Portraits

Drawing a Face – Stylised Portrait Rendering

You’ve reached the end of our face drawing series, and it’s time to bring your front view portrait line drawing to life with some color and lighting in Procreate. If you’ve missed the earlier parts, make sure to check them out, or you can jump right in with the line drawing I’ve attached to this post.

Brushes used:

  • Medium Brush
  • Smooth Lines Brush
  • Tapered Lines Brush
  • Basic Flo Brush
  • Flo Darka Brush
  • Flo Lighta Brush
  • Darken Line Brush
  • Overlay Brush
  • Standard Blender
  • Darken Hair Brush
  • Lighting Brush
  • Loose Hairs Brush

Canvas Size:

  • 4000 x 5600 pixels

Skills Learned:

  • Layer Management: Learn how to manage different layers for the background, clothing, hair, and facial features
  • Base Coloring: Master the technique of laying down base colors for different elements of your portrait
  • Detailing with Brushes: Get comfortable with various brushes for specific effects, like the tapered lines brush for hair
  • Shading and Lighting: Develop skills in adding shadows and highlights to give your portrait depth and realism
  • Final Touches: Understand how to use layer masks and blending modes for refining your artwork
Portraits

Drawing a Face – Stylised Front View Portrait

In this tutorial we will dive further into the world of stylized portrait sketching. In the next tutorial we will use this sketch as a base and render our portrait. Attached to this tutorial you will also find cheat sheets which you can use while drawing stylized faces. The cheat sheets show step by step instructions on how you can draw different facial features.

Brushes used:

  • Flotastic Sketcher

Canvas Size:

  • 4000 x 5600 pixels

Skills Learned:

  • Basic Face Proportions and Shapes: Starting with a circular shape for the cranium and attaching the jaw, the tutorial emphasizes understanding face proportions
  • Feature Placement: Techniques for correctly placing eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth are covered, with a focus on maintaining symmetry and alignment
  • Stylized Hair Sketching: The lesson demonstrates how to sketch hair with volume and texture, emphasizing the importance of capturing the flow and shape of hair
  • Layer Techniques: Using layers effectively for creating refined sketches. The tutorial explains how to adjust layer opacity for tracing and refining
  • Detailing and Stylization: Strategies for adding details like eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth, with a focus on creating a stylized rather than realistic portrait
Portraits

Closeup Eye

In this beginner friendly Procreate tutorial I will break down the steps of drawing this realistic close up of an eye. I’ll guide you through all the steps of course, so I’m sure you can create this too! Have fun!

Brushes used:

  • Monoline Brush
  • Soft Brush
  • Nikko Rull
  • Gesinski Ink
  • Shale Brush
  • Gloaming Brush
  • Basic Flo Brush
  • Brush Pen

Canvas Size:

  • 2300 x 3000 pixels

Skills Learned:

  • Creating Perfect Shapes: Utilize the quick shape tool combined with the edit shape function to fine-tune arcs and circles
  • Layer Management: Master the use of layers, including how to use clipping masks and blending modes like multiply and screen to add depth and detail
  • Detailed Adjustments: Employ tools like Gaussian blur and the smudge tool to blend colors seamlessly, enhancing the realism of the eye
Portraits

Black and White Portrait

Are you ready to level up your portrait painting skills? I’ve got just the thing for you – in this Procreate tutorial I will guide you through the exciting process of creating a lifelike portrait with realistic textures and tones!

In this tutorial, I’ll take you step by step, starting from a basic sketch using the versatile Chalk Pencil Brush, all the way to adding those final details that make your portrait pop.

Brushes used:

  • Chalk Pencil
  • Block-in Brush
  • Charcoal Brush
  • Standard Blender
  • Basic Flo Brush
  • Darken Line Brush
  • Lighten Line Brush
  • Freckles Brush
  • Skin Spots Brush
  • Smudge Hair Brush

Canvas Size:

  • 3500 x 3500 pixels

Skills Learned:

  • Sketching Techniques: Learn to measure and sketch using the Chalk Pencil Brush, focusing on facial anatomy and negative spaces to get the right proportions
  • Value Blocking: Start with black and white to understand the importance of values in a portrait, using the Block In Brush for laying down tones without getting lost in details.
  • Blending and Smudging: Use the Standard Blender for blending and creating soft transitions, crucial for realistic skin textures.
  • Detailing and Texture: Add fine details and textures gradually, enhancing features like eyelashes, skin texture, and freckles using a combination of Darken and Lighten Line Brushes.
  • Final Touches and Adjustments: Employ techniques for tweaking shadows, highlights, and contrast to bring depth and life to the portrait. Learn to manage edges and transitions for a realistic look