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Fill-In-The-Portrait Drawing Project

Time: 1-2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Graphite Pencils
Photo-Editing Software
White Drawing Paper
Glue Stick
Tortillions/Blending Stumps
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  • Step 1
    Take a portrait-style photograph, ensuring a close-up of the face. Using a photo-editing program, such as Photoshop, convert picture to black and white and print on regular 8-1/2 x 11" paper.
  • Step 2
    Using a ruler, divide the picture into 16 equal squares, 4 wide by 4 tall. Cut out all the pieces.
  • Step 3
    Glue every other piece onto a sheet of white drawing paper. Then, glue the remaining pieces onto a second sheet of white drawing paper. You can either make two projects, or just use the second picture for reference.
  • Step 4
    Using light pencil marks and the second picture for reference, begin filling in the missing squares of the picture.
  • Step 5
    Add additional details and shading, gradually darkening the drawing to match the tone of the picture.
  • Step 6
    Use tortillions and blending stumps to shade areas, and to create shadows and dimension.
  • Step 7
    Finish by building up dark sections.

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