Drawing From Photographs

by Jollyon Hooley

K-LEE Having Fun

K-LEE Having Fun

If you are a beginner in the art of drawing, you might find it helpful to draw from photographs as they are really 2D as your drawings will be.

If you've read Betty Edward's book on "drawing on the right side of the brain" you will be aware of her technique of drawing upside-down. In other words turning the photo 180 degrees. As an exercise, get a contrasty photo of someone where the photo has white areas, medium areas of grey and the same with black.

See if you can come up with a good likeness. By turning the image upside-down will force you to see the masses of light and shade rather than the fine details.

This is a very good exercise. Get a black and white photo of a family member or friend--not a cartoon of Donal Duck or other well-known cartoons.

When you've done that, upload your drawing followed by the portrait photo to show the difference.

Do that, and I will send you $10USD for your effort! (Maximum 5 submissions only ).

Contest closes Midnite May 15th 2016.

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