Sketch by Jeffrey Appiatu as part of his portrait drawing process. Stage7. Courtesy Artist
Portrait drawing deserves a lot of patience. Besides trying to render the sitter’s features, the effort to capture mood and emotions makes drawing portraits very time consuming. Jeffrey Appiatu’s recent portrait of a woman allows an insight into his portrait drawing techniques and how to draw portraits. The charcoal and graphite on Canson paper reveals the delicate skills and sensitivity that goes into portrait drawing. It took 95 steps to complete. From the preliminary sketch to the finished work, the painstaking effort of portrait drawing is revealed. Here, we present a few of the step by step of Appiatu’s portrait drawing techniques, and approach to pencil drawings. For Appiatu, portrait drawing deserves patience and skills. Appiatu is a member of the Art Drawings, a Facebook group that provides portrait drawing tips for young artists. You can view more of his works on Instagram and Facebook.
Jeffrey Appiatu is a 20 year old Ghanaian pencil artist. He specializes in the genre of hyper and emotional realism. Jeffrey began drawing portraits in 2011. He derives his inspiration from his mentor Kelvin Okafor. Jeffrey uses charcoal, graphite and black colored pencils to produce his works. His aim is to get his works to be featured in art galleries worldwide and to create an emotional connection between the viewer and the artwork.
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