Drawing a child portrait in coloured pencils
“Make A Wish”
After doing a few animal portrait, I always feel the need to change the nature of the subject just to get a break from drawing so much fur! I thought that a child portrait would be a great way to go and I was keen to draw my daughter’s portrait. I got a great photo of her blowing a dandelion seed head and wanted to draw it for so long! I decided that it would be a great way to start the new year, first with a colourful chameleon and then by this colourful portrait. The photo I worked off of had a horrible fence in the background and wasn’t very good to look at so I wanted to add lots of flowers and colour around the portrait. I used mostly Faber Castell Polychromos pencils with a couple of Caran d’Arche Luminance pencils.
Drawing a child portrait is always a challenge as they have such delicate skin and getting the skin tone right can be difficult. Added to that, this particular portrait had two light sources, one from the top right and one from the left. I had to make sure both lots of shadows were shown properly in order to get the portrait accurate. The background also proved difficult because I did not have a clear idea on what I wanted to do with it. I should have spent more time before starting, preparing the background for the portrait. I ended up going back to the background after the child portrait part of the artwork was completed and further defining the flowers and darkening the green. This definitely helped.
I have created a time lapse video of the drawing which you can see below. If you enjoyed it, check out my YouTube channel for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any videos. Enjoy!