How to Draw Realistic Portraits Step By Step

2018-06-13 15:50:30
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Being able to draw portraits is one thing but being able to actually make them resemble the subject is a whole another thing. And as a portrait artist, the one question that you could be found consistently asking yourself is “How to draw realistic portraits?”

You might start off with a perfect stroke and be sure about the results but it can happen that by the time you finish drawing, the outcome is not quite what you would have expected it to be. You could be baffled because it really was not your fault. 

But there are certain things that you must keep at the back of your mind to learn how to draw a perfect portrait. Sites like ShowFlipper sell drawings online and you can visit these sites to gain an idea of what you need to do to draw well.

This article brings to you some useful and easy to follow drawing portraits tips. These step by step portrait drawing tips for beginners as well as professionals help you figure out how to draw portraits with pencil and how to give a defining shape to your subjects while drawing.

I hope you had a good learning while reading these watercolor painting techniques.

A step by step guide on How to Draw Realistic Portraits

Study the Subject Carefully

Each person is different from the other, so are their facial features. You should always make it a point to study these features carefully before you actually start to draw. Look into the tiniest nuances of each and every facial expression of your subject.

 Like how they smile, or how their eye expressions change with different emotions. This study helps you capture the real essence of the personality of the person sitting on the stool and you can do justice to their portrayal on your canvas only then.

Draw the Outline

The outline of an image serves as the boundary region to which your drawing will stay confined. It helps you stay put in your assigned area and does not let the size of your drawing stray away from the pre-defined specifications. 

You could use a grid to draw an outline or you could freehand if comfortable with it. Grids are known to be more precise but the choice will really be yours.

An HB pencil should be used to draw an outline. Always take into account the shape of the person’s face and stick to it when defining an outline.
It is very crucial to be accurate with the face shape otherwise it’s highly unlikely that you final drawing will resemble the real person and you will be a step closer to draw realistic portraits.

Start With the Hairline

You should always start with the hairline of a person when sketching a portrait. Notice the flow of the air and always take your strokes in the direction of the flow. Also, note the hair color and use a dark or a light pencil accordingly.

 A 3B and a 7B pencil could be used for a good color combination. The 3B pencil helps you define the basics and the 7B helps in addition to details and contrast to the drawing.

Always follow the flow of the person’s hair and start with the dark shade, gradually shifting to an intermediate tone, and then lighter shades. The lighter shades act as a highlight. The strokes in the hair are mostly tone-dependent and not defined by lines. Don’t rush through it and work on each stroke well.

Define the Forehead

Forehead, cheeks, lower chin, and the nose tip are the regions on a person’s face with highlights. You can define these highlights by putting in some H graphite around the highlight region and then blend it with the area around with a tissue to draw realistic portraits.

 The highlights very much depend on the tone of a person’s skin. Notice the tone of your subject’s skin and then put the H graphite in the highlight region accordingly.

Identify the highlights on your subject’s forehead and then very carefully work them out with some graphite and a tissue. Use more graphite if the skin tone is lighter than the highlights and lesser if the skin tone is darker. Blend in the highlights minutely to create a light gradient. 

Take breaks in between to avoid being overworked. Then begin again when you feel like it. The color gets darker as you move away from the highlights.

Eyes

Eyes are relatively easy to draw if you keep the eye color in your mind. A lot of highlights are used around the eyes, especially for the eyelid shadows beneath the eyebrows and the pupil region. 

Blend in some graphite for the iris region and then carefully mix it to a dark shade that grows lighter towards the outer circle of the iris. The pupil is kept darker with a small white to reflect the sparkle.

 The whites of the eye should not be left completely white. Shade them with a light graphite pencil highlighting where necessary. Look into the reference photo of the subject, collect hints, and work accordingly.

Cheeks and Nose

The cheeks of a person pretty much define the shape of the person’s face. Identify the lightest tone on the cheeks and start with these tones. Put some graphite in the region and lightly blend it out towards the outside of the face. The shade gets darker as we leave the face.

 The cheekbones should be highlighted to bring out the shape of the face. This will depend a lot on the person’s face shape and cheekbone projection. The shape of the nose is very crucial in deciding the resemblance, too. Take care of the crook of the nose and highlight the tip by blending in some graphite, leaving the tip light.

Chin, Jawline, and Lips

The face will be finished by defining the jawline and chin. Put some H and B graphite over the highlight region and gradually blend them in.

 The lips are usually graphite dabbed without any highlights. Just mind the shape and it will be fine. Proceed to the neck next and use shadows effectively to make the portrait look real.

