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key success of portrait painting
Discuss with your client. Study Maslow's
hierarchy of needs. For portrait where you want
to depict Power, Wealth, Self Realization or
social change the person has brought then full
length portraits will do. For portraits which
makes emotional appeals (e.g Your grandmother)
the focus is on capturing emotions so quarter or
half size will do.
You need to plan it well. Capture most
staggering things you noticed in the object.
Add adjectives to it. Make a list. "straight"
Nose, "broad" Shoulders etc. Now decide start
points and end points of every part in the body
structure. Lips, eyes, shoulders, etc. should
have right start and end points.
Why most cat portraits show full face of the Cat?
Why does most portraits of the kings or the
wealthy people show full lengths. It is because
o f personality highlighters each objects has.
CatsEyes. Wealthy man/kingComplete
stature/how he was or is?
What Mona Lisa is most famous for? The Smile. The
expressions make a world of difference. Not all
portraits of Napoleon show same expressions. It
is painter's understanding about that person and
the expression which has appealed to her/him the
most. The portrait is just an extension of what
emotions/expressions the painter is mostly
attracted towards in the personality of the
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