How to Draw an Accurate Sketch Every Time | Trying Tutorials

[Music] Good morning Good afternoon Good evening everybody, Hi I’m Leah welcome to Leah Bee Art, my art channel, this is a new series I’m trying out called trying tutorial’s. I take many tutorials mostly from YouTube and I give them a go and I share the results with you guys I share my thoughts my pros and cons things I think could help, things that I did and I share my whole process of me following the tutorial and hopefully it will help you guys out as well. In this video I’m going to be following Kirsty Partridge Art Get an ACCURATE Sketch Every Time with this TECHNIQUE its five-step process as detailed in her video what I’ll do is I’ll link it in the description below for this tutorial I put I chose, blurb! For this tutorial I chose picture of Margot Robbie turn it into grayscale in Photoshop and then printed it on an a4 piece of paper portrait the sketch was done on an a4 piece of paper which is really important because your drawing paper should be the exact same size as your reference so this to work you can’t have it large or smaller I think when you’re starting out it’s better to have it the same size as well because it just helps with proportions and translating the image onto your drawn media this is the outcome now on to the tutorial. Here we go with the tutorial don’t forget I have linked this tutorial below in the comments so you guys can have a look at Kirstie Partridge Art’s youtube account and give this a go yourselves first thoughts was I was pretty skeptical going into this because I’m not actually sure why to be honest I was like oh it just seemed so simple and like too simple when things sound too good to be true I’m like hmm skeptical skeptical Leah is skeptical so anyway I went into this a bit skeptical and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out now I have a list of pros and cons that I have here but this is as I said this is a five step process and the five steps are inking the reference as you can see I’ve sort of drawn lines around the hairline and the bits of the hair and the nose because I couldn’t really differentiate it properly from the rest of the skin so that’s step one step two is obviously placing all the dots the key points on the reference which I put a lot on because I’ve never done this before and I thought it’s better to have more than you need, than to have less and think oh crap I could have made that really good by just putting a bit more effort into the preliminary stages so I went to town and I added, what I think is quite a lot for the different points in the hair and the face obviously mostly because this is pretty much just her face I mean there is no detail in the clothing or anything on her arm so I mean apart from the hair obviously but I did that separately I didn’t want to put dots everywhere I did I did put her face anyway so step three which is what I’m doing now this is measuring the points onto the drawing paper with a ruler, now this is the point where I was sort of getting a bit confused at some some stages because I couldn’t remember which points I’d plotted and which ones I hadn’t so a couple of them might I accidentally measured a couple of times and then I miss a couple as well and you’ll see when I’m actually doing the sketch I missed one and then I accidentally forgot a line typical me and that was after I’d erased the reference point so you’ll see that later so basically yeah I’m just using the ruler to measure from the top and the left-hand side to place the dots I mean the more dots I’m placing one of her tips was to try and use your eyes to gauge where the next point would go a couple of times I’ve got a spot on and then a couple of times I was way off, like way off so I think maybe that’s something that you could work on with this technique is to try and plot points by eye As you can see that was a bit of a moment where I was like, what? [Music] so anyway pros and cons to this, to this technique now the pros definitely definitely definitely lives up to its claim of being an accurate sketch no doubt and you’ll be able to see obviously you’ve seen the result already however you’ll see me go through it and how how easy it actually is to sketch between the points which I, I didn’t realize how easy it would be, so I definitely think this is a technique to give a go at least once, but in my opinion I think you’re gonna have to do this a few times to get the hang of it and Kirstie does say the more you do it the less points you’ll probably need which i think is true the more the so for example if you do more portraits you’re good you’re just gonna naturally pick up where things sit proportions the nose the lips where it’s sits in proportion to the nose and the eyes where it’s sits in proportion to the nose and you know where the eyebrows are and ears and all that you’re gonna you’re just gonna pick it up the more you do, so I think this technique is is definitely definitely definitely something everyone should try if you’re struggling to get an accurate base sketch I mean this this is, this is used for four bases I mean you could sort of tidy it up a bit but I mean why would you want just an outline sketch of a reference you’re probably going to do you know use this as a base for I don’t know I did write this down somewhere [do do do] oh yeah painting realistic graphic portrait color pencils or pencil portraits and that sort of brings me onto my first con for this part so the first four steps no the first three steps actually took me a grand total of 50 minutes now the first three steps are ink the reference which is just the lines plot the key points and then measuring the key points onto the paper that whole process not even the sketch took me 50 minutes so I think by the end of this i was like bloody hell this has taken a long time as you can see there like oh now I’m moving on to the sketch this is step four use key points to yeah use the key points as guidance for the sketch which is what I want to know this bit only took me 30 minutes so yeah the first con I was on about by it was taught me fifty minutes just to plot essentially plot points and then translate them if you were doing this as I said for like oh this base sketch is for painting graphite blah blah blah if this was a commission say you’d got someone’s, a picture of someone’s dog or a couples picture or whatever, if you were essentially gonna do like a hand-drawn version of their image the quickest and easiest way to get your base sketch would be just to trace the image because you want an accurate representation and you don’t really want to spend an hour and a half drawing the sketch to then spend hours and hours and hours actually working on the color or the shading or anything like that Kirstie’s actually got another video that’s absolutely brilliant which details about tracing and how it’s not a taboo subject at all but that is a whole rant for another video another Pro which I think I’ve discussed already if you’re if you’re not confident drawing freehand it really helps if you want to draw freehand of course and it’s a technique that you can build on as Kirstie set so as you you know get better with it you improve your hand-eye coordination which is what drawings all about really translating from real life onto the paper so I’d already mentioned this con but basic I kept forgetting which points I’d plotted in which I hadn’t it’s oh but that’s probably more of a me thing than anything because I’m heading the clouds and through the rest of it another con which i think is just a me thing is I was very handed on the heavy-handed with the dots so they were pretty stubborn to get out I think if I had a precision eraser or something like that it would have been better to get rid of them rather than quite the chunky eraser that I was using so I think that’s just a me thing again and I think I’ll end on the final pro which I I believe it is actually as straightforward as she claims it to be as I said before I was skeptical and to be honest this actually does work as you can see from my results I think this is an amazing technique and I think for me to improve my drawing I will be using this because even though I’ve been drawing for donkey’s years and I’ve done University and blah blah blah you know it didn’t build my confidence with drawing at all whereas this actually did and I feel like I could draw this a few times and may even try and do it without the key points eventually because it will train my hands and my eyes to see where the points are on the reference to the translate it onto my paper I think it’s a brilliant technique and I think everyone should give it a go basically and that’s that’s kind of my thoughts on it let me know what you guys think about this in the comments let me know what you think of my outcome as well if you’re gonna give it a go yourselves because I think yeah if you if you like drawing then I think yeah you should definitely give this a go so and there is my finished piece if you liked this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel for more art related content in the future I upload videos twice a week for the foreseeable future and please leave me a comment below letting me know what you think about this video and I will catch you in the next one bye


  • Leah Bee Art

    Let me know what you thought of this video and if you would like anymore!?

  • Kayleigh Pill

    Great video! Gave this technique a go after seeing this, used tracing paper to plot the dots instead of a ruler to save time but worked pretty well 🙂

  • Intrigue Me

    hey another good one 🙂


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