Portrait pencil sketch of Argentinian guy

I met this guy on the street sittin in front of a tattoo shop playing his guitar. He looked like a type and had his hair and beard grown to an impressive length. I sat down and talked with him and found out he was quite a traveler, he’d been to India and various parts of the world. He was Argentinian just like my wife. I imideately got the idea to make a portrait pencil sketch of Argentinian guy. He had settled in Christiania in Denmark which is called the freedom town of Copenhagen. After some time he led me take some photos of him in the light of the street bulbs.

Reason to write all this about this guy is that he became one of my favourite models and I practice a lot from the photos I took of him. Besides that the long conversation with him gave me a deeper insight of him and that’s for go big value when I paint people.

Measurements

In overall this a very lose sketch. It’s not a commision. it’s a painting I want to use for fairs later on. I have way more freedom with this drawing and painting and that’s very nice to have sometimes. It give me freedom to try new stuff and to research my palette and my brush strokes. I made this sketch with no hardcore measuring. What I mean by that is, that I didn’t use my pencil or brush to measure vital flagpoints like the space between the eyes, nose and mouth. I did it only by eye measuring. I like when I have the freedom to draw this way, because the sketch get’s kinda lose and caricature like without losing it’s alikeness.

Eyes

Eyes was made lose as well. The right eye is almost totaly covered in shadow. I like these small features. That’s what gives your portrait a story and a feel. So when I put paint on later I definitely will keep the shadows. Besides that, the eyes came a little closer than the original, but that’s the price you pay when you don’t measure everything down to the milimeter.

Nose

There’s a little to much detail around the nose than I would like. I would like it to be more in shadow. But the reference just have a lot of light in this area. I could make up som shadow and maybe I will during the painting layers. But for now I keep it this way. Nose came out fine regarding measurement.

Mouth

Kept the mouth very simple. I know from experience that the more simple the mouth looks the better. The model has a lot of beard in the area, and that just make’s it easier for me to simplify the mouth. It’s barely just the shadow line between the lips and the shadow line underneath the lower lip. I like it that way.

Shadows

The shadows are dominant in this reference. And that’s just the way I like it. The contrasts during painting sessions will be very definite. I’m looking forward to see how it turns out during the painting sessions.

Reflection

Reflection about the drawing is very important for the next stage of painting. It’s here you think about what story you wan’t to tell. And I want to tell a story of big contrasts, lot’s of hair and urban raw looking Argentinian. So the light source, the contrasts and the model in one unity will tell my story here – hopefully.

My family is going to Agentina soon, so I hope I can make the painting before we go.

Links

For more information about how I build up my portrait step by step follow this link https://portraitpaintingblog.com/portrait-painting-step-by-step/

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Portrait pencil sketch of Sofia

Sofia is my cousins daughter. She was 9 years old when the drawing was made. I always take the drawing a little further than nessesary for the later painting stages. The reason for that is, that I simply enjoy the drawing process and find it hard to stop. In reality I could have stopped way before, since I only really need the placements of the eyes, nose, mouth and the overall shape of the head and hair.

Measurements

My measurements for this portrait pencil sketch of Sofia was really thorough. I was very accurate placing marks in the center which you can see by the fat middle line that goes down trough the face from the nostril and up to the forhead and down to the cheek. Reason for this accuracy was that the painting was for my aunt. So I needed my drawing to be my solid foundation to rely on. As stated earlier I feel safe when my drawing is well done.

Eyes

Eyes were done with no measuring. I sketched the eyes with my eyesight. Needed to correct it a couple of times because I felt the eyes was the reason why it did not look like the “real” Sofia. As I corrected them it helped. I had put a to hard line around the eyes and it made her look older. It’s really tricky with kids, when you draw them, to make them look as young as they are. Because the skin is so smooth, so there is not many little wrinkles et cetera that gives kids their specifik look or character.

Nose

As you see I have made a big shadow on the nose of the portrait pencil sketch of Sofia. I really like to “hide or mask” the nose behind a shadow. The more the better -And to only hint the nostrils. It does not destroy the alikeness, even though I was drawing a very young girl. I was in general satisfied with the nose on the drawing.

Mouth

The mouth is my area of trouble in general. And also on this drawing. My master told me that the drawing and painting has to be lose around the mouth. It’s better that you really can’t se what goes on in that area, but that it still defines a mouth. And even though with this information I tend to draw the lines to hard. The more vague and soft the lines are around the mouth the better. The mouth area also made her look older than she was in reality. I kept it this way knowing that I had to put layers of paint on top of it anyway.

Shadows

I’m happy with my shadows on this drawing. Feel like they hide a lot without destroying the alikeness of the portrait. I love shadows in portraits. It gives it depth and character. My shadows are defined my hatching with the pencil. Hathing means seperate line next to eachother. Few places like the eyebrows and the nostrils I pushed the pencil harder to make it look darker. But in reality it’s not good to make the shadows to dark when you’re working with a sketch in my opinion. The reason for this is because my darker paints for shadows are transparent. You can see trough them after they are laid on the canvas. That means that if you look through enough you can see the pencil. And I personally do not like that.

What could I have done better and reflection

To sum it all up i’m overall happy with this little portrait pencil sketch of Sofia. It took me around 2,5 hours which is not that bad. Prefereably I would have wanted her took to look a little younger, I’m still not overall happy with the mouth as stated earlier. I could have used more time to soften it more. Maybe that would have changed the appearence of her. It could be the fact that the lips looks very defined – almost like lipstick that makes her look older that she really is.

Links

For more information about how I build up my portrait step by step follow this link https://portraitpaintingblog.com/portrait-painting-step-by-step/

Fore more information about how I mix my color follow this link https://portraitpaintingblog.com/color-palette-portrait-painting/