How To Draw A Face In Shadow
How To Draw A Face In Shadow: With so many possible techniques in the art field, it can be difficult to narrow down which is the right one for you and then understand how to use it. Fortunately, VideoJug is here to help you out! In this video, Paul Regan of the Insight School of Art provides an easy, step-by-step demonstration that shows how light and shadow interact, and then how to translate the concept to your work.
Hello. My name's Paul Regan. I teach at the Insight School of Art in North London and I'm going to show you some drawing exercises you might like to try.
I'm going to show you how to draw a portrait using tone to capture all the different shadows and the contrast on the face. I'm starting with a drawing that's already prepared using line only, which I prepared on the film, "How To Draw A Face From The Front." Once you've got everything in the right place and it's worth getting everything in the right place because it allows you to be much freer with the tone, once you've got things in the right place, then don't worry about the features until the end of the drawing now.
Just think about the tone. I'm using a 4B pencil, which is quite a dark pencil, which will give me the nice contrast on the face. And the first thing I want to really look at is I'm making sure that I notice where the dark areas are.
As you can see, the light is coming from the left hand side and the shadows on the right hand side. So I'm going to start with a very dark area which is at the side of the nose here. I'm going to work quite fast, but you can do it at any speed that suits you best.
So, starting with the dark area I'm coming down the face where it's very, very dark. When you start, sometimes it looks really dark, but in fact when it's finished, it should look just about right. As it comes around here, it gets much lighter, so I'm releasing the pressure on the pencil.
And in here, once again, it's much darker coming down the face with the shaving, under the eye, and the eyebrow, which is very dark in there. A little bit lighter under there. It doesn't matter if I go over the eye, I'm putting in all the detail later.
Coming up the side of the head and then as I come across, I'm getting much lighter and it's very, very pale once I get past half way down the side of the nose. It's darker to start with and just where you've got detail, just be careful if there are any changes so where, it does get lighter just there, just be aware of where it's getting lighter. Underneath the nose, it comes downwards again.
The skin's coming downwards, so I'm following it down. And then, we've got that line that suggests where the cheek is, where it goes a bit lighter coming around the face, so I'm using my shading coming down now. And then underneath the mouth, it gets much darker in this area here and then I'm going to aim to get lighter over there.
So darker on this side around here, and then coming much lighter as it comes to the left hand side. Lighter at just the nose, absolutely white on that part of the nose where the light's hitting. This eye socket here is light so I don't want to go too dark, just under the eye a little bit darker, a little bit of tone here, and then there's that line again that shows the cheek that comes into that area there.
Darken the nostril, a little bit of tone here, tone here, gets darker at the side of the nose. The lips are darker. The bottom lip here is dark on this side and the top lip is not quite as dark.
Just put it in there because I'm toning the top. It's very light as it comes round here, face coming round, and then the rest of this side of the face is all white. I could shade the whole background in dark, which would make the face stand out really nicely.
I'm going to change my pencil or you can just go and sharpen it. Get another 4B pencil. And I'm going to start making sure it's sharp because see, I'm going to start shading in the direction of the hair that comes, all the hair's coming down.
And then as it comes round here, it gets very, very dark. So I'm going to shade it in much darker. You can do this neatly, you can do it sketchily, it's totally up to you.
You can do it quickly, you can do it slowly. Then the ear, you can tone there. Bit of detail showing there.
And, as importantly, underneath the neck is in shadow there. Just see the collar of the t-shirt. Once yo