The three basic portrait poses

In portrait drawing, artists have traditionally posed their models (or themselves in self-portraits) in one of three views:

• Full face: The model faces the artist directly with both sides of the model's face fully visible to the artist.

• Profile: The view you drew in the last exercises. The model faces toward the artist's left or right and only one side (one half) of the model's face is visible to the artist.

• Three-quarter view: The model makes a half-turn toward the artist's left or right, making visible to the artist three-quarters of the model's face—the profile (one half) plus one quarter of the remaining half-face.

Note that the full-face and profile views are relatively invariant, while the three-quarter view can vary from an almost profile to an almost full-face pose and still be called a "three-quarter view."

John Singer Sargent Olimpio

John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925.

Study for "Madame X." Courtesy of

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Frances Ormond and Miss Emily Sargent, 1931

John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925.

Study for "Madame X." Courtesy of

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Frances Ormond and Miss Emily Sargent, 1931

Olimpio Fusco

John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925. Olimpio Fusco, c. 1905-15? Courtesy of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-82. Jane Burden, Later Mrs. William Morris, as Queen Guinevere. Courtesy of The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925. Olimpio Fusco, c. 1905-15? Courtesy of The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1828-82. Jane Burden, Later Mrs. William Morris, as Queen Guinevere. Courtesy of The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.

Olimpio Fusco
Fig. 10-6.
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