Monday, April 25, 2011
What I'm Drawing Now Day 12 - Portrait of Melanie
As I commented on yesterday's post, the angle of the pose was constructed to emphasise the youth and uncertainty of the subject. Looking from a level viewpoint would have indicated equality and a certain peer factor, while an angle looking up to the subject would have shown the authority or dominance of the subject.
The angle of the gaze is also important. Staring straight at the camera is difficult to do well in portraiture, but it can be used to good effect to show great power and control. A steady front-on look can be a bit confronting in a strong personality unless the artist can successfully convey an empathy with the subject. With most people, this sort of pose is just bland. Looking away to the side or into the distance is suggestive of dreaminess, ambition, thoughtfulness and many other emotions. Body posture, colour, expression and composition will make the story clearer.
Lighting is another especially important aspect of posing a subject. There is so much to consider in lighting a subject that I'll save that for another post.
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