A portrait drawing of Derren Brown, the celebrity mentalist, illusionist…

Some of you may not know that Derren Brown has a talent in portrait drawing and caricatures besides his celebrated talent as a mentalist and illusionist. This is not surprising since many well known artists had amazing talent in the creative arts such as Cat Stevens, Boby Dylan, Jim Carrey and many more.

I recently came across an article on Derren Brown portrait drawing by Max Deutsch who used a Portrait drawing video course to draw Derren Brown. You might want to check it out here.

A portrait drawing of Derren Brown using pencil and paper by Max Deutsch.

His drawing showed the steps required to draw a portrait of Derren Brown with just a pencil and paper. The methods he utilized are interesting and uses positioning of the largest paths to assemble the whole head and then pinpointing the various features of the face. In the Paintology technique, I have shown a different approach to using the triangulation method that allows you to map out the features and the whole head very rapidly. Equally, the trace method allows you to practice the positioning of the various features on the face with the aim of improving your free hand drawing.

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how easy it is to quickly make a sketch of Derren Brown using the Paintology brush ‘chalk’.

I initially outlined the face with the color tone of the skin. This was different to what I was doing before, which was to select a gray color to define the outline of the face. As it turns out, the drawing looked more realistic. Perhaps, it did not have the contoured outline which would be a dead giveaway that it was a hand portrait. Anyways, my aim is to practice more using the colors of the actual photo or scene. Remember, it is only through experimentation will you get better in painting and drawing.

A portrait of the same using Paintology.

The drawing took just over 30 minutes and one can easily make rapid drawings such as this with the Paintology app.

If you want to download a free copy, then please go to our download link. Please feel free to write your questions and comments below.

Until next time, happy drawing!

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