After having finished the portrait just use a retractable eraser to highlight the main areas more and then fix it with a spray. And voila! There you have it.

 You can also search for drawing portraits online on e-store like Showflipper that sell drawings online to gain more knowledge of the subject.

We hope the article was helpful. You can search other online tutorials for drawing portraits and start learning and practicing. So go ahead and start drawing. We will see you in the next article.

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Surrealism Exposes Wealth Inequity And Beyond.

2018-02-28 13:27:22
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People often say wealth is power. This is frightening because most of the wealth in the world is concentrated in the hands of a select few. The amount of wealth owned by the 80 richest people in the world is the same as the amount of wealth at the hands of 20% of the poorest people in the world. 

That is to say 80 people in this world have as much money as their disposal as 1.4 billion people. This gives them a perverse power over the rest that they can exploit. This shocking gap has deep repercussions on our society.


The ever-widening wealth gap

With a wealth gap so wide; there are obvious and tangible issues such as mass poverty and crime. It has one large impact on us that is intangible. We often ignore the fact that the wealthiest people in the world have control over the media. This leads to media manipulation as well as mass manipulation where we are shown exactly what they want us to see.

Therefore what we think of as our reality could easily be just an image created by this media influence. Reality is the conjectured state of everything as exists, rather than what it appears like. Reality is relative; a beautiful game of perceptions that is real.

We assume it is the 'I' in me who does everything and is responsible for all outcomes. The 'I' takes care of my present and my future. My life revolves around the word 'I'.

What happens when I face the reality?

Am I just a puppet and being managed by politicians, businessmen, and the so called powerful people? 

Am I being controlled by corporate owned media? 

Reality does not just bite, but it also kills. The artist has intelligently portrayed the sufferings of the poor and the happiness of the rich in his oil paintings, a fine art way to expose the brutality of the real world.

Human beings are gradually turning into puppets and greed is pushing everyone down; there is constant manipulation of the masses by the politicians and businessmen.A Surrealist painter by the name of JJ Banerjee has captured on canvas the huge wealth gap to depict the reality of the world that we live in.

Surrealism


Surrealistic Art at ShowFlipper

'Musk Seller: A perfidious drama' is one of Banerjee's creations at ShowFlipper. The dark hued landscape shows the harsh reality of the present world in its 39x32 canvas. He has depicted the privileged rich controlling the masses in the form of a dark and gloomy puppet show.

The backdrop is a dark cityscape with vultures flying overhead in hope of feeding on the bodies, which is considered as an ill omen in a typical Indian society. There are hands that are controlling the strings of the puppets and the center of the painting has an emerging hellfire that fails to reach upwards to punish the deserving evil doers.

The canvas is strikingly captivating to a casual onlooker and has several hidden messages that reveal the brutal truth of the society that we live in

The painting urges the common man through to rise to the occasion! A battle has been cast by the rich section, to widen the barrier that separates them from the poor. The photo art creates an air of belief amongst every common man to step up and deliver.

Art & reality meet in this nightmarish scenario which cannot be ignored for long. The call to action is made through art.

According to the artist, it is not the quest for supremacy, but equality.

Banerjee has strong opinions about the society. "A man holding power and position, has the ability of feeding us as well as starving us. This makes us helpless enough to bow our head towards them. I want to pass the message through my paintings to people and tell them to fight for themselves and not sacrifice their rights." he says.

SF Studio: Making a Difference in Society.

ShowFlipper is one such place where every artist might want to be! Be it fabric art, fine arts, abstract art or digital art, if you are not here, you are bound to miss a greater section of audience!

Having effectively captured the ugly truth onto one canvas his other works of surrealism also have similar projections of reality. His paintings on SF Studio possess naked surrealism and have attracted the attention of several art lovers worldwide for the dramatic and explosive messages that they portray.

Banerjee has several other artworks like 'after the atomic war' which shows the depiction of human beings that are distorted and disfigured. Its Surrealism sends across the bold portrayal of what greed, anger, and negativity does to us. (visit here for image.)

'Vendetta of the paradoxic spree' in the Sahara Art section is another creation that is disturbing yet fixating and core shaking. All of his works are a bold display of reality that has the capability to make a person think deep. One cannot help gazing into the depth of the painting. His show speaks for itself and attracts numerous people to collect his work on their screen.

Another great collection of Surreal Digital Art by Tom Repasky is here

3d Art, 2d Art, Surreal Art, Abstract Art, explorations of the human psyche through metaphysical digital art short stories, poetry, quotes, near death experience (NDE) The computer art of Tom Repasky

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Romance Unleashed on the Fine Art Canvas

2018-02-28 12:56:40
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Romance meets Fine Arts!

