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Portrait Drawing Critique

Artwork by Litsa

David
Graphite pencil on paper.

Portrait Drawing Critique

Feedback from Vladimir London, Anatomy Master Class tutor

Hi Litsa,

Many thanks for your David portrait.

It looks good, I like it. You put a lot of efforts into rendering this image.

At the same time, there some points you may want to consider:

1. Constructive drawing.

A human face has virtual lines of facial features parallel to each other. Please make sure that your next portrait has lines marked in red parallel.

2. Head and face proportions.

There are certain classical proportions you need to keep in mind, for example, the distance between eyes is equal to one eye. Your drawing would benefit from a bit wider eyes location.

When you draw a portrait, it is good to concentrate on constructive drawing before going for rendering tonal values. It is like building a house: first, you need to make sure all walls are built properly, then you can paint those walls.

Once again, thank you for your drawing.

It is very good that you take interest in classical art and study the Old Masters.

To your creative success,

Vladimir London
Anatomy Master Class tutor


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