posted on Dec, 14 2003 @ 09:59 AM
I know what you mean...I usually have the same problem. This is why. It's all about proportions. When drawing an inanimate object, you have a lot
of leeway in this. If a fruit is too big or small, it'll likely go unnoticed. Likewise with the length of a drape, etc. However, with people, if
you are off even a tiny bit, it can suddenly not look like the person, and looks "off".
The way around this is to use a grid or sketch shapes. You'll see comic artists use this all the time, but for photo realism, most will use a grid.
The base photo for this, was a 4"x5" image, with a 1/2" grid drawn over it. Then, I drew the 8"x10" grid (1 inch grid) to both help me enlarge
the image, and get all of the proportions right. Then I do a light pencil sketch of the important features (eyes, nose, mouth, outline of hair, head,
etc.) and then go in and do the darker solid areas (with an Ebony pencil..softer even than a 6B). That's what gets those really black blacks with
pencil. Then, I go in and work on the detail (usually leaving hair for last, as it's easier). I usually lay down a light pencil layer over the
whole face, then blur it with a fingertip... Then, I darken the shadows, and highlight with a kneaded eraser, to create the light areas, such as tip
of the nose, chin, cheeks, etc.
Try the technique, and you'll find that capturing people isn't so different than inanimate objects...once you get the proportions right.