Originally Posted by slyfox75
@sketch1946- Oh my gosh. This is soooo helpful!! I cant thank you enough for this!
This is why I've avoided portraits. Your drawing has to be perfect. Now that I have this little trick I can start working on this painting again.
I am very grateful for you taking the time to demonstrate. Bless You!!!
Haha, you're most welcome...
You are almost right about the drawing having to be perfect... the most important thing with the drawing is that it has to be proportionally correct... if there's a deviation it has to be progressive.. think about how some political cartoons can keep a likeness, but exaggerate various features...
With the modelling, aka the shading of the face, it's important to **feel** your way around edges, try to make them curve into the painting surface, as if you are sculpting in 3D... but without losing the 2D shapes, ie the height and width of each shape
... so that the folds around the eyes have form, width, and colour, and they too have edges.. they appear to be curved, but each tiny shape has its own height and width, it's necessary to learn to look very carefully, but most important to **see
what you're looking at...
With your daughter, maybe think of how different a woman looks with and without makeup