Reference photos
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Photographs contain some information about three-dimensional objects, but that information has to be interpreted by experience in painting from life. If you have little or no experience painting from life, don't rely on photographs. If there is no one to pose for you, paint self-portraits and still lifes and copy portraits by master artists until you are familiar with what photographs are telling you about three-dimensional forms. A novice painting from a photograph turns out a painting that looks like it was painted from a photograph. They call them "photo references" for a reason - you refer to them for information about shape, size and relationships, but you paint the forms from experience.
Topic 1
Term ~ definition. Elaboration.
Margin note.
Step 1
The structure of the face is hard to see because the values are washed out.
A recent copy of a photo taken around 1920 scanned into Photoshop.
Step 2
Step 3
I used shadow/highlight to reduce the lights again; I kept the darks where they were. In the shadow/highlight Alice (above) all the lights were nearly the same.
1 Highlight
2a Light 1
2b Light 2
2c Light 3
3 Halftone
4 Core shadow
5 Reflected light
6 Cast shadow
The information I need to model the face.
Planes of the head mannequin.