Focus on Features
Colored Pencil on Toned Paper
More homework assignments for my portrait drawing class...
Focusing on drawing specific facial features demonstrates the variation between individuals. We only have to think of a loved one, or favorite celebrity to realize just how important individual features are in defining the certain 'look' of a person.
But, when someone says they can pick someone out of a crowd because of their uniqueness it is often the overall shape and size of the person that our eye picks up on when scanning a large group of people.
The facial features are more important to confirm the identity of the person once we locate the individual within the crowd and are able to have a closer look at their face.
How many times have you been sure the person coming towards you is someone you know... you start trying to make eye contact, smiling as they get closer... and just before you say their name, you realize it isn't them?
Just one of life's more awkward moments...