Love has always been a matter of great interest. It is a vast subject that not only covers romance between two individuals, but also the feelings that erupt from one's heart towards other aspects, like nature, animals, food, adventures, children, friends etc.

It is wisely said that love knows no boundaries, nor religions! There are plenty examples that support this claim. You don't have to learn new languages to express your love towards others! It is a magical experience that displays emotions from your attitude. The way you talk, greet, care, sacrifice says it all! It is a sheer delight that keeps you afloat of all the negativities surrounding your physical world!

Many scientific experiments too have proved that there are neurological changes in the brain patterns that makes an individual behave differently when involved romantically with anyone. The human mind plays a pivotal role in shifting gears when you fall in love! There is positivity, energy, fun and moreover respect involved when the pheromones of love and romance get released!

The Romantic period was the movement of music art and literature that originated in Europe towards the end of 18th century. It was the time that wherein art was seen as a special emotion that found differentiation between relegion, science and had a major impact on historiography.

Today, love goes beyond eternity, which is far ahead of any science and religion! Manjiri uses her canvas to allow her lovely little delights of colors with acrylic painting, oil painting, contemporary art and paint to express something that needs no words! A feeling that takes shape on her paint board has mesmerized art admirers around the globe!

Her oil paintings and arcylic paintings that reveal the desire of greatest feeling on earth is portrayed fantastically! The Fine art and contemporary art comes alive with the glorius use of brush strokes that play elegance on the canvas!


Contemporary art finds inspiration in love

Manjiri Kanivde is a romantic at heart. She believes an artist can be inspired from anything. "Inspiration can come from a wet umbrella on a hazy rainy day, or a garden sculptures that withstands the  on a rainy night!”  she says. Her belief is that she derives inspiration from all the places that she has travelled to and everything around her that she finds beautiful. She loves to paint projections of love and her show on SF Studio shows a display of romanticism.

It is known that creativity cannot be bought and a true artist will vouch for that fact. No amount of money can replace the respect that a painter receives on an outstanding work of art. Perhaps, the biggest compliment to an artist is when another artist chooses to use their creations for other artwork.

It can be of any art forms of art like digital art, contemporary art, abstracts, fine art , oil paintings and arcylic paintings etc.  In Manjiri's case, it was Frank Bango who used her painting, 'Romance in the Rain', as the cover for his music album 'Touchy, Feely' in 2013.

She paints full time now and feels that it is much more rewarding than a full time job. Her paintings depict mostly love. Her creations 'Romantic Interlude', 'Autumn romance' and 'Walking in the sunshine' show strong reflections of love. 

"No amount of money earned in the corporate world, can give me as much satisfaction as I get when my work is appreciated by my collectors." says Manjiri, who has actively sold acrylic paintings and oil paintings worldwide and has a large number of regular collectors.

Romance is something that connects souls and a piece of fabric with the name of your soul mate can work wonders! You can also use handcrafted jewellery to bring the gorgeous smile on your companions face!

It is no wonder many philosophers have used poems as a medium to express their feelings. A booknovel or a blissful poem can make your day! Manjiri is a core passionate and romantic person who uses colors to do the wonders!

Carrying the legacy of photo art and art work

Her core persistence to pursue her passion for art led her to becoming a full time artist. If you have to express yourself to someone in a way that can leave you speechless, Manjiri's art work have the ability to do all the talking for you.

Her photo art stand out from the crowd owing to the rich and luxurious effects they offer to the viewer! Classic, elegant and creative; landscape paintings and acrylic  paintings of Manjiri has been the talk of the town lately

Her presence in the various art galleries has helped garner her name in every nook and corner of the globe! There is no wonder her art forms has taken the world by her side!

Manjiri’s exclusive art work on ShowFlipper

The paintings of Manjiri are a profuse part of ShowFlipper! They treasure the value of love and passion in every pixel and creatively involve the soul of the user towards them! The blissful use of brushstrokes on the canvas makes every creation a special one! 

The mesmerizing beauty of the emotions that blossoms in the season of love are confined by every inch of her canvas. They reveal the story of hearts that are piously built to love! Some of the great fine art paintings can also be found at Art Gallery Worldwide - fine art oil paintings

Her acrylic paintings are the ideal gift for that special someone when you have something to say that cannot be expressed in words. Acrylic paintings perfectly capture the emotions you are trying to express. Acrylic paintings are simple and beautiful paintings will undoubtedly impress your significant other. You can buy art made by her on her show 'Romantic paintings' on ShowFlipper.

