Drawing portraits requires study and much practicing. However, pick up a pencil and an eraser and just start drawing a head with its face from a photo, a magazine picture, or any face which you find on any printed publication.

My mother and I have had more fun drawing faces. We laughed a lot. The faces we drew went from horror to comedy. We were laughing so hard tears were rolling down our cheeks.

The eyes were uneven, the noses were distorted, the ears were unrecognizable, and the lip expressions were hysterically stretched or pinched into various shapes. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile experience. We learned we needed to take drawing lessons. We have a great time drawing portraits for acrylic painting.

The funniest is to draw and paint teeth. Have you done this? You truly do not want to draw the line which separates each tooth.

Each of us has discovered our weaknesses. It was discovered that eyebrows and eyelashes are rather tricky. Noses are difficult. Ears; we are still learning how to draw ears.

You will need to practice drawing and painting portraits everyday in order to sharpen your skills. Drawing your own portraits will have you creating original works. Learning how to use your brushes is critical.

We are drawing portraits for acrylic painting. We love these paints for many reasons:

  • They have three uses: watering coloring, as is, or oil painting illusion.
  • These paints are non-toxic.
  • The paints can be thinned with water.
  • These paints are very affordable.
  • Acrylic prepared paper and canvas are readily available.
  • Easy cleanup
  • Easy to mix and blend colors in shades and tones you desire.
  • There are glitter acrylic paints.
  • Acrylic paints are easy to apply.

As we applied our acrylic paints, it is wonderful that this liquid tint can be applied as a watercolor as this gives you permission to try the colors you want to use in your portrait. You may find yourself truly appreciating the versatility of these paints.

The thin layer of paint can be spread over your pencil marks which allow you to see your markings until you paint these selected areas. If you do not like the color it can be repainted with another.

When pleased with your color selections you may then begin to layer your paints as desired or needed.

As you take sketching lessons and prepare yourself for drawing portraits for acrylic painting you will have much fun and enjoyment with endless opportunities to paint as there are many faces in the world.

Learn portrait painting today. Visit the hobbies section of Tricia Deed at http://www.Infotrish.vpweb.com and review Portrait Painting With Acrylic & Oil Paint.

Source Ezine by Tricia Deed

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