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Mermaid Portrait Drawing – Part 1

Recently I was asked how I draw faces, I have never been asked before and I was honored to be asked. So I wrote back with my advice, while thinking it would be great to start a new painting and explain how I paint from start to finish. I know their are already many videos out there, but it’s alway nice to do something personal for my fans and fellow artists, and a great way to give something to the art community. We are all unique and we all have different experiences to share 🙂

How I draw faces, thats one question that makes me think and a little hard for me to explain in words. For now though words and photos will have to do 😉 A camcorder will be a great addition in the future.

People and faces are a wonderful thing. Many of my paintings are based around the facial expressions and a story. I usually start of with an overall rough sketch, just to make sure it fits inside my canvas. As you can see in the first photo I have drawn a rough shape for the face and I have used a rough lines to help me get the spacing right. I was told that a portrait is egg shaped.
1. So imagine your egg, draw a horizontal line half way through your egg this gives you a line where the eyes go.
2.Then in the bottom half draw another line at the halfway mark and this is where the nose goes.
3.Then half that again and thats where the mouth goes.
4. Now if you half the top part of the egg this is where the hairline starts.
5 Half the bit in between the the hairline and eyes then you have a rough guide for your eyebrows.

On my picture its slightly different as I’m looking slightly upwards towards the face. But this gives you the basics.

After I have drawn my rough guides in I then start to build up the line work slowly. It helps to stand your work up and look at it from a distance to see if it looks okay and the perspective is good. Once I’m happy I usually start with drawing the eyes in then moving down onto the nose, mouth and jaw line. I keep moving around like this, as it helps me get the whole structure right. After that I will start to add the hairline and hands in.

When I begin a new art work I always start off with a rough sketch, to get a feel for the mood and a message I’m trying to convey. Sometimes my models really say something to me so I incorporate that into my work. Healing hands is what I wanted in this piece and when I met Hannah for the first time this is what went through my mind, as it turns out Hannah always has warm hands and she loves giving reiki healing, this gives me an excellent start to my story, from here I let the theme, color and feeling speak to me.

Next Time I will go into more detail with the overall theme of this painting and share more ongoing work as the painting developes.

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