Portrait Drawing

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Richmond Agamelah
Richmond Agamelah is a contemporary artist born in Accra - Ghana (West Africa) in 1989. He studied at GHANATTA College of Art and Design. Agamelah’s interest and focus initially was landscape, which later transitioned into progressive portrait painting. This evolved into a unique, energetic, expressive rendition of portraits in oils and acrylics on canvas. Many of Agamelah’s works adorn homes and offices in Ghana. He has participated in various exhibitions locally. Richmond Agamelah states: The only voice I probably have in society is my paint and brush. I hope to create awareness and to help address matters both locally and globally.
SKU: NP-73253-82-2-1-1 Category:

85 x 101.5 cm


Arcylic on Canvas


On wooden stretcher


Original Painting, Small cards (10,5 x 14,8 cm ), Small cards (14,8 x 14,8 cm), Large cards (14,8 x 21 cm), Large cards (21 x 21 cm)

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Portrait Drawing

What is Portrait Drawing


Since human beings are fascinating entities, drawing their portraits can be captivating for advanced professionals and beginners. When it comes to drawing a portrait, there are several factors an artist needs to consider before drawing an awkward-looking face. The portraiture is not just an emotion, which reveals facial features but also comprises technicalities behind sketching an accurate portrait. Before delving into the several possibilities of drawing portraiture, build a profound understanding of light, form, and value. Knowing how to construct an individual’s head and its specification is pivotal to developing convincing portraits. 

Portraits are compelling and persuasive when they put light on the characteristics of a person. A fascinating and distinctive portrait is a person’s visual representation and reveals the essence of the individual. What it might reveal is not entirely apparent as sometimes the portrait can be smartly implied through specific poses or expressions, the artist’s color use, and an included object. Instinctive portraiture draws viewers into the painting, captivates them, and engages their attention. In such a way, a portrait can become one’s biography, narrating an unknown story. 

In a portrait, the artist crafts visual clues to convey the person’s story, revealing a sitter’s place and their occupations and hobbies in society.


Factors which bring depth to portrait drawing


What affects a painting or drawing is a couple of essential complementing things: understanding the theory behind techniques involves learning them. A similar issue arises when an artist learns the techniques involved in portrait drawing but does not focus on the factors that add depth. Since each artist has a unique style, several vital principles can make the entire process of carrying out a portrait easier and more transparent. Such characteristics can apply against any medium involved in portrait drawing, such as colored pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal sticks, pastel pencils, etc.

  • Precision – Drawing precisely through observation is known as precision. It makes a portrait look more realistic with an enormous level of depth.
  • Brightness Values – Such a factor determines the lightness and darkness, creating 3D illusions on a 2D surface.
  • Contrast – Contrast complements the brightness of a portrait. Furthermore, contrast also produces several effects, such as saturation, hue, edges, and texture.
  • Edges – In a self-portrait drawing, one of the essential factors is how an artist draws edges. They can either be soft or sharp, depending on the texture and distance of an object. 
  • Transitions – Changes in a surface or an object are known as transitions. They can either be in colors, values, or shades, texture, temperature, or edges. 


Pencil Portraits Overview


Portraiture illustrates and explains every stage of portrait drawing. An artist needs to be familiar with every development stage, from outlining initial tones to sketching subtle textures and tones. Since a portrait has endless features, specifications, and factors involved, understanding the elementary basics behind drawing a nose, eyes, mouth, or ears is vital. Every feature has a fair share of challenges, which requires analytical understanding.

While sketching head portions, calculate the face’s position and shape and measure the head size. If you follow these essential proportion rules, you can add a significant depth to the figurative art.


What Makes a Good Self-portrait Drawing? 


Drawing a self-portrait is not only challenging but also requires a considerable amount of finesse. Here is a rundown of all the tips you need to know before getting started.

  • Perform a preliminary drawing initially.

Before pouring colors to the canvas, it is advisable to perform preliminary rounds. Such an exercise will keep the proportions right and enable you to perform the required changes. Make sure to mark the space between the eyes, mouth’s edges, and ears’ alignment to the eyebrows.

  • Lighting is vital.

Lighting helps in building the contrast. For self-portrait drawing, place a light next to your head but a little above to produce the right amount of shadows across the face.

  • Try different expressions.

One of the considerable angles in figurative art is expressions. As an artist, it is essential to pick the right expression to portray a human characteristic. For such an activity, take a camera, click multiple pictures of different expressions, and select the one you want to draw a portrait. 


The Power of the Self-Portrait 


Self-portraits hold a specific fascination; viewers look into an artist’s eyes just like they looked through their own. Even if portraits are not necessarily about emotions, they are a mirror to redirect your focus. Instead of capturing what’s around, a portrait can allow you to capture what’s within. Just like Frida Kahlo chose to represent herself in her portraitures through the expressions of sadness, pain, and loneliness, you can choose to illustrate the same.

The power of a self-portrait is that you can not hide in it. Such art is an effective way to understand and express what you are and have been feeling. Self-portraits control the narrative and act like a sheet of self-analysis. 


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