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How to learn portrait drawing

How to learn portrait drawing

Artwork by Jack, Anatomy Master Class student

Critique from Vladimir London, Anatomy Master Class tutor

Hi Jack,

Many thanks for your artwork.

If you want to learn portrait drawing, why do you copy from photos? When you do this, you will acquire different skills that are actually required to draw realistic portraits.

However, if your aim is to become a reproducer, not an artist, then by all means, you’re doing the correct thing.

You need to make a decision whom you want to become from the beginning, as re-learning how to draw proficiently would be much more difficult, if not impossible, if you want to go from a reproducer to an artist.

Above all, drawing realistic portraits requires drawing what you know, not copying what you see…

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Shoulder study

Shoulder study

Drawins by Johann Krammer, Anatomy Master Class student

I did a first try to learn about the human anatomy with the 3D Software “Zygote Bode”.

It is not easy to keep the count of all the bones and vertebrae while drawing. Here is my first result…

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Diomedes

Diomedes

Drawings by Johann Krammer, Anatomy Master Class student

Recently I had a time to visit the Glyptotek museum.

From the first moment at my first visit I was impressed about the bust of the Greek hero “Diomedes”. So I decided to try a sketch of this statue.
First I made at home a sketch from a photograph to know the main features of the bust and the most important shades.

I had three sentences from you in my mind:
– Use a sharpened pencil
– Contrapposto
– A marble bust is almost white

Here are my results…

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Study of the Skull and Face

Study of the Skull and Face

Artwork by Dan, Anatomy Master Class student

As a continuation of my attempt to understand the bones and muscles of the skull and face I have produced three additional drawings for this purpose.

Up to now my drawings of the skull have taken on a schematic rather than a “realistic” look. I have used the Anatomy Master Class videos to render proportional skulls that I can use to study the individual bones from as well as the muscles, their placement and attachment points.

Having done that to some extent, I created an additional ¾ view of the skull using the AnatomyMasterClass.com method and then enhanced its realistic properties by also using an actual skull model to draw from. The result is the first image I have submitted here…

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