Over the past few years, I have often been asked the same questions:, How to draw a portrait with a good likeness? How to draw face proportions more correctly? How to learn to draw a good portrait outline? and How to make money as an artist? These are, perhaps, the most interesting questions, and on this page you will find many answers. This cannot adequately be described in two or three lines. So, if you are interested, you may continue to read this entire article.
Proportions of the face drawing It is not possible to learn to draw the proportions of the face in two weeks. Acquiring the necessary skills in obtaining the correct proportions in a portrait drawing needs a lot of practice. Knowledge in the creation of strict proportions is required to properly draw the correct proportions of the human face. However, this is something that is not taught directly in schools for artists and, unfortunately, if the student draws a portrait without similarity, he/she gets low marks. ):
The whole principle of training is mainly applying a faithful shadow volume of model, light, and colors to build a composition, using the proper sequence of paints, and so on. The entire process of development of drawing the proportions of the human head is quite long and complicated. The typical training period simply is not long enough to teach complete understanding of the process.
To understand portrait nuances and its secrets, as a rule, you need at least every day to draw (from life) two to three portraits. If you do it yourself (in the home, for example), through a long period of time, the amateur painter who wishes to draw someone from life can simply forget his passion for drawing. Let's say there are a few people, such as your family and friends, who would be willing to pose a few times. When finished, they will likely have grown tired and not want to pose any more. ): In such cases, the passion and desire for attaining the knowledge of drawing the correct proportions will gradually fade away. For any beginning artist that really wants to become a master, it requires a long-standing practice of drawing from life, drawing thousands (or event tens of thousands) of portraits.
What there is a way out? The output is of course, the easiest solution is drawing portraits in the street, the other is not given, that is, become a street artist. This is such a Klondike in development work with portraits from life. To whom this may seem not an easy decision to go out and show your inexperience work everyone around with the hope of making money by drawing in this way.
How are you with the nervous system? Are you ready to listen various comments including negative, heart-rending cries of drunken and unbalanced people in your address?. You are a beginning to draw portraits and not all understand that at this point you're just in the development of your skills.
Portrait artist must have some strength of mind and try not to pay attention to the various idiots. So Be braver, there is a double benefit you learn how to draw portraits and get the money for this training. Drawing Portraits on the streets can be called even extreme type of work, the artist has to draw in different weather conditions, windy weather, sometimes in the rain, the cool, wet weather
. For example, in practice, in Russia in the winter artists can draw a live portrait in the 30 degree cold, the most important thing people are willing to pose. At such moments only the most daring artists, no matter what, stay true to your chosen path and persevere to develop ourselves day by day. And believe me if you are born with a talent for drawing, you could do it, just be patient.
So, how to know the right proportions of the face drawing? How to learn to draw a good portrait outline and how to Capture a Likeness? The faces of the people are different, some templates for this does not exist and that's the challenge, the face of each person is unique.
Methods for constructing the proportions are so many. Some artists like some methods of drawing face proportions, others use other methods proportions of human head. To one master that it may be convenient, uncomfortable another. Go outside to the way that is more beneficial to you and where you feel your strength to the full, knowing where to start and the finish portrait outline in the right direction, despite the fact that you were taught entirely different method at art school, which in practice is not useful.
The most important thing is a good result in the face proportions drawing. If you draw a proportion with pencil or charcoal should be considered concealed portrait features, further shadow and light shades. Even if you make a mistake in the construction in the future you may have a little chance to fix it, but this is not always the case. After shaping the face of a lot can change in the similarity in the process of shadow and light shades you can uncover many defects proportions, which next portrait you might not necessarily be allowed to happen.
In practice, methods of accounting mistakes of the past does not immediately activated in mind of beginning artist, some artists often work repeating past mistakes, so they step on the same rake, forgetting past failures and mistakes, that is, facing the same errors in each portrait, which must be consider by artists, that's the point development of competent construction proportions. Each portrait artist must always remember this, otherwise you will never get the best proportions of human head and how it will not hurt you will remain at the same level for life.
The faces of different people are different, Some people have a lean face, the other is normal, and some have a fat face so proportions of the face drawing should be considered depending on the type of person. The oval of face is also not quite simple, the correct proportions of the oval much depends. Very varied and misleading outlines of chins, all human have too different forehead, both in height and width.
A large role in the portrait are the proportions of the human eye, eyes reflect the soul of each person, the eye is large and small or narrow, eyes of ladies' and men may differ materially. Noses also havelong and short size, big, beautiful and not. Lip plump, middle and narrow, there is a sad and somewhat funny.
When you drawing and finding the right proportions in the portrait need to consider hundreds of nuances, in a short time is difficult to understand it all. In each following a portrait you will discover something new and unknown. Hooked on certain areas of the face, take it for a certain distance from him repulsive. For example, note the length of the eyes, the space between the eyes, nose width and height, the height from the chin to the tip of the nose and from tip of the nose to the eyebrows.
Get a feeling for the ratio of two pupils of the eyes and tip of the nose, you'll see a triangle, when you draw the parts, make sure that the triangle coincides with the drawn sketch of your. Such triangles, trapezoids you will find many in the human face, the most important thing to observe all this "geometry" as much as possible rather.
Develop and train your vision develop better an eye estimation even when you do not draw from life, let it be your kind of exercise. Learn to compare the height and width of the different details on a number of standing things. You are among the people such as the subway, watch their faces, you should look to the width of the nose relative to the eye, the gap between the eyes, find your triangle, trapezoid, etc.
Play around with different portrait photos, divide the width of the face to the width of the nose, look at the space between the eyes. Using a ruler, measure the distance of any details of the face in different photos, you may find some repeatable patterns. Such as the distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose is approximately equal to the distance from this point to the eyebrows, but note that some patterns may not always be useful to you.
Some patterns you find the width of the eye relative to relative gap between the eyes. But all of these stereotypes distances facial features come to naught if you draw your portrait of a man posing with a three-quarter, with slightly lowered or raised face, so do not always rely on the regularities, develop better an eye estimation, learn to compare the width and height in relation to other parts face. All rounded details of the face are deceptive property, where it is easy to make a mistake with the distance of height and width, without years of practice is not enough.
The process of developing your skills will require 3-5 years of continued effort and you will have your first successes, with a steady hand, know a lot about your work and can easily produce a dozen drawings within a day. You will also learn to communicate well with the person who is wanting a portrait as well as dealing with overseas people who have little knowledge of English. Your work will be developed more rapidly as a result.
Even after five years of working as a portrait painter on the streets, you may not be satisfied with your achievements and want to achieve more. You may even sense that deep down you still have some ways to go to before you consider yourself as a master portrait painter. Next to you is a senior person who has been doing this for years and has managed to reach such levels, in your opinion. You try to mimic his strokes, the way he catches the light and do everything to replicate him, but you cannot achieve the same level of result.
The point being, the senior person has many years of experience and has gone through many mistakes to achieve the level he is in. Similarly, it will take you some patience and perseverance to achieve those levels but hey after five years, your work will indeed be pretty good and you have mastered the proportions of the human face in all your drawings and paintings.
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