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Sketching People by Jeff Mellern

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Chapter FiveEXPRESSIONS

When we look at another person, we usually look first at his or her face. Not only is it how we identify that person, but it is also how we try to determine whether he or she is angry, sad, elated, disgusted or mischievous. It will show in facial expressions. Even an expressionless face means something depending on the context that person is in. Facial expression is such an important part of getting a viewer to connect with an image that it can’t be neglected.

It is so important to draw people going about their daily lives because they are real people who are constantly expressing genuine emotion. Though the model is good for study, there is no substitute for the real thing (even an actor can only replicate or accentuate ...

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