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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

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SHAPE TOOLS Simplify and Relate

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In chapter two, I mentioned that children find drawing cartoon and comic strip characters easy. This is because the drawings are outlined with black ink. The simple shapes—curves and lines—are easy to see. A photograph, or real life, doesn’t have the same black outlines to show the artist what to look for. To see the subtlety of the shapes takes training.

In linear drawing, there are only two basic shapes: a straight line or a curved line. The lines go up, down, right, left, but they are either straight or curved. When artists look at the face, they don’t try to find eyes or lips, they seek the simplest linear shapes. ...

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