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Spiritual Healing Leads to Inspirational Art Work

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A Greived Soul And Fine Art

Art is a medium that allows people to express emotion. An artist can portray their dismay or disappointment. 

This helps them gain closure when certain things don't go their way. Not many people know that painting is a kind of spiritual healing that many artists resort to.

They use a blank canvas and a brush to express their emotions, that gives rise to abstract art and fine art that helps to heal their souls. 

Most of us mourn our losses with tears, but an artist uses colors to vent out deep emotions. Oil paintings, a very common yet powerful art work breaks the jinx of destruction caused to the soul.

Painting to heal your soul is not uncommon. An entire field of psychology deals with counselling through art. It is known as art therapy.

Art therapy gives the artist, “Inspiration”

Inspirational mixed media artist, Judith Iris Quate, lost her son to a lifelong ailment of cerebral palsy; she turned towards painting to heal her bruised soul. She had initially resorted to painting as a healing process.

Using the canvas as a therapist, she vented out all the love and affection into it. Her paintings have strong usages of red to signify the strength of her love. 

She blended these colors with images of her son along with a lingering thought or a quote.

Each time she put up a new painting, we would be amazed at the depth of emotion it portrayed. You can shop for the paintings of Judith, at www.showflipper.com

""Judith""

Inspirational Art Creations

"I believe that mourning is something we all do differently" she wants to send out a message through art; she says,"It is not just about the art, it is about what the art says". 

Her show named 'Inspiring Creations' on ShowFlipper is dedicated to her son with the tagline,"In the memory of my son Jason who inspires me every day".

She continues to paint from her heart, which sets an inspirational creation apart from other paintings that you see at the galleries.

 She also makes handmade bags and greeting cards that have the similar touch of love and emotions. We have never seen Judith create an artwork that is conventional.

Her shows are splashed with the colors, an oil painting with a difference, along with inspirational quotes and messages that are a rare combination. Her works are a form of inspirational art that can appeal to mothers all over the world.

The importance of Karma

In 1976, Dr King published his groundbreaking book, You too can heal.  This led to a lot of controversies, especially in the circle of spiritual healers, who perceived spiritual healing as the gift of few. 

 Dr King believed that some may not be very receptive of the healing. As Dr George King said, Miracles are not performed by God for man, but by Man for GOD.

The contemporary art form has too been used extensively that decodes the values of Karma. Karma, has been an will be in the nature till apocalypse!

Spirituality and Art

In the field of psychotherapy or spiritual healing, we encounter art therapy. You paint to heal your soul. You use your creative process of making art to express yourself. Inspirational art work or happy art is a way to stay inspired, happy and beautiful.

Inspirational art motivates, instigates and encourages creativity in you. Beautiful paintings or art can actually inspire you to stay positive and creative. 

Art therapy attempts to use humanism to reconcile the emotional human conflicts.  It focuses on the creative and contemporary art making process itself. 

 The creative process involved when one is actually trying to express herself creatively can reduce stress and  improve self confidence.

Visit this good read that attempts to cure the soul with art therapy!

This provides individuals with a deeper understanding of life and even oneself.  Art therapy can be involved in art through acrylic painting or art photography.  Whatever it is you do not have to be an expert in the art.  To define the colors of life, go ahead and pick up that color.

Art Therapy

Express yourself in postcards you create yourself. Design your own thank you cards and send them to friends. You can also Google some African art and try your hands on it.

Music is said to stir your soul.  So, listen to music and close your eyes to view what this music is inspiring in you. Read it, explore yourself.

The underlying statement is, never get stuck at one place.  You can be unhappy today, but it is not worth to be unhappy throughout your life. Do some art, express yourself and be happy and beautiful.

""One""

ShowFlipper for Art!

Judith's characteristic feature is disability awareness and she strives to spread that with her shows. 

Having witnessed the kind of treatment that physically disabled children have to undergo, she writes special messages and quotes on her paintings saying that every child is beautiful, unique and different. 

Her creations also send out the messages of acceptance towards children who are special. Each of her artistic depiction echoes that 'Every child is special.

ShowFlipper has been a great resource for everyone who is involved with art and related subjects!
It is a horizon for fine arts, abstract arts, paintings, poemssculptures and so on! 

You can feast on the art works of the ShowTainers who are talent heads in their respective fields!

Visit www.showflipper.com ,a place that has the best art creations of all times! You can also shop art works at the best rates and make your day!

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