These realistic portrait drawings and sketches are a collection of art pieces from super talented artists. If you’re looking for portrait references or inspiration, you’ll definitely find that below.
Along with sharing these portraits, I’ll also be including some of my best tips for drawing realistic portraits.
As always, I’ll be including a link to artists social media account or website. If you enjoy their work, please make sure you support the artist by liking their work on social media, buying their art, etc.
Try Using Colored Pencils or Pastels
Colored pencils and pastels are great tools to use when adding color to a portrait. Pastels can be used to blend and shade artwork. They also deliver rich pigment to your art. Colored pencils can help you enhance your drawing and make cleaner lines.
Practice Drawing Different Parts of The Face
Before you start working on your portrait, I recommend that you practice drawing different parts of the face first. That means take some time out to draw a realistic nose, eyes, mouth, ears, etc.
I have some great references that you can check out below:
- 22 Eye Drawing Ideas and Tutorials
- 22 Girl Hair Drawing Ideas and References
- 22 How to Draw Hair Ideas and Step-by-Step Tutorials
Additionally, below you can see a simple lip study that visually shows you how to draw realistic lips. For more references like this, I highly recommend checking out artist’s Instagram account. You can find the link in the image credit below the photo.
Don’t Be Afraid to Add Color
Depending on the portrait, adding color can really help your art piece stand out. Check out this colorful Taylor Swift portrait for example.
I just love what the artist did with this drawing. If you’d like to see more colorful celebrity portraits like this one, you can find the artist, Jeraj Jain on Instagram.
Practice Drawing Portraits
If you want to improve your portrait drawings, the best thing you can do is practice. Practice won’t make you perfect because there’s no such thing as perfect, but it can make you great at what you do.
For the best results, I recommend sketching for 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If you can sketch daily, that’s even better. And don’t worry about if you can’t sketch for 30 minutes. If all you can spare is 10-15 minutes, that’s better than nothing.
Set aside some time daily for your art, and you will reap the benefits of your hard work.
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