Tihe need to depict a person's individual characteristics sets portrait drawing apart from figure drawing. The best approach to take when you draw a portrait is to study the construction and form of the head, noting the proportions of particular features in relation to the size of the face. You may like to experiment with the lighting to create an atmosphere or reflect the mood of the sitter and such unusual effects may help you to look at your subject in a fresh way. If you need to gain practice capturing a human likeness, try drawing a self portrait so that you can study at your own leisure.
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