Step by step portrait tutorial. A lesson on how to draw a face from beginning to end.
Step-by-Step Portrait

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In this tutorial, we will go through the process of drawing the portrait above, step-by-step.

Please bear in mind that the portrait "process" was recreated after the fact. Meaning, I took a finished portrait, and then drew illustrations that depicted the many stages that the drawing went through before it was finished. These illustrations are a little "funky" at times, but will suffice to illustrate each stage of the portrait.

If you are concerned about drawing a portrait freehand (the method that is used in this tutorial) please consult the "Drawing for Newbies" tutorial.

Materials you will need:

  • Sketch paper or drawing paper (8x10 or 9x12 is fine).
  • HB or B pencil. (If you don't know what that means, just use a #2 pencil.)
  • Kneaded rubber or regular rubber eraser.


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Step-by-step portrait

  • First off, start by drawing an oval or egg-shape.
  • Draw a straight line across, at about half way down the face, to indicate where the eyes will be. Use this line to make sure you don't get the eyes crooked when you draw them in later.
  • Draw a line about half way between the eye line and the bottom of the chin - this will be the bottom of the nose.
  • Draw a line about half way between the nose line and the chin - this indicates the placement of the mouth.
  • Draw a line right down the center of the head, top to bottom. This is used to make sure the face is drawn symmetrically, and not lopsided.
  • Draw two lines to indicate the neck.

Make sure these lines are drawing relatively faintly, so they can be erased later. But don't make them so faint that you can't see them!

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