FREE: Dad Portrait for Beginners
Dad will love this portrait of him, drawn especially for Father’s Day!
Easy Peasy Level:
This lesson is an easy lesson for beginners. In this lesson we not only draw a portrait of the student’s Dad, we also learn the basics of drawing a portrait.
You will need:
- White paper
- Black oil pastel, crayon, pencil or marker
- Coloured oil pastels, crayons or pencils for decorating
- Tempera disc paints or paint of your choice. For example watercolours or poster paints.
- Stiff bristle brush to use with tempera disc paint
- Water container
- Newspaper or table cover
- Paint shirts or aprons
Easy Peasy Tips:
- The hardest part of this lesson is drawing the hair. Look at yourself in the mirror and think about what shape your fringe and the top of your head makes. Try not to think of drawing hair as lines of hair. We draw hair using shapes.
For The Teacher:
- You can use any black drawing medium of choice in this lesson. We have used a black oil pastel as it is visible through the paint.
- To make this lesson even easier for younger students, give them creative freedom with the hair. It will produce hilarious results and Dad will love it!
- To help with the drawing of the hair, ask students to stand in front of the class and discuss how people’s hair looks different. Point out the shape of their fringe and also how the hair on the top of their head makes a shape.
- If students don’t have a photo of Dad with them, ask the students to close they eyes and take a mental of photo of what Dad looks like.
- If you don’t have flesh tone or hair coloured tempera disc paints, you will need to explain to students how to mix them with the available colours.
Hair Style Guide:
Creating Your Artwork:
Place your paper portrait style.
- In the middle of the page, draw a large oval shape taking up most of the page.
- Draw a neck and shoulders as shown. Careful with the neck! Don’t make it too long, too thin or too thick!
- Now add clothes by drawing a curved line from one side of the neck to the other. Then add short little lines along the bottom of the page for the tops of the arms.
- In the middle of the oval, draw circles and dots for eyes. Your eyes are in the middle of your face! Now draw a large letter ‘J’ for a nose. The bottom of the nose should finish in the middle between the eyes and chin.
- Now draw a smile. The mouth is in the middle between the nose and chin. Then add some small curved lines on the sides of the nose and a small frown shaped line between the mouth and chin as shown.
- Now add the ears as shown. Your ears start in line with your eyes and finish in line with the bottom of your nose.
- Add some eyebrows and eyelids. Be careful not to draw the eyelids too far down the eyes or Dad will look sleepy!
- Depending on what your dad looks like, you may need to add some thin wrinkles in places. Press lightly to make thin lines. Then carefully write the word ‘DAD’ on his T-shirt.
- To help draw the hair, In your mind picture what his hair looks like. Or you could just look at a photo! Think carefully about what shape his fringe is and what shape his hair makes on top of his head. We don’t draw hair with lots of lines, we draw hair with shapes.
- On the forehead, draw lines to show the shape of the fringe. Leave some space on each side.
- Now draw curved lines down to the side of the head in line with the tops of the ears.
- Now we need to add hair on top of the head. How you draw this all depends on the shape of your Dad’s hair.
- Now add some lines inside of the hair shape to add interest and also to hide the line we drew when drawing the head. You can also add decoration to the background. Use coloured oil pastels to draw starbursts, stars or love hearts.
- Now begin painting your portrait using the paint. You may need to think about how you can make the colours needed for your Dad’s skin and hair colour.
- Your artwork is now complete.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?
- You could also do this portrait of Dad using other mediums such as charcoal or soft pastel.
- You could also decorate it by gluing on some glitter.
- Why not try drawing a portrait of Dad using only one line? See our One Line Portrait lesson.
- You could also do an abstract portrait of Dad like the portrait in our Simple Picasso lesson.