Learning to draw a portrait
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.