In portrait drawing class, I learned the basic proportion of a face so that when I try to render one it would still look reasonably human. However, I find tremendous difficulty going down to details such as drawing eyes, ears, nose and lips.
So I decided to teach myself by referring to a book again. This time I referred to Lee Hammond’s Drawing Lifelike Portraits from Photographs. Lee is an illustrator who has published many well-received books on drawing. She is also a certified police composite artist which means that she can draw portraits to great likeness. Lee said we have to learn the subtlety of shading because that is what makes a face realistic compared to line drawings.
And then I decided to move on.
I am happy to have learned some basic portrait drawing skills and realise how “not easy” it is and how doing it reasonably well will take a lifetime (for me). What I learned from this process is that now every face looks unique and interesting. Every face has a story.
The world is so exciting and I want to start drawing other things too. So I am leaving faces aside for the moment, and perhaps come back to it when time is right.