This is the 2nd part of the two-part article “5 Tips to See & Draw Better”. Click here to view Part One. I’ve compiled these tips to give you a “visual advantage”; helping your eyes communicate with your brain and hands- with less fighting! And don’t we all want that? Let’s pick up where we left off…
Has this happened to you: You draw your subject with enthusiasm but then get discouraged when it doesn’t look right? Where’s the disconnect happening?
It is said “Variety is the spice of life”. The same goes for art! Let’s talk about this in regards to portraiture…
Whether you have 30 minutes or a year to work on your art, it’s not about avoiding challenge but about setting yourself up for success.
Have you ever toned your paper? Especially for portrait drawing, this can be a fun little experiment…
I love portraits! The more I draw and paint faces the more I find each one beautiful. A little trick for capturing likeness: When I look at my model, I ask myself “What is it that makes them unique? What do I like about their look?”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Throwing in details at the beginning can trick the eye into thinking you’re capturing your subject, but you do so at the expense of overall accuracy.
Have you ever shown someone your art and they were visibly unimpressed? Or you posted an image online and didn’t get many “likes”? It can make you second guess yourself.
All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. -Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)