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Portrait course, lesson # 4

27 Sep

This week there wasn’t as much apparent improvement as the previous week, but if I compare how much trouble some of the others on the course had, I really did remarkably well. The course I’m referring to is the portrait drawing course on my local community college.

Portrait Course 2010/09/27 # 1

1. This time an older model. Many of the fellow artists on the course had problems with her face, but some, like myself needed not much advice from the instructor. In this photo I had nailed the basic structure of the face.

Portrait Course 2010/09/27 # 2

2. Here I had all of her features roughly in the correct positions, with the carefully constructed structure as my guide.

Portrait Course 2010/09/27 # 3

3. Of course, the features are my weak point, since they require a lot of practice, and I’m sure I’ll get better at it over time. So the next best thing I could at this moment was to put the shading in the correct location, and thus not attract too much attention to those weaker details.

Portrait Course 2010/09/27 # 4

4. Since I had time left, I decided to make the portrait into a buste (upper part of the body, including the head), although I kept her clothing as simple as possible. Of course, never having done this before, I needed some guidance from the instructor.

Portrait Course 2010/09/27 # 5

5. After some tips from the instructor, I think I got the likeness and appeal pretty much as I wanted. Of course, there is always room for improvement, but this was the best I could do with my current skill level.