Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Here is your reference for drawing portraits, remember, to get the proportions aof the head and features, unless you have a natural ' eye' for proportions, please follow the example below, it really will pay off to box in the head and extend the horizontal and vertical lines outside the box to measure where the features are in relation to the whole, some of you skipped this step this week, and your results were inaccurate.

Even loose paintings like this need to be drawn correctly in the first place, so follow the example above, but remember to draw a vertical line through the bridge of her nose, and beyond after boxing in, as there will be a tendency for your brain to want to straighten the image out, and make it look like it is more straight on than it is, please don't try and skip the boxing in step, and measure the distance between features, only when you have the correct head proportion.

below are the portrait reference for the Thursday advanced class

Saturday, 23 November 2013


Hi ladies, 
I hope you enjoyed your workshop, here is your photo reference, sorry they're not all in focus, if you want to complete or practice more at home, remember, measure tone in relation to the whole by looking at the contrast between one part of your image and another, if you're not sure, place some white paper over the top of your photocopy and see if any of your image is actually as white as your paper, if not, tone it down.

Good luck : )