.

Portrait drawing is fascinating because we as human beings are fascinating and each head contains so much that artist’s are drawn to portrait drawing. Apart from that think how much fun it would be to be able to draw portraits of your family.

To learn how to draw portraits begin with the basics and build up slowly. Remember don’t expect to be turning out good drawings straight away, nobody can. Your early attempts are meant to be wrong. They will improve with practice.

Portrait drawing is broken down into small bits, you need to learn how to draw the human head, eyes, ears and hair. Each requires good observation and practice. Your practice drawings are not meant to be master pieces. They’re your scratchpad, your learning scribbles.

Learning how to draw portraits requires a bit of instruction and plenty of practice. The beauty about learning to draw is that you can do it anywhere. Just get a cheap notebook and a good pencil and you can practice anywhere, while waiting for a bus, during your break at work, virtually anywhere.

The best way to learn to portrait draw is to do it from life by getting someone to pose for you for a while. A family member is usually happy to oblige for a while. Failing that you can practice from photos. What’s important is that you practice and practice.

There’s plenty of excellent course you can get for a reasonable cost on the internet where artists will show you how to draw. Many are as good as a classroom. Don’t be discoursed if you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw portraits. Give it a go, you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve.


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