Realistic Portraits of People from Photos

Drawing realistic portraits of people from photos is challenging but very rewarding. While I've always been able to draw realisically, my professional drawing career began in 2012 with a graphite portrait of my daughter. I enjoy drawing in public (it's a great conversation starter) and soon people were ordering portraits of their own.

My goal is to make the portrait more beautiful than the photograph. I went to a couple of workshops in Colorado and was introduced to the blendable, velvety richness of charcoal, which is now my medium of choice. I've found that the precise placement and careful rendering of each detail can mean the difference between a portrait of a person and a portrait of your specific person. I keep beauty and accuracy in mind during the entire process.

Gallery

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"Dominic," Charcoal, 2013

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"Kassy's Grandson," Charcoal, 2013

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"Engaged," Charcoal, 2014

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"Maddy," Charcoal, 2013

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"Sweethearts," Charcoal, 2015

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"Mother & Daughter," Charcoal, 2013

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"Swinging," Charcoal, 2014

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"Emma," Charcoal, 2013 - My daughter's friend sent home a photo and asked if I would draw her. I sent this to school the next day.

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"Portrait Study of an Old Man," Charcoal, 2013 - I (and a bunch of other people) drew this as a student in a workshop taught by J.D. Hillberry

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"Boy in a Plaid Shirt," Charcoal, 2015

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"Addy," Charcoal, 2014

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"Taylor Siblings," Charcoal, 2013

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"Brothers," Charcoal, 2013

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"Mother & Son," Charcoal 2013

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