Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lesson #7 Grid Drawing of Keira Knightley continued


Keira Knightley makes a good model for grid drawing. You may review Lesson #6 to see how we made a grid for this drawing.

Now we erase all grid lines until we see a clean sketch – no lines.

Keeping the original magazine picture of Keira Knightley close by, begin carefully drawing in hair with the tip of a pencil. You don’t need to do this exactly like the picture because hair always moves around anyway!


Lightly begin to darken the lips, shadow under neck, and variations of skin tones with the tip of your pencil.


Shape a point on a kneaded eraser. A kneaded eraser feels kind of like clay because it is soft and you can mush it into different shapes, pull it, roll it into a ball. It never leaves crumbs on your artwork. Use it to “pick up” or remove pencil marks off your drawing to make highlights, little areas where bright light shines like on the tip of a nose or a twinkle in an eye.

Darken the eyebrows. Always keep looking at the magazine picture so you get it right!


Lightly shade under the eyes and continue on the neck. With the kneaded eraser lighten the line at the top of the lip.


Darken the lips more and add a dark line under the bottom lip. Darken the eyes. Use a shading stump to begin blending and smoothing the pencil strokes on the neck. A blending stump is a pointed tool made of soft paper.


Or use a Q-tip to blend. I like to use my finger. Pick up some pencil strokes right next to the shadow on the neck.


Pick up some pencil to make highlights on her bottom lip. Look at the picture very carefully. Start making top and bottom eyelashes. You may add more shading on her lids just like putting on makeup eyeshadow.

Keep adjusting, erasing, redrawing, until you get it the way you like it. I didn’t make her hair dark here but you can add more pencil and blending to make the hair on your drawing darker.

And don’t forget to sign your name!



4 comments:

Prairie Home-Sherry said...

Just Beautiful!!!!!
Love the Art Lesson on your Blog!!!
Very Clever!!!!
Smiles...Sherry

Mara Mattia said...

Thanks Sherry! I hope they come across in a clear way.

ronald said...

love the shading shes so beautiful to me making tiny squares is very hardwork non like one inch

Mara Mattia said...

Thanks for your comment, Ronald. Yes, using tiny squares is very hard - very time-consuming. But it is very helpful in training the eye so the portrait you're drawing looks like your subject! Soon your eye will automatically perceive accurately without the aid of squares.