Advice On Pencil Portrait Drawing – The Side View

A strange thing about drawing the profile view is that novices find it much easier than the other views. Yet, the advanced draftsperson can find the side view quite challenging.br /
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For the advanced draftsperson the test lies in the struggle to affect a 3-dimensional sculptured feel.br /
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Looking at the construct in the side view observe how the head is broken down into straight lines. Using these architectonic lines communicates a firmness of shape.br /
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In the start, you should keep the forms simple. Also at this time, do not draw all the profiled features. There are two reasons for this:br /
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1. It is very likely that even the most talented artist will be off, andbr /
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2. Once a line is established the logical center of your brain will consider that relationship as accurate one. Therefore, it will look proper to you but everyone else will see the mistake. br /
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There is a better way. You begin with drawing the construct using architectonically straight lines. The main concerns are putting in place the general proportions and shape properly. At a more advanced level you should also consider rhythm and movement.br /
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Instead of immediately incorporating the nose into the arabesque you should make use of the facial angle, i.e., the line from the forehead to the chin that breaks at the bottom of the nose. The marker reference for the bottom of the nose is the small ledge-like bump.br /
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A plumb-bob is an good device for rightly placing the bottom of the nose. A plumb-bob is a length of wire (preferably black carpet thread) that has a weight attached to it. The plumb-bob is employed to verify vertical alignments (when working with life models) and their relationships to that vertical line. The vertical line is referred to as the plumb-line.br /
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Aligning the plumb-line to the chin allows you more rightly to see the relationship of brow to chin. The brow is set back from the chin. Note that the entire area of chin and mouth is referred to as the muzzle.br /
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Having confirmed that the initial construct and facial angle are right you can now proceed with placing the facial proportions, chief anatomical landmarks, and the hair-line. So, at this point do not even think about drawing the complete nose. Rendering the nose at this point is a sure remedy for disaster. The angle of the nose and the creation of the tip require a high degree of precision.br /
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Instead, begin to lay down the general light/dark pattern.br /
The lights are painted out using a putty eraser. The look we are looking for is that of a ghost image. That means, above all, not to add details. Also, work from the general to the specific.br /
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Once the general light/dark pattern is developed then the profiled features can be done. employing a very sharp pencil you can work upwards from the chin to the forehead carefully observing the shape. As you sketch mutter the anatomical definitions of each feature that you construct. You would be amazed at how that clarifyies the sketching process. Having an understanding of the facial anatomy will set your portrait sketching miles ahead of those who do not. br /
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The tip of the nose, particularly, requires anatomical reconstruction to get it correct.br /
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A common error novices make with the profile view is placing the eye too far forward. The eye sockets are recessed quite significantly into the head. If you drop a plumb-line from the inner corner of the eye you will observe that the eye aligns itself with the node of the mouth.br /
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Further drawing and hatching values are accomplished with 2H and 4H pencils. Choosing how far you want to take your drawing is an visual decision you have to make yourself. If you want, you can leave the portrait somewhat unresolved.br /
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In conclusion, sketching the profile view involves the same general principles relevant to any view. In this case, the arabesque is particularly critical. The essential thing to remember is not to place the actual full features of the head too early in the process.br /
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