In this article you will discover a method to realize a hyperrealist portrait. To paint a portrait hyperrealist and resembling demands at the same time of the precision of the rigor, the patience and also a know-how. To achieve this there are several techniques.

Depending on your level in drawing, you can choose to make a hand drawing or use a grid.You must acquire as much accuracy as possible, and absolutely avoid any drawing errors that could ruin everything. You must take into account the lighting, framing and inspire you with the best photo. Indeed it is simpler to choose a photograph as a model, because you may spend several tens of hours, see hundreds of hours to get to the details and get the sharpest renderings.


In this article, you will discover a technique to paint hyperrealistic portraits, I will show you in video how to paint a baby’s face from a photograph with a point by point method. Thanks to this technique, you will not have any more need to take each part back to paint the details, because you will learn how to work the table area by zone, on small surfaces.

This article is part of a section of hyperrealist portrait articles. I showed you a first method to make your first hyperrealist portraits. If you have not seen it, discover how to do it by clicking here.

If you are passionate about drawing and painting and want to paint hyperrealist canvases, you probably think it’s a job that is not for you, and given the complexity you think you’ll never go there arrive.

You’ve already tried to make a hyperrealist painting, and you’ve probably noticed that you had trouble painting all the elements and finally, you can not make all the effects you want, for lack of time and lack patience. Sometimes you can not see what’s left to paint, and you do not know where to start. You’re scattered, and the details are the longest things to do …


In this article, you will discover techniques to make your first portraits, with a fairly simple method. Achieving a portrait is not necessarily obvious when you do not have much experience in drawing, and you have probably heard a everywhere the realization of a portrait is very technical, and a hyper-realistic portrait is almost impossible to do. Today I will prove the opposite, and show you that all these are ideas received.

When you start a portrait, you can make mistakes of proportions or make a portrait that is not at all similar, which brings a lot of despair and discouragement. I speak knowingly, I have encountered this type of problem.

At first, my portraits were rigid, disproportionate, and without expression. After several years, I put in place different techniques, and with the daily practice of drawing and painting, I finally found shortcuts, and tips to get to get the likeness and make beautiful drawings.


The portrait is probably the hardest exercise in painting. I repeat it constantly. It is necessary to find the good colors, the good gradations, a just modeled, and especially a drawing well finished. All this requires experience and some mastery.

Observe, Roland realizes an African woman’s face, in a simple and fast way, without seeking the detail and the precision, to better concentrate on the colors, and the placement of the shades and lights.

“I realize my graphite pencil drawing HB. My drawing is precise. After having defined a meaning to my light (it comes from the right), I place my shadows directly. It is a mixture of yellow ocher, burnt umber and red ocher. I place some shadows very much in the burnt shadows. ”


“Then I put my middle color on the rest of the face, overflowing on my shadows. It is a mixture of orange, yellow ocher, and red ocher and white. I add on the reliefs of the face hanging more light (cheekbone, nose, nostril, lower lip, forehead) a lighter value made of the same mixture with more white and a hint of medium yellow. The upper lip is made of medium color with a hint of red. Then I refine my painting by redrawing my features (shadows of the nostrils, contours of the eyes, between lips, ear) with a finer and more precise shadow. The eyes are painted with a creamy tone for the whiteness of the eye and shadows burned for the pupil.

“I then refine my lights as for the shadows, with more precision. I make a slight fade between all these values, but not too much. The key is to get a fair modeling. Then I place a small shadow under the upper eyelids and precise eyelashes that outline the eye area. I refine my eyebrows.

I add a few highlights to give shine to my face (tip of the nose, forehead, lower lip and upper lip contour, cheekbones). Ultimate detail that gives life to the face: the tiny shine of brightness on the pupil and the white of the eye, which I realize not with a pure white, but slightly broken. ”

“And to finish my portrait, I paint the headscarf around the neck and head, to put on stage this pretty face of a young African woman.”