Portrait Drawing: A Teachable Skill

As a kid I doodled a lot. A LOT. My cartoon faces were popular but not famous. I never thought I’d learn to draw realistic portraits, but shortly after losing a good friend to leukemia about 15 years ago, I began to see life differently; I wanted to get out more, challenge myself, learn something new, do some of the things my friend planned to do before things took a turn for the worse.

I signed up for an art class, was recommended a figure drawing workshop and eventually learned I had a knack for portraits. It’s funny how when you enjoy doing something you can actually become pretty good at it.

Of course, I had to practice, but when you like what you’re doing, what is it that they say? It’s not an obsession, it’s dedication. I was dedicated. I drew a face a day. I joined Facebook groups, sketched my friends’ profile pics for practice, posted and tagged them, was paid for some of the portraits in cash and Starbucks gift cards, entered shows, contests, exhibits, contributed artwork to Miami’s Free Art Friday group, donated pieces to charity, created an Island Girl mural on The Good Wall in Miami’s Little Havana, sold my art. Just one face a day.

These days I continue to participate in shows and events and most recently I was a part of The Beatles Arts Festival, at The Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin, FL, where my John Lennon portrait, “Kaleidoscope Eyes,” won First Place. It was a magical moment.

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For the past couple of years I’ve also been teaching art classes using my outline drawings as templates for those who are interested in learning different graphite and colored pencil techniques. It’s a blessing to be able to do what I do. More about this in a future post.

I believe portrait drawing is a moment in time captured forever by the eyes, hands and heart of the Artist. It is a gift that never stops looking back at you. It’s also a gift you can share with others.

Stay tuned for a mini tutorial…coming soon! xo

 

 

 

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