How to Draw Freckles on a Face

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How to Draw Freckles on a Face
Adding freckles to your portraits will add character and make them more believable. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Adding skin texture and detail to your drawing can give it a greater sense of realism. Some skin details may include wrinkles, moles, pores, age spots or freckles. Drawing freckles may seem complicated, but if done correctly it can be simple. Freckles do not have any depth, and drawing them does not require any shading. Instead, what drawing freckles requires is patience.

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Things you need

  • 2B pencil
  • Blending stump
  • Extra paper
  • Kneadable eraser

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  1. 1

    Determine where you would like to add freckles. Choose various areas in order to get a more believable look. Do not be afraid to draw freckles in shaded areas.

  2. 2

    Use the 2B pencil to scribble some graphite on the extra piece of paper. Rub one end of the blending stump into the graphite until its tip is covered.

  3. 3

    Use the blending stump to lay down small, dark areas where the large freckles will be. Vary the size and shape of the freckles as you draw them; no two freckles are the same.

  4. 4

    Use the blending stump to lay down the smaller and less prominent freckles, now that there is not as much graphite left on it.

  5. 5

    Use the kneadable eraser to clean up any mistakes. Use the clean end of the blending stump to smooth out areas as necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use softer pencils if 2B does not provide you with dark enough freckles.

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