How to Draw > Examples of Portraits: Uncle Tony

This particular uncle has the sort of head that was simply made for drawing, don't you agree? Also he has a natural sense of posing.

Notice the fine shapes in the head, the forehead and brows, the nose, cheeks, mouth and jaw. I have always found that we tend to normalise features when we draw them, so, when I have -- to draw a head I try almost to over-characterise it just a little at first, and usually it turns out that I haven't exaggerated it at all.



Here is an example of what I mean. If you were to draw a greyhound's head for the first time, you probably find you have made the nose too short. In the case of a kitten, we'll say, you make the nose too long, and eyes and ears too small. The shoulders in this particular sitter are very important, if for example -- you were to alter the slope of them, the portrait would look out of character. The clothes in the second portrait help a great deal to make the drawing interesting. I enjoyed doing them.





You will notice, no doubt, that I have not tried to carry this drawing to a highly finished stage. The reason for this is, that a drawing of this kind has a sort of spontaneity in the pose. The way the folds are drawn and the hands too, are better than if they had been worked up and shaded. I often leave a drawing like this, not because I am afraid of spoiling it by adding to it, but because I feel I have got all I want out of it.







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Drawing Groups of 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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