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PORTRAIT PAINTING : From Pencil Drawing to Canvas

A preparatory pencil drawing is a must before proceeding to a portrait.

Portrait of Jakob Meyer zum Hasen. Silverpoint, red chalk, and traces of black pencil on white-coated paper, c. 28.1 × 19 cm, Kupferstichkabinett, Öffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel.

If you are an established artists you know it very well; and if you are an artist starting your adventure in the field of art, you need to know that a preparatory pencil drawing is must for making a portrait, either in water colour or oil. Beginners can get help by seeing the works of master artists. The drawing given here is the example of the preparatory drawing by the master portrait painter Hobein d. j. Hans. Here the artist had, before proceeding to canvass, done the drawing in red calk and black pencil.

Portrait painting is a subtle communication of a set of expressions on the face of a model or the person sitting for his or her portrait. While doing it, artists mostly require the person in front of canvas. Though some painters prefer working on the basis of photographic references, too, especially in the case when model is a child.

Most of the portrait painters use both of the techniques, but doing a larger part of the painting on the basis of photos. If the person to be portrayed sits before a painter, the final work represents liveliness and here and now effect. The painting below is the final work done on the preparatory drawing done as above. The artist should have freedom to have required alteration so as to make the portrait looking natural and more speaking. The portrait done by Hobein d. j. Hans is the example of the necessity of doing some alterations.

The painting given here is the final work done on the preparatory drawing done as above. The artist should have freedom to have required alteration so as to make the portrait looking natural and more speaking. (Images Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

OTHER PORTRAITS/PAINTINGS OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN

Suzanne Valadon was a French painter. Here she had modelled for Renoir Girl Braiding Her Hair. In his late years of life Renoir had cultivated interest in classic art with the brush of an impressionist. He concentrated on ensuring that how the sunlight affects flesh tones. Renoir was very much affected by the beautiful models who worked for him. Here a lady painter herself had posed as a model for the painting. READ FURTHER>>>


Dante Gabriel Rossetti is the artist who had drawn above pencil drawing. He was an English poet and a painter of mid and late 19 th century. The lady who had sat as a model for many of Rossetti’s paintings is Jane Morris. In pre- Raphael period the painter chose their near relatives as models for their painters, especially the female models. READ FURTHER>>>



John Smart: While painting a portrait of a person, the artist must learn the structure of the face first. Then comes the idea about the structure and defining of the anatomy. There after the painter can use his or her knowledge starting with the simple drawings of the form to the finalization of the portrait. READ FURTHER>>>




In this portrait Ingress had displayed most of the characteristics his paintings were known to be possessing. After Ingres completed many illustrious portraits of the people of royal families and other people, he got the commission for painting this portrait of an extraordinary beautiful lady. READ FURTHER>>>
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