How to Draw Realistic-Looking Beards on Portraits

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If a person has a beard, you're going to need to learn how to draw that beard for the accompanying portrait. Learn how to draw realistic looking beards on portraits with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Jessica and I'm an artist, and today we're going to work on drawing realistic looking beards on portraits. So we've got our man here, right, and we've got his, see now when you're drawing anything that looks realistic you want to draw in a pencil, you really want to start out in pencil and just take your time with it, right, so especially when you're drawing hair you just draw little lines that basically all pile together to create the look that you're trying to go for. So as you can see I'm taking my time drawing the eyebrows here to give you an idea and that's going to carry on into the portrait. So here we go, there's the eyes and it's a little hard to draw a realistic looking portrait with a marker but I'm going to do my best for you guys. So here's the nose, the nose comes in like that, comes down and around and then we've got, often times with beard there will be a mustache that accompanies it so just take your time again and take your pencil and just shade in lightly where the facial hair is going to go. The mustache generally will come down like that around the mouth and connect with the beard which starts up almost by the ear area and comes down and it's going to come down on each side pretty symmetrically on the same each side there, it's going to look almost the same. Let's bring down the beard and color in the bottom of the face, the mustache comes down and leaves a little bit of area here for the mostly the bottom lip, the top lip is usually kind of covered up by the mustache and depending on this, how thick the mustache is in the beard, there's usually this kind of piece underneath the lip that connects to it and then brings down the hair to cover the chin. You can keep bushing out the beard as much as you like, bring it off of the chin if you like and even more if it's a really super bushy beard and just keep adding hair until you get your full beard, your desired effect and then you are done. I think this beard is just about finished and here you go. That is how you draw realistic looking beards on portraits, have fun.


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