Everybody has at least one defining feature, the thing that makes them look like themselves and nobody else. When you're drawing somebody's portrait, you want to get that feature just right.
Sara Barnes
Drawing heads and faces that look like actual humans is tricky. Brace yourself for an instant "Nope!" if something seems off, because people spend all day looking at each other. You can't really fool anyone.
Paul Heaston
Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat: The Impressionists were rock stars. These artists and their peers revolutionized painting and paved the way for what we now know as modern art.
Sandrine Pelissier
Bringing a person to life with just a pencil and a piece of paper is a magical thing — and a really good reason to learn how to sketch.
Antonella Avogadro
The eyes always have it — and with good reason. When we meet someone, we notice the eyes first. When we speak to other people, we look into their eyes. Eyes draw us in and tell us what we need to know about a person.
Sara Barnes
You might think that you can't create a lifelike portrait without having a good eye. That's partly true. But mostly, portrait painting requires technique. And luckily, that’s something you can learn.
Antonella Avogadro
Eyes are one — well, two — of the greatest challenges in portrait photography. A portrait with expressive eyes will grab the viewer. But the reverse is true, too: If the eyes are dull or blurry, the viewer's gonna look away. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help you get the effect you want.
Nicholas Donner
The final portion of the main competition comes from the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The sitters are singer/songwriter of The Divine Comedy Neil Hannon, Star Trek actor Colm Meaney and violinist Sharon Corr, formerly of the band The Corrs.
Within the hallowed walls of Life Drawing Room at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools in London, the seven semifinalists face their most daunting challenge yet: a double portrait. Not only will they have to capture a likeness, but the judges challenge the artists to interpret the relationship between two sitters with truly opposing views: Professor Richard Dawkins and the Reverend Sally Hitchiner.
At The Wallace Collection in central London, hosts Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell welcome 12 talented artists who will create portraits paint soccer legend Sol Campbell, veteran broadcaster John Humphrys and Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams.
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