How to Draw: Ears

Ears… they aren’t just blobs on the side of everyone’s head and neither are they just C-shaped attachments. They are something that is different on each person. They have a lot of character, though not nearly as much as other portions of the face. As I said in the last post of the series (you can find it here), this is going to be the easiest to draw of anything that the human face comprises.

If you are new to this series welcome! You can find the rest of the episodes on this page. I’m covering how to draw all the subjects of the human face so that you can enjoy drawing portraits with confidence and ease. These skills and techniques are also very important for landscape pictures that may have people in them. And the first two episodes are actually the very base foundation which all of the pencil drawing world rests upon – whether you’re drawing portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, or anything! Continue reading “How to Draw: Ears”

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How to Draw: Eyes

“Eyes are the window to the soul.”  I’ve always heard that quote, but it wasn’t till recently that I realized just how true it is. We can hide anything by acting, dressing, or talking differently yet our eyes will tell the truth. Eyes are the most fun and beautiful thing to draw of a human face. They’re not really all that complicated, yet they add such depth and meaning to the portrait. Eyes communicate so much! This is not to scare you out of drawing eyes because you think you’ll flub it up. You are a human, and naturally carry the intuition necessary to subconsciously pick up on the little things that make the eyes their own personality and draw it. As you continue to grow in your drawing, the “drawing it” part will become easier. Continue reading “How to Draw: Eyes”

How to Draw: Sketching and Shading

In the first episode of this How to Draw Series, we learned what tools we need to draw with. Now I’m going to share my top secrets to sketching and shading. Secrets?? Oh yeah, there’s lots of secrets! Ones that I wish I’d known a long time ago, and I’m going to reveal them to you so that drawing no longer has to be such a mystery.

The next best thing to having the things to draw with, is knowing how to use them in a way that really puts a picture together (pun intended).

Using a Grid:

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How to Draw: The Drawing Tools

This is the first post of a series about how to draw. In the series, we will be covering anything from noses to ears to hair. By the time we get through them all, I am confident that you will be quite prepared to draw a beautiful face! But first things first, we’ve got to start with some tools in hand. A portrait can be drawn with just a regular pencil/eraser/paper, but the results will not be half as pleasing. I see most of the following items as the artist’s most essential items.

The great thing about graphite (pencil) drawing, is that the prices are way lower than painting. Good news for the beginner!

The very most important thing in an aspiring artist, is not the tools, but passion. A love for drawing, not particularly a very developed love yet, but one that doesn’t give up easily. Continue reading “How to Draw: The Drawing Tools”

“Pure Innocence” – Graphite Portrait

This is a rather special picture to me. No, I don’t know the girl, it was actually a stock photo I found.

The gleam in her eyes captured my heart; a look of absolute innocence resting across her round little face. But she is reaching out in pure delight for something… Continue reading ““Pure Innocence” – Graphite Portrait”

A Present For My Grandma

My Grandpa Yoder was a dwarf. When he was a child, he was an adorable little Amish boy, with a little grin that would warm any heart. I’m sure if I could have known him personally, I would have been so absolutely proud that he was my grandpa (and I am), but I didn’t; he passed on to be with Jesus after a battle with skin cancer before my parents had met.So this Christmas, I drew a picture of him as a little boy for my Grandma Yoder. It was lots of fun, although I was pushed for time.

And yes, this is the fifth little boy that I’ve drawn in the past year with no little girls… say it’s about time I draw a girl? It’s next in line!

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A little note: Don’t you dare tell me my grandpa was a “midget”, that feels like such a derogatory expression for the wonderful dwarfs that I’m privileged to be related to!

Little James and the Model Doll

My sister and I were doing some much needed fall cleaning in our bedroom, when my sister found my favorite doll. She is life sized, and just about as realistic looking as you’ll get with a doll. When I was young, she was my baby! As I contemplated sending her up to the attic, a sudden thought hit me; Why not draw a picture of her?

In the end, I used her as a model and drew a little black boy. While I was drawing, the name James, appeared in my head out of nowhere and stuck. Funny, ’cause I don’t normally like the name James (no offense meant to anybody with that name!).

If you know me, you might know that I love drawing little kiddos! Out of all the pictures of family, friends, and other “random” people that I’ve drawn in the past year, four of them were little boys (with another next in line to draw!)! 🙂 Hmm, maybe it’s time I find some girls?!

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“James” 9″x12″ Bristol Board