This is a fun activity, perfect for a day at home with the family. Everybody can make it and kids will love it, you don’t need to know how to draw portraits as we are going to use translucent paper.
I did one of each of my kids, it took me about 10-15 minutes to draw each one.
The kid in me still gets pretty excited about scribbling 🙂
To make scribble portraits you will need:
- Transparent paper, I used translucent yupo paper, but you could also use tracing paper
- Markers: If you want you drawing to be archival, I recommend Sakura pigma micron markers, if archival properties are not that important for you, you could use Sharpie fine line marker or any kind of marker
- A printer
Start by taping the portrait you printed at the back of your yupo paper or tracing paper.
For each portrait, I printed 2 black and white pictures, so I could keep one under the paper and one for reference.
Start by drawing the main features and contours, you can also outline a few areas of light and shade on the face.
I recommend you start by the darkest areas and then work from dark to light.
For dark areas make your scribbles quite tight and for light areas space them more.
On theface, start by scribbling on the areas in the shade.
You can leave some areas that are in the light un-scribbled.
For the background and the very light areas, you can use very light scribbles.
Here are the three portraits I made of my 3 kids.