The fundamentals to make a charcoal portrait
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Amit Kumar Meena is a rad educator for charcoal painting
-Before trying to start shading your portrait, make sure your portrait is proportionate.
- You can use grid method to make the outline of your portrait
- Make sure to give it ample number of hours
2) Shading from one direction
- Instead of shading everything at once, choose a direction.
- You can shade from top to bottom or left to right, if you’re using grids, this is prove to be very helpful.
3) Layering- light to dark
- In hyper realistic portraits, the depth of layers makes the portrait hyper realistic.
- while shading, keep in mind to start shading very lightly
- Gradually start making the darker details my shading over the first layer of powder
4) Divide your time wisely
- Hyperrealism art usually takes a lot of time, so don’t try to do it in one go.
- Try to capture all the possible details and for this to happen, you’ll have to be really patient
- Give yourself time limit to finish a piece of art and divide it according to your schedule. You can exceed the time if required but don’t try to finish your art quickly.
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