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Time-lapse of a Photo-realistic Portrait Pencil Drawing on Canson Grey Toned Paper
2023/11/14

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This article discusses the process of creating a realistic pencil portrait drawing on Canson Grey Toned paper. The author provides a timelapse video of the drawing as it progresses, showcasing the different stages involved in creating a detailed and lifelike portrait.

The artist begins by explaining that the choice of paper is crucial for achieving a realistic look. They prefer to work with Canson Grey Toned paper because it provides a mid-tone background, which helps in establishing the overall values and contrasts of the drawing.

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The grey tone also enhances the overall mood and impact of the final piece.

The first step in the drawing process is to outline the basic structure of the face using light pencil strokes. This initial sketch serves as a guide for the subsequent layers of details to be added. The artist advises paying close attention to the proportions and angles of the face, as these will greatly impact the accuracy and realism of the final result.

Once the basic structure is in place, the artist begins to build up the value and shading of the portrait.

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They start by establishing the darkest areas of the face, such as the eyes, hairline, and shadows. This is done by applying layers of graphite with varying pressure, gradually building up the intensity and depth of the shadows.

Next, the artist focuses on the mid-tones of the face, carefully observing the reference image and recreating the subtle gradations of light and shadow. They use a combination of hatching, cross-hatching, and blending techniques to achieve a smooth and seamless transition between different values.

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