Drawing a little girl's face is not all that difficult. You just need a picture and some patience, and the results can be breathtaking.
- Select an image. Put it on a powerpoint slide and make a square grid on it with horizontal row markings with alphabet and vertical column markings with numbers.
- Copy the outlines of the image onto your paper by making a similar grid on paper and using the powerpoint slide as a guide.
- Start with the eyes, as eyes are often the defining feature of a sketch
- Draw the cheek contours, following the parent image as a guideline
- Fill in other details, such as the hair and chin etc.
- Complete the hair strands on all sides and correct for shades to make the sketch look three-dimensional
- Spend sufficient amount of time in making the backbone of the sketch by focusing on the outlines. This will make sure that the image doesn't look disproportionate.
- Check for shades as you progress.
- Use a good sketching pencil set. For most light tones, use an HB or 2B pencil. For hair and irises, use 4B or 6B.
- You will not get the sketches looking life-like in one go. So, have patience and keep trying. You'll improve with time
- For soft tone areas (like the forehead and cheeks), use cotton or your finger for shading
- Watch for smudges because of lead powder sticking on your hands as you sketch. Wash your hands intermittently to prevent such accidental smudges
Things You'll Need
- A good sketch book. Paper thicker than 200 gsm is recommended
- A good sketch pencil set (preferably in the range HB to 8B)
- A good ruler
- Computer with powerpoint enabled
- A target image (you may gift such sketches to your family/friends too by making them from their photos)