babby's first portrait. Need a purely proportional review


Kind of for practice in painting, but before I move on, I want to make sure the proportions are absolutely perfect. Feel free to nitpick at every detail (I actually prefer that.

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Even if you get the line art as accurate as possible, once you start painting in the values/colors, you’re going to be altering things anyway, and you’ll need to be vigilant every step of the way. Don’t forget that you never stop drawing even when you are painting, because while painting, you are still reshaping everything each time you lay down a brushstroke.

And learn to judge the overall impression, not just the micro-details in the context of the grids. For example, look at her right eye–the general shape of it isn’t correct, despite you making a grid system. This is because you aren’t paying enough attention to the overall impression of the eye–the overall shape.


A major problem you’re going to have with this subject ref is it is a photo shot with a telephoto lens. Her blurred, foreshortened right arm is most likely not going to work in your painting. The small hand (due to the long lens flattened perspective) coupled with the over flexible elbow bend and hand twist is going to look grossly distorted in a painting. It is forgiven in the photo because we trust that photos don’t lie.
The eyes in the drawing look skewed wrong, also. Her right eye is too low. This is another side effect of telephoto lens images–perspective compression.


Yeah I just got some random picture off of the internet that I thought was interesting and colorful, to be honest.

This seems insanely difficult to me. The expression is so subtle, it seems like for a beginner level artist it’d be impossible to properly capture without subdividing it and micromanaging.
Also, right eye as in looking at the page, or as in from the perspective of the picture itself?


It takes practice, just like learning an instrument or learning martial arts. The more you train your observation and analytical skills and your eye-to-hand coordination, the better you’ll get at it, until it becomes second nature to you.

And it’s her right eye. Whenever visual artists say “her” or “his” left or right, they always mean that person’s perspective.


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