Achieving a Likeness

with Debra Yaun

Portraits have been extremely popular subjects for centuries; there is nothing quite as exciting as capturing a human personality on paper. You can accurately depict the likeness of a person by carefully observing and copying the shapes, values, and colors you see. Begin by dividing the face into thirds, and note where the features fall in relation to the whole face and to one another (the proportions). Then, as you do when drawing animals, look for what makes each person unique. In this portrait of Liza, Debra Yaun communicates the girl’s charming innocence by paying close attention to proportion and detail—including her wide smile, wispy curls, and adorable dimples.

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