Drawing a character with a pencil
Drawing people in pencil is an exciting and fun task.
In fact, these drawings are possible with just a 2-B pencil, an eraser, paper, and a blending tool. I drew my children in pencil this time. I drew a daughter who has just lost her front tooth and a son who is now a college student.
When you draw a person, you find that the age, personality, and energy of the person are so different. Being able to discover these things is an advantage of drawing people. Personally, I recommend that people who want to draw for the first time as an artist should try drawing portraits first. Because characters are very challengable to draw, but once you master it, you will get used to catching the energy in the character and expressing it. In other words, this means that you have the ability to draw invisible energies. Once you pass this step, you will find that landscapes, still lifes, and any other painting become very easy. As hard as it is to draw portraits, it is worth conquering.
The first objects humans drew were animals. Bison were painted on the walls of the cave in a shamanistic way to pray for abundance and to be able to hunt a lot. It took about 40,000 years for the subjects of such paintings to pass from animals to humans. In other words, it also means that drawing a character is not easy.
When I teach students through low-passage classes, I hear the most sighs when drawing portraits. I fully understand that part. It's not easy for me to draw portraits as well, as I'm taking painting as a job. This is because objects and landscapes can express beauty even if they do not resemble each other, but a character must portray the energy of that person as it is to be evaluated as being the same person. That's why when we draw someones portrait, no matter how much we draw eyes, nose, and mouth in the same proportions, even if we use tracing, we can't hear the resemblance. That's why I love to draw portraits. Because a person's face contains that person's energy as it is, I believe that portraying that person's energy is a portrait work.
A person who smiles well has well-developed mouth muscles and wrinkles around the eyes. Even through the eyes, you can guess what the person is thinking and living. A person's personality can be predicted just by their pose or the direction of their hair. When I draw portraits, I am surprised and amazed at the energy that people themselves have. So, drawing portraits is always fun.
In the vast realm of painting, few artistic endeavors possess the transformative power and expressive potential of portrait painting. It is a captivating art form that delves into the complexities of human emotions, personalities, and connections. With each stroke of the brush, portrait painting unveils a deeper world of artistry, inviting both the artist and the viewer to embark on a profound journey of exploration and understanding.
ortrait painting, more than any other genre, calls upon the artist to truly see and connect with their subjects. It challenges the artist to capture not only the physical likeness but also the essence of the person being depicted. Through careful observation and skillful execution, the artist must explore the subject's character, emotions, and inner world. It is in this exploration that the artist themselves embark on a profound journey of self-discovery and artistic growth.
Portrait painting, with its ability to delve beneath the surface and capture the essence of individuals, is a gateway to a deeper world of painting. It invites both the artist and the viewer to engage in a profound exploration of emotions, personalities, and connections. The power of portraits lies in their capacity to evoke empathy, connect people across time and culture, and serve as mirrors that reflect our shared human experience.
As artists continue to embark on the journey of portrait painting, they unlock their own potential for growth, self-discovery, and artistic evolution. Through their creations, they immortalize the beauty, depth, and complexity of the human spirit. Let us celebrate the transformative power of portrait painting and embrace the invitation it extends to us all—to discover the profound world within and beyond the canvas.
Myungja Anna Koh