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Tips for Drawing Self-Portraits - Master the art of art

Drawing a self-portrait is considered to be one of the toughest things to do as a beginner artist or even as a professional. Here are a few things you must keep in mind if you are going to be attempting drawing your self-portrait.


Start the portrait with a light sketch

When you are attempting to draw a portrait of yourself make sure you start with a very light outline. You might think you know the proportions of your face pretty well but when you actually sit and take a closer look at the human face you will realise that the eyes are not as close to the head as you thought they were. In fact, the eyes are about halfway in between the crown of your head and your chin. When you are creating a self-portrait you must get the major features first drawn in lightly and create a foundation drawing so you can add in your various details and features later. If you follow this method you will be able to erase any mistakes affecting the detailing that you will create later.


Adding shadows and smudging them

A great way to make any portrait look professional it to add shadows to it. Even when you are adding shadows to your self-portrait, make sure you tread lightly. To have a realistic and the professional output of the shadow effects you must use a smuggling tool or use your fingers. Regardless of what you use to create your self-portrait creating a shadow like this will make it easier for you to clean up if you make a mistake with your portrait. If you need some inspiration before you start drawing on portrait you can take a look at this category of Sri Lanka art that can be found in places such as the Sri Lankan Art Gallery.


The final details will conclude your portrait

After you have created the foundation and the outline it is time to add in the details. You must remember to do the shading before you get to the fine details. Take time and slowly fill in the spaces that can be found near the eyes and lips and try to add more shadow to add balance to the neck so your face does not look like it is floating in mid-air. Regardless of how great you are at sketching or drawing the final minute details are the ones which really make a portrait stand out among others. If you feel adventurous you could also add some colour to define detailing in the end.


Choosing a good frame

Regardless of how great your self-portrait is if you do not choose a good frame to outline your artwork you will be spoiling and undermining all the great work you have done. Therefore, you must choose a frame that complements your art and the colours you have used in your portrait well. If you have drawn a simple Black and White charcoal sketch then a black frame is the way to go.

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