Andy Leslie’s gallery is truly an amazing sight. His realistic portrait
pencil drawings are simply stunning. The theme of Elvis Presley pencil
drawings is probably one of the best I can imagine.
We all know Elvis and therefore can see how awesomely well he captures his face features and expressions. These realistic drawings truly look like photos!
Drawing realistic portraits of people may be quite a challenge. Most of us are drawing them from photos because that is one of the easiest ways, yet not everyone is able to capture the very essence of the portrait.
Human face has a very specific set of characteristics. Someone can learn and master those just by intuition and a little practice, while others need to study the proportions, dimensions and shapes like math.
In portrait drawings, if you make a slight mistake, a wrong pencil stroke on critically important place, it may completely affect the entire portrait. Those subtle strokes and lines, those super tiny details are the most important factors.
Did you know that every face is defined by the following 3 features?
If you get these three done right, then the rest of the face – even if
you make some slight mistakes – will look like the person’s true
If the portrait you draw is someone famous, like a musician, a celebrity or a historical figure, then it is even bigger challenge because everyone knows the face, and the judgment can be severe…
…if you make any small mistake, everyone can recognize that almost instantly, so the audience pressure for “perfection” is even harder. But let’s not slip into that useless “pressure cooker”. This website is not a drawing competition or perfection and no pressure is required.
We all want to feel at ease and relaxed. We are learning how to draw here. It is also very natural that not all drawings or sketches would look like a photocopy, and that is the beauty.
As Andy Leslie often comments on himself, he is still learning the art of realistic drawing. We can all see the significant progress on each of his portrait drawings.
If you are portrait drawing enthusiast, or you just want to learn how to
draw portraits, Andy’s page may be a perfect place to observe the
details on these drawings.
I believe you can get a lot of inspiration from his awesome artwork and apply those experiences to your own portrait drawings.
I was asked if I would do a portrait of Elton for a charity Auction and this is how it turned out.
This is a coloured pencil drawing, my reference photo was in black and white and thought id see if I could do it in colour, I think its my best one so far. I've called it Angel.
Coloured pencil Drawing, I've done this one for an Elvis exhibition in Scarborough
After learning to draw more Realistically for 14 months I'm now learning to draw with coloured pencils, this is my third attempt.
My second drawing with coloured pencils, I've learned a lot about how to use the pencils with this drawing, I think the left side of the jacket is better than the right as I got better at using the pencils as I went along.
Been learning to draw more realistically for 14 months now and this is my first one ever with colored pencils
My first drawing this year, been drawing for 14 months now learning to draw more realistically
First time drawing John Lennon in my attempts to draw more realistically
Been drawing for 11 months now this is my latest Elvis drawing
My latest drawing is of Daisy Ridley from Star Wars. More practice in my attempt to draw more Realistically
learning to draw more realistically
Learning to draw more realistically No.17
My 16th drawing of Elvis in my attempt to draw more realistic portraits
Been learning to draw more realistically for about 10 months now and people say this is my most realistic yet.
My latest drawing of Elvis has gone to live in The Rock & Roll House Benidorm
Latest portrait of Elvis, learning to draw more Realistic portraits.
Latest learning project, trying to draw more realistically
Over the past 6 months I've been learning how to draw portraits more realistically, I think I'm starting to get better.
Been trying to learn to draw more realistically
Trying to get better at realistic drawing
My second attempt at drawing leather
Trying to learn to draw more realistically, think I'm starting to get better.
Trying to get more realistic with my drawing
I'm trying to draw more realistically
I'm trying to get more realistic with my drawing, this is my second attempted.
Not drawn for about 10 years, this is my first attempt and would like to learn more about drawing.
A drawing of the Elvis tribute Artist Gordon Hendricks. This is my first attempt at drawing leather.
I'm trying to draw portraits more realistically, I think they are starting to get better.
I'm learning to draw more realistically
Learning to draw more realistically