Richard Morris: Live Portrait Drawing

Advanced, Drawing, Intermediate, Pencil | 29 Sep, 2012

This is an excellent video of LA based figurative realist Richard Morris drawing a portrait of a young male from life. He begins by gaining all the proportions of the face to then go straight in with block coloring do give contrast and tonal qualities. As you’d expect from a self proclaimed realist the final drawing is amazing, what do you think?

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    1. If you want to sell art, you have to do this kind of thing. I am not degrading you, you’re of course very talented. It’s just depressing to see how people are still stuck with the artistic paradigm of the 1500s. It’s like Marcel Duchamp never walked the surface of this Earth. Maybe all it takes is a few more centuries for Derp Derpson to embrace the more complex and intellectual side of art.

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    2. @guzsaj Art in the 1500s was much more intellectual and deep than that of Marcel Duchamp. If you criticise a certain kind of boring academic realistic painting, well, I can be with you… but I wish art could go back to the sublime meaningful quality of the Italian Primitives of the 13th and 14th century. Nowadays trendy conceptual artists have no clue what they are doing; their art is humiliating. Wassily Kandinsky, to mention only one great painter, understood all this very well.

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    3. Art in the 1500s was much more intellectual and deep than that of Marcel Duchamp. If you criticise a certain kind of boring academic realistic painting, well, I can be with you… but I wish art could go back to the sublime meaningful quality of the Italian Primitives of the 13th and 14th century. Nowadays trendy conceptual artists have no clue what they are doing; their art is humiliating. Wassily Kandinsky, to mention only one great painter, understood all this very well.

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    4. nice drawing! when i was student we did our drawings mainly with graphite pencils, and charcoal was for quick sketches. your drawing is nice complete drawing in charcoal, bravo. I should also mention, at that time we have problems with art materials in my country and one could never find charcoal drawing sets in the art stores.

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    5. excuse the spam but i’m making videos of my artwork and trying to gain more subscibers/viewers and get some feedback off people on here and video ideas. please thumb up this comment for more people to see and subscribe? thanks!

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    6. you make it sound like you’re a hundred years old; i’m trying to learn how to draw right now and i also bump into the same problem when it comes to art supplies 😀 i used to go to another city to buy arts supplies but now it’s different because i moved to that city XD

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    7. )))) Actually I am 34 not so old as I made it sound ))). But I was in art academy in 1995-2001. My country was in post local war period (former USSR) and, yap, we had some problems with art materials at that very period. But now I know how to grind paints, make brushes, make varnishes, grounds, even make charcoal sticks and etc. That was very interesting experience.

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    8. nope, still old 😛 sorry,please don’t take it that way, i’m not even close to 20 yet and everyone seems older than I am, but i’m guessing that you can draw really good because I noticed that most artists that I personally admire for their technique are much older… i’m guessing it has something to do with the practicing and experience they have behind them, which is something I lack at the moment

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    9. Yes it does capture a likeness, but, once again, this type of drawing is SO generic, and therefore SO boring. The best remedy is to study fully (for years and years) the drawings of the REAL masters, to learn the importance of Line, Composition, and many other Ineffables.

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    10. Prove? Nothing. Just trying to help students who might be under the misapprehension that they can learn to draw from Youtube demonstration videos. This will accomplish nothing but to engender bad habits, which must later be unlearned.

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    11. hey, just because i’m not on his level doesn’t mean i’m a bad artist.. have you even seen my artworks? and my friends do criticize my drawings either negatively or positively but it’s all constructive.. dont say they’re being polite it offends me..

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    12. yes, there are problems with the drawing but as far as the likeness is concerned..it doesn’t matter. While drawing/painting a portrait likeness is the last thing that concerns the artist. I’d say that the biggest problem with this drawing is composition..

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    13. The portrait came out somewhat “idealized,” like you drew him more how you thought he should look (with handsomer features) rather than what he actually looked like. It’s still a great drawing, but it’s closer to caricature than pure portrait.

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    14. This was a nice demo. Skilled classicism. I know people find it more exiting to watch speeded up demos with upbeat music than to really appreciate the actual time it takes to do this. For those who are learning, real time demos are more useful. I would love to see you post some vids working in real time. Thanks.

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    15. Hey Richard, I love the way you used the drew out the cheek bones and lines down the center and across for the eyes and ears, you are a very talented artist one of the best I have seen.I think your video’s give a beginner like myself a better understanding of the basics of portrait art,anyway I wish you the best and I will be watching and sharing your videos.

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    16. Hey Richard, I love the way you used the drew out the cheek bones and lines down the center and across for the eyes and ears, you are a very talented artist one of the best I have seen.I think your video’s give a beginner like myself a better understanding of the basics of portrait art,anyway I wish you the best and I will be watching and sharing your videos.

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    17. What type of items used in this drawing by Richard MOrris. Charcoal pencil, 2B?, 6B?, 8B?…Please could you help in this regard. I want to use the same materials…Which type of paper used .. or Schloer Canson…? thank you 🙂

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    18. Hey There! Thanks for this helpful video. By the way, I hear many people keep on talking about Monezilax System (just google it), but I’m not sure if it is really good. Have you considered Monezilax System? I have heard some awesome things about it and my cooworker earn tons of money with it, but he refuses to tell me 🙁

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