Learn­ing to draw a por­trait

Matamata Chronicle - - Conversations - ABBY BROWN

There aren’t many of us who haven’t picked up a pen­cil and some­body’s photo and tried to draw it.

Un­for­tu­nately, most of us aren’t able to carry it any fur­ther for rea­sons such as ‘‘I wish I had the tal­ent’’, ‘‘I wish I had the time’’ or ‘‘all I want is for some­one to start me off’’.

Ac­cord­ing to Whanga­mata por­trait artist Chris Cartwright it’s ac­tu­ally a fairly straight­for­ward thing to do.

‘‘Good draw­ing splits neatly into two — ob­tain­ing an ac­cu­rate im­age and learn­ing to con­trol the ma­te­ri­als.’’

Cartwright drew us­ing char­coal, chalk and pas­tel.

He could com­plete a por­trait free­hand from a photo or start with a live sit­ting and fin­ish it from a photo.

He said he doesn’t need a grid and doesn’t trace photos as he fol­lowed a few sim­ple rules care­fully.

In the sec­ond of two work­shops he will be of­fer­ing in­struc­tion on com­par­a­tive draw­ing with the Mata­mata Arts So­ci­ety on June 18.

Num­bers are lim­ited to eight adults and book­ings need to be made by June 13. Ring Mar­garet Dwyer on 07 888 4955 to book for the work­shop at the Tower Gallery from 9.30am to 3.30pm.


Chris Cartwright drew this por­trait of his grand­son An­gus over the course of ten or twelve hours.

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