Portrait Drawing from Life in Natural Light Using the Comparative Method


   In learning how to draw proportionately and artistically from the figure, it is generally felt that the language of drawing will have been taken on to the point where one could then set about drawing just about anything. While this notion may be essentially true, it becomes apparent soon enough that in the particular genre of portraiture, there do exist additional things that need to be addressed such as the morphology of the skull, the mechanics of the neck and shoulders, the features and ears, noting conceptual and naturalistic differences and similarities. A good number of other aspects such as value syncopations, character, muscles of expression, interpretive exaggeration and reduction are also explored.



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