Hi everyone! After over 3 weeks, I have finally finished this artwork! I decided to draw Harry as I haven’t drawn him in a long time. The last time I drew him in graphite pencils. This is my second ever coloured pencil drawing and I think I have improved from my first one. I also dug out some old drawings from 4 years ago and I’d like to show you the improvements. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
I chose to draw Harry from the Prisoner of Azkaban as I think that he is depicted the most accurately in that movie in accordance to the books. Dan’s hair actually sticks up everywhere and it proved to be a challenge to draw. I also edited the eyes to make them green instead of Dan’s blue to create the perfect book Harry appearance. If you want to see my last drawing if Harry, check this out.
As per usual, the first step is always to sketch the face to help guide the rest of the artwork. I tried to make this as accurate as possible. I used a B pencil to draw the outlines. I focused on filling up the whole A4 page.
The coloured pencils I used are the Prismacolor Premier Portrait set. It has a handy colour range specifically assembled for skin tones. I used black to define the eye shape and glasses. I then used a variety of peachy tones to fill in around the eyes. The eyebrows were drawn with black and a few shades of brown.
The main part about the nose was to leave a defined highlight on the bridge to give the face definition and to emphasise the light source. I used the same skin tones as the eye area to create the shading.
I always take a long time drawing lips to make them realistic. I first drew the creases with dark red and brown then shaded over it to Smith it out. I focused on creating the accurate lip shape as the mouth affects the entire face shape.
I then roughly shaded the jawline to map out the basic shape of Harry’s face. He has quite a square jaw so I made it rather angular. I also set the position of the scar. I left the shading for later as I was getting rather impatient.
This step was the most time consuming. For the hair, I drew every individual strand with a black pencil then started blocking in the dark areas. For the neck, I focused on the shadow created by the chin. I also filled in the whole face with colour which brought the drawing to life.
So after drawing the clothes, it’s finished! What do you think of it? It certainly took a while to finish but it was definitely worth it. I tried to capture the entire essence of Harry in my drawing and I hope that I have achieved that!
Some Old Art
Here’s a little throwback I want to share! I drew these when I was around 11 and they were some of the first portraits I made. Of course, they were Harry Potter characters as I’ve been in the fandom for quite a while.
It’s rather interesting to look at them now because at the time, I thought that they were super good. It just goes to show that there is always infinite room to improve.