One of the common problems and questions I get about portraits is how do I get a likeness? I discuss this and offer some tips on this challenging area. Of course there are many ways to tackle a portrait, here I give some tips based on how I would develop a portrait but if something else works for you, stick with it!
Often I get asked by beginner learners who are very keen to learn art ‘what are the most important skills I need?’ There are many skills involved in being good at art so it is really difficult for me to answer this question. However I do think that there are some fundamental skills in drawing that once learnt can go a long way to help you build a foundation to develop your skills on.
I was set the challenge last year to create a short course in drawing and painting which only had the absolute ‘nuts and bolts’ in it and nothing else. After editing and revising many drafts I was able to come up with a list of the absolute essential skills and these were the areas I identified.