Learn to draw portrait Lena Duchannes

Learn to draw portrait Lena Duchannes from a novel, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I came across this title when I was looking for some new novel that involves some sort of witches. It has a lot of good review so I bought it. After I read about half way thru I realize this is a bit too young for my taste. It has interesting supporting characters and set up, but I could care less about the romance. “Beautiful Creatures” is a Southern Gothic yarn that takes place north of Charleston in the fictional town of Gatlin, where the pie is always made from scratch, the porch gossip spreads like wildfire and the secrets are heavier than the accents. The story is interesting enough but it never grabbed me by the throat and demanded that I keep reading. I think, mostly, this was because the pacing was off. ! major movie based on the novel is set to hit the big screen next month. The buzz surrounding the film is very high. Anyway, I decided to sketch a portrait base on the actress who will be in the film, Alice Englert.
Lena Duchannes is one of the two main protagonist of Beautiful Creatures series. Throughout the series, she maintains a rocky relationship with Ethan, but the two always manage to overcome whatever obstacles come in their way. She was born a Caster or witch; a powerful being with supernatural abilities and strong powers. She is a rare type of Caster known as a Natural; an extremely rare type of Caster who is far more powerful and stronger than regular Caster.

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Below are step by step how to draw portrait of Lena Duchannes. I usually start with an egg shape drawing, very old school and traditional and it quick for me. On this one I am going to angle it a bit so the face will be three quarter. Step one, imagine a flat plane on front surface of an egg, think in three dimension, then draw two vertical lines along the edge of your imaginary plane. After that, draw a vertical line to split the flat plane in half from top to bottom. Then draw a horizontal line to divide the top and bottom distance in half. This horizontal line would be where humans eyes should be, they are usually right in the middle of the face horizontally. Step two, Now, I draw the eyes, it should no be taller than the distance of the top and bottom horizontal lines that I added on to the first horizontal. I draw the corner of both eyes in relation to the first eye’s indication line. Also the distance between the two eyes should equal one eye. So when you draw, imagine there is an invisible eye in between them. Then I begin to draw the nose and lips.  Step three, I now focus on the facial feature.  Step four, I then start to add some hair to her face.  Step five, I draw more hair and her top.  Step six, now I focus on shaping her face using light and shadow or gray scale.  If you are interested in drawing portrait in dept like a professional go check out how to draw face.

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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