Portraits of People in Traditional Drawing Techniques

Written By Alla Levin
August 16, 2016
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Great Portraits of People and an Essential Drawing Materials by Faron Salas

Are you in search of the best tools and accessories for traditional drawing or let me say in search of the essential drawing materials for beginners? Looking inspiration or just want to know more about art, stay with me 😉

I am so lucky to have an incredible possibility to get to know artists, communicate with them and of course to learn. As you know learning is not an easy process that requires a lot of desire, efforts, time and investigations and even more. Great artists keep working and keep learning every day and the results of their work are even more than inspiring. I adore artists who keep working in traditional drawing techniques and I always have questions to ask them.

I have a huge pleasure to introduce you a fantastic artist Faron Salas. He creates wonderful portraits in traditional drawing technics. Together with Faron, we will help you to learn something useful.

Portraits of People in Traditional Drawing Techniques and Story of a Great Artist Faron Salas from the United States

Faron Salas: I am currently a resident of Albuquerque, NM in the United States. I work full time in the communication technology industry and art is what I i really enjoying.

I had two art classes in high school and when I graduated I started working right away. To make a long story short – I basically didn’t do any artwork for about 15 years. I realized how much I used to enjoy drawing and started relearning techniques to further improve my drawing skills.

Faron Salas:
Artist Faron Salas

I’ve always admired classical ateliers and their approach to capturing the human form from basic sketches to full rendered compositions. I find that kind of art has always appealed to me. I’m inspired by works from the High Renaissance period from artists like – Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to more recent artists like David Kassan and Casey Baugh, and artists in between.

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Portrait in Traditional Drawing Technique by Faron Salas

To create my drawings I use graphite as well as charcoal and chalk pencils. I use various blending accessories like blending stumps & tortillons. I tend to use various toned papers and often use a gray or gunmetal tone. I’ve only dabbled with watercolors and brushes – painting will be my next frontier.

What are the brands that produce the tools and accessories for the artists? Tools you work with?

Faron Salas: 

  • Generals charcoal pencils;
  • Mars Lumigraph graphite pencils;
  • Canford cardstock paper;
  • Various Stonehenge and Strathmore papers.

I don’t use my phone very often to create digital art, but I do have a Sketchbook Pro on my phone to have it as an option to quickly doodle some idea or concept.

What kind of software do you use to create your artworks, additional equipment?

Faron Salas: 

I have seen some amazing artworks that others have done using various apps like Procreate, Sketchbook Pro, but I tend to gravitate to traditional art these days. There is something about producing an artwork with media like pencils that I adore but I also certainly don’t knock artists who use the software. Based media it just has a different meaning to me and it just comes down to a preference for me.

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Portrait in Traditional Drawing Technique by Faron Salas

What kind of advice would you give the beginners in illustration art?

Faron Salas: If your goal is to improve your placement and proper proportion, then will be the best to take whatever you’re trying to draw (whether it be humans, animals, etc.) and simplify them into smaller shapes. Use angular lines to create the shapes and then find an anchor point (spot in your drawing which you can use as a marker to ensure other parts of your drawing are the proper distance and placement from each other).

Drawing is about acquiring more information about the subject, and as you acquire that then you can more accurately describe what you see. I know the temptation for some artists starting out is to use grids but I personally don’t like to do that cause I feel it doesn’t allow you to hone your drawing skills properly. All you need is to practice, practice and practice

I think every artist should do the art that fuels their inspiration – sounds cliché, but if you don’t enjoy yourself then it won’t speak to your audience either.

Faron Salas on Social Media: Instagram

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