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Human Anatomy

Lesson 2 in Painting Portraits

Lesson Information

In this lesson you'll learn the rest of the fundamentals necessary to paint a realistic portrait. Daniel will start by showing you a few of his shading techniques. Then you'll study male and female facial structures, creating your own sketches along the way. After that, you'll explore your artistic capabilities with a few different drawing styles. Finally, you'll use photo reference to create a detailed black and white portrait. 

Homework
Throwing Shade

Open the image included in this lesson's files and copy what you see, employing all the shading techniques you just learned. Upload your progress to the Learn Squared homework gallery. 

Face/Off

Use the references included in this lesson's files to make your own male or female face drawing. For extra credit, try doing two angles of a male face and two of a female face. Upload your progress to the Learn Squared homework gallery. 

Free Your Art

Combine the Loomis and Gesture methods in a series of two to four sketches. Do this by first creating a Loomis-style mannequin and then making a gesture drawing on top. Upload your progress to the Learn Squared homework gallery. 

Drawing from Life

Create a drawing based on a photograph. Try to find a piece of reference with strong, sharp shadows. Upload your progress to the Learn Squared homework gallery. 

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