Sunday, October 21, 2012

Positive and Negative Shapes in the Face

Drawing a good likeness is tough.  A portrait could easily fall apart if one feature is slightly larger or askew from another. Use the negative and positive shapes in between features to help you gauge these subtle distances. William Maughan uses this rule of thumb to help him place shadows on the face, I think it could be universally used to help place the eyes in relation to the hairline for example.

This image is from The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan - a recommended book!

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