Yesterday’s adventure involved watching a movie while painting a nose study. Why a nose, you may ask? Because in my original painting of this portrait, the nose and right eye both came out a little off. Instead of shying away, I’m practicing, and when I put it all back together again, maybe it will improve my results. This is also what I teach my students in my personalized online art classes.
You’ve got to start with the basics, and then take the time to put them all in the right spot. The struggle with my beginner students is their desire to put all the details in, and ignore the overall picture. Often, this will lead to one very realistic eye in the right place, one less realistic eye in the wrong place, and the other features breezed over in a game of face roulette. Learn how to do the details (eye, nose, lips, etc) and then take your time putting them together. Check in a mirror, check in a thumbnail, step way back to check, and then check again.
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