Tutorial 1: How to draw a portrait.

Hello people!!!

In my CV, under ‘Hobbies’, one of the things I have listed is Art (drawing and painting). And usually, people are surprised to see that. They ask, “You draw?” and I say “Yes!”

However, the truth is that, apart from my eye-pencil and eye-liner, I haven’t picked up any other pencil to draw something in quite some time… I’m talking in almost two years!! Does this mean I lied in my CV?

So, I made up my mind to do some art work to see if I still remember how to rule a straight line. So I dug out my pencils and my water colours. Sadly, my water colours have turned to rocks from lack of use, so I decided to do some pencil work instead.

I thought it would be cool to turn it into a tutorial class in case any one of you would like to join me. I encourage you to, at least for the fun of it…

You will need:

– A sketch pad.

– Pencils (2B, 3B, 4B, 5B and 8B).

– A charcoal pencil.

– Eraser.

– A large bottle of Jergens lotion.

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Step 1. Pour a generous amount of Jergens in your right hand. Then, gently but firmly, using stroking motions, proceed to ……  (just kidding. That’s a tutorial for another day :-))

The real Step 1. Select a picture that has nice lighting. I picked this picture below because I like the lighting and it covers my ears. I HATE drawing the human ear… my ears never turn out right and in all my portraits, the subject always ends up looking like Frodo. So, if for instance, you hate drawing eyes because they take forever to get right, I suggest you use a picture of yourself or whoever you’re drawing wearing sunglasses.

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Step 2. Just DRAW!! Draw whatever you see… draw lightly in case you make any mistakes so that you can easily erase. Below is a picture of my finished art work.

Notice how I was able to aptly capture my generous bosom and the angle of my ogor.

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I’m kidding!!! Here’s my real work;

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I under-estimated the size of my ogor and I couldn’t fit all of it on the paper… and I didn’t draw my ear 🙁 Whatever!! I promise you, it looks much better in real life and although it doesn’t look exactly like me, I’m quite proud of it. So what do you guys think?

Let me know how yours turned out… 😀

 

15 thoughts on “Tutorial 1: How to draw a portrait.

    • Yeah I draw! Have you forgotten?
      And yes, I cut my hair… but don’t worry, I will package myself and look presentable when the time comes. I have a really nice wig 😉

  1. LOL!!!!!! OMG! Chai. NG! I LIKE THE facT tHat U LiikE THE finIshEd JOb. ONLY ITS LOOkS LiKE A FUTURiISTIC pix. THAT’S How YOU WiLL LOOK LiKe SOMEdAY.

    • LOL!!! My dear, trust me, it looks a bit better in real life (I think)… after over two years! I try na…
      And if I look like this at 50, it won’t be bad at all.
      At least I’ll be helping my kids with their Biology diagrams 🙂

  2. Genius darling, sheer genius. (Ok! I never was much of an artist, I hear billionaires spend millis on such all the time, so understand my conviction)
    Some day this will hang on a wall, right next to a Picasso, being auctioned by Richard Winterton & Jergens’ will be bidding desperately for it.
    Within this picture they may finally find the cipher to the ‘Ogor code’ & finally bring to light…Ngozi’s secret use for Jergens, lost for over a century!

    Me I won’t be around then. So inbox me the Jergens’ thingy 😉

    • Thanks luv 😀
      I’ve got much better things that could hang on walls… definitely not this! I’m not great with portraits cos when they don’t come out like I want, I feel like slitting my wrists 🙁
      Why can’t they find the cipher to the ogor code NOW??!! I’m tired of carrying this thing around…

      ps- wait for the Jergens tutorial!!!

  3. I dare not draw my self.. But urs came out 68/100 bt what do I know about art. AS 4 lesson 1 which was cut short.. U must conclude with. Physical tutorials 😀

  4. Ngor, why is ur blog asking me for email addy? Pls don’t start sending me sex tapes and inappropriate men oh before mr E packs my load for me…lol. I always read ur blog but I have just gathered the courage to comment.lol. Love the portrait, I remember u drawing an amazing self portrait in secondary sch. Keep up with ur art, it’s a gift. Over and out. (dramatic init?) lol

    • Alero Marcel Photography!!! Lol! Notin dey ‘appen… Mr E is sending you NOWHERE!
      Thanks SO much love. It’s crazy that you remember that portrait! Lord knows I had forgotten… and I think that one was even better than this. I was a better artist then. I wonder if it has something to do with me losing my virginity… 🙁
      Under and in.

  5. Right hand? I advocate the two hands. That way you get a menage e trois and nobody gets jealous. 2 birds with one stone.

    Yeah the portrait is nice too. If I had half your gifts, I wouldn’t be working for any man.

    • Two hands?? Are you trying to pull it off??? Nna no be so o…
      And taink you 🙂
      I shouldn’t be trying to work for any man. It’s just that I’m such a lazy artist… and that’s how I know I’m the cause of half my problems, not my village people 🙁

  6. And she draws… u need a lil more practice to get that photo replica thing going but I’m impressed, Me, I’d have traced the outline of ur head and cross hatched the bejesus outta that sweet bubble, with mickey mouse eyes in the appropriate places*shrug*. U of many gifts and shades. Nice.

    • …cross hatched the bejesus outta that sweet bubble, with mickey mouse eyes in the appropriate places???? LOL!!!
      Thanks sweetie 🙂 Yeah I need some practice… used to be much better at it. Too lazy though 🙁

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