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Here are the methods I use to draw my portraits. There are many other ways to draw, but I find that these work best when trying to achieve a realistic looking image. These tips can also be applied to any other kind of drawing. Enjoy! Hope this helps :)

1. Outline an area before you start shading it. It will make it much easier when you shade it.

2. Start shading dark areas first, then work your way into the lighter areas.

3. To shade light areas, rotate your pencil in tiny, gentle, circular motions.

4. BLEND BLEND BLEND!! It will make your picture look a lot more cleaner & smoother. Use a tissue or a blending stick.

5. Use a mechanical pencil for detailed areas such as the eyes and hair.

6. To create white wisps of hair: using a sharp object (such as a dead pen), scratch the paper. Then, when you shade over it, the scratched portion will remain white, giving off the effect of white hair.

7. Try drawing upside down. Seeing it in a different perspective really helps!

8. Do not skimp on the details. They are what make your picture beautiful.

9. HAVE PATIENCE--> this is key to drawing.

10. PRACTICE. This is not a lie--> it really helps!
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JackFruitRuth Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
HHAHA! i will try :3
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DatQuiz Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you, I'm trying to put together a last minute portfolio and you're the bomb for making this!! <3
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jennychoi Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem! ^^
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HonHon53 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you!! these tips are amazing! it really helps when you are someone, such as myself, who has no idea how to approach a portrait drawing ^^
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jennychoi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thats great! Hope it helps.
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KatherineCaisip Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is very helpful. Thanks.
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jennychoi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np! ^.^
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Yasahiko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Thanks soo much for the tips. I shaded Yoseob while I drew him but next time i want to take a different approach and outline first.^^
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jennychoi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np! Hope the tip helps :)
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Elderweiss Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the tips! I was like O___O when I saw your Taylor Swift artwork but this journal is making me draw more. TY!
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