In the first class the instructor demonstrated face mapping and then put several pictures on the table and told us to choose one. I wanted to try a three quarter head view rather than a front view. To draw a three quarter view, I started with a circle in the center of the paper and then drew an oval on the left side of the circle before starting to map out the facial features.
|Portrait using face mapping.|
The second class was devoted to drawing a portrait from a photograph. I chose my Son-In Law, Brandon as my subject. Brandon's classic features would be easier to draw and his glasses and smile with teeth showing would present a challenge. Unlike some of the other members in the class, I had never attempted a portrait before. The man sitting in the seat next to me was an accomplished artist and his work was beautiful. As I struggled with the initial stages of face mapping for the exact placement and proportion of the facial features, I remembered the quote from my Yoga Teacher. At the beginning of each class she would say " Remember no judgements, no comparisons, focus on your ability."
This is the finished portrait. I left the open sketch book on the kitchen table, hoping for feedback. My husband and Brittany both told me that it looks like Brandon. I mustered up my courage and e-mailed the picture to Brandon. I was relieved when he sent a message back saying that he liked it and it looks like him.