method calls for a reasonably sized photograph, preferably
an 8" x 10"
or the cover of one of the many glossy magazines. Try
to choose one with good, strong shadows and clearly defined
detail... the better the photograph, the better the drawing.
this particular demonstration I've selected a black and
white photograph of Matt Le Blanc taken from one of my
daughter's magazines. A quick study of the face shows
that the light is quite high and slightly to the right
of the subject casting shadows beneath the brows, nose,
top lip, bottom lip, chin and jawline. These shadows are
actually defining the features and shape of the face.
You will notice that there are no outlines around the
lips, eyes or nose. This is probably the most common fault
with peoples drawings, resulting in a cartoon or caricature
rather than a realistic portrait. What I hope to demonstrate
is, the use of shapes and tones to produce the finished