How to Draw > Composition for a Portrait

The effect of a good drawing is sometimes ruined by lack of thought. The placing of the picture in the shape of your paper for instance is most important. Details should not detract from the main object of interest.



The figure should make a pleasing silhouette and anything introduced, such as drapery, should help in the balancing and rhythm of the composition.



The simplest method by which you can judge where to place your drawing on the pad, is to cut out a rectangular hole in the piece of paper, the same proportionate shape as your pad, then hold it up in front of the sitter so that you can look through as in figure (1) and (2).



You will be able to adjust the amount of figure you want to put in by moving the rectangle closer to or further away from your eye. You can also turn it on its side if necessary.



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HOW TO DRAW PEOPLE:
Introduction to Drawing People
Materials Needed to Draw People
The Essentials of Drawing People
Posing the Sitter for a Portrait
Composition for a Portrait
Lighting
How to Draw Hands
How to Show Age and Character
Drawing Clothes
How to Convey Emotions
Using Planes to Render People
Using Humor to Show Character
Examples of Portraits: Mother
Examples of Portraits: Brother
Examples of Portraits: Little Brother
Examples of Portraits: Uncle
Drawing Groups of People
Line Drawings of People
Watercolors of People




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