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Re: Portraits


Date: Fri Mar 19 2004 - 05:47:52 PST

In a message dated 3/18/2004 6:28:26 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:

Your student's portraits are excellent. I thought some of the thumbnails
were actually photographs until I enlarged them! Did you use gridding to
create some of these?

(Perth, Western Australia)
No, we don't use gridding but I have them practice proportions and placement
of the facial feature for a while before they start. They turn in a practice
page and do a preliminary on a small piece of paper before they transfer the
newsprint sketch onto the toned paper. The toned paper is the key to the
realism and they use it as the value between the white and the black never touching
each other.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher, Leigh High School, San Jose, CA