Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TUES. 4/24 Portraits

Lily King
Students in the T/Th class made portrait drawings of their classmates. The drawing above has a good scale, holding the page well. The contrasts and comparisons to placement and proportion have been well observed. Note the bone structure across the forehead, eye sockets, cheeks and chin. A common area of "over-drawing" or putting in too much information is the hair. The hair has been rendered with patches of light and dark values with minimal line work for texture. The rule of thumb for hair is "less is more". Remember when drawing the contours of portraits to use "soft" lines avoiding harsh lines. Notice how the lines in the cheeks spread into the tonalities of the jaw.

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