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My artist mamas. Alexandra the gay 2 kids; 2 angel babies; El Paso, Texas 6701 posts
1st Mar '13

Ok, so you guys know I'm new to drawing people.
Well I attempted to draw a portrait of my daughter and the eyes, hair and nose seem soooo off to me, but I can't think of how to change them.
Helpppp



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PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
1st Mar '13

Your proportions are off. Check out www.drawspace.com, it can give you a lot of good tips on how to improve your drawing all around, not just your portrait skills. I am taking an art class right now for college(it's only Basic Drawing I, but I'm learning a lot).

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
1st Mar '13

Some of the proportions are a bit off.



What I found is a great way to start is to divide the piece into a graph and then do the same graph on your paper. This allows you to focus on smaller pieces and have guidelines. Those guidelines really keep everything where it should be and help a LOT to start with.

Veronica ♫ 1 child; Fort Worth, Texas 201 posts
1st Mar '13

This was just a quick sketch over but here are a few suggestions:
-the eyes were a little bit too big, and the shape was a little too round. in the picture they are more of a half circle. (I would also darken them to match the pic better)
-The nose is more rounded and the shading is crucial to make it look right.
-the chin is a little longer in the picture than in the drawing. and the jaw line was a bit lower.
-The bangs need to flow a bit more.
-The lips are curving downward a bit more in the picture than in the drawing.
Hope this was helpful :]
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Alexandra the gay 2 kids; 2 angel babies; El Paso, Texas 6701 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting Veronica ♫:" This was just a quick sketch over but here are a few suggestions: -the eyes were a little bit too big, ... [snip!] ... to flow a bit more. -The lips are curving downward a bit more in the picture than in the drawing. Hope this was helpful :] "



Awesome! Thank you.
I use graphite pencil, and it doesn't seem to ever blend right. Any suggestions?

Veronica ♫ 1 child; Fort Worth, Texas 201 posts
1st Mar '13

I have used a tightly rolled up piece of paper and it worked out fine.

PurpleBama582 52 kids; Dothan, Alabama 3875 posts
1st Mar '13
Quoting Mrs. Tebow:" Awesome! Thank you. I use graphite pencil, and it doesn't seem to ever blend right. Any suggestions?"


q-tips work, blending stumps are awesome, and chamois cloths(or even pieces of a cut up old t-shirt) also work.

0000000000000000000000000 Virginia 1290 posts
2nd Mar '13
Quoting Mrs. Tebow:" Ok, so you guys know I'm new to drawing people. Well I attempted to draw a portrait of my daughter and the eyes, hair and nose seem soooo off to me, but I can't think of how to change them. Helpppp "


The proportions are off.