Realistic Portrait

Lately, I have been learning to draw the human head. I did this sketch a few days ago for practice, and I ended up working on it way longer than expected. I don’t have a lot of experience doing digital painting, but I learned a lot from doing this little illustration. I feel a lot more comfortable choosing brushes, blending and etc. This did take me quite a while to finish, so I probably won’t be doing portraits like this often. I will, however, apply what I learned to more stylized paintings; I think I have a better sense of the planes on the head now.

Here is the final drawing:

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The original photo:

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The model’s name is Mats van Snippenberg.

Here are some progress photos:

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The Reilly Method

Lately, I decided I will focus on learning anatomy to improve my drawings and animations. I am starting with the head, and I have to say I have learned so much already in just a couple of weeks. I started by following short daily tutorials on Pencil King. The tutorials were very concise and useful, and I definitely recommend them to everyone. The tutorials have been great at breaking down basic proportions of the head, but I also needed something that would help with my shading.

I started looking for different resources online and I came across the Reilly method. The Reilly Head Abstraction is basically a grid like system of the many rhythm lines found in the human face and head. I have always struggled with shading because I did not know what to emphasize, and the result of my drawings usually looked a bit off. Not only does the Reilly method help with shading, but it also helps with proportions. I really like it, but there are a lot of different lines you have to draw to have the complete abstraction. Here is my first try:

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I then did a portrait study using this method on Cara Delevingne:

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I am pretty happy with the results, even though this was a quick digital painting. I would definitely recommend this method to anyone who is interested in improving their art. I will be sure to post more on my progress.