How to Draw > How to Convey Emotions

The artist should be able to express something he feels, rather than sees, which is not immediately apparent to the layman, and to do this he must draw with "feeling".



Although the sketch below has very little detail, I have tried to capture, as briefly as possible, the momentary action and youthful grace the pose suggested to me.

Used as a basis for a finished drawing this sort of sketch makes a sound foundation with which the rhythm of the action can easily be maintained.



To acquire feeling we must learn to appreciate also other things that go to build up the head and figure.

Planes play a great part in drawing people. The whole system of light and shade depends on planes. For instance, if the light were above and in front of the head, all those planes facing it would be lightest.

The top part of the forehead, the front part of the hair. Right down the nose from the bridge, the upper lids, the highest part of the checks, the bottom lip and the top of the ball of the chin. The more or less vertical planes would be a sort of middle tone and those on the sides would be darker; under the brows, nose and chin, etc., would be darker still.



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Using Planes to Render People




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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