how to choose a photo for a portrait

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make sure photos include

  • Good sources of light! Notice if there is a clear light source & shadows on one side of the face

  • Clarity (no blurry ones - the ones on your phone usually work great!)

  • OPTIONS (please send at least 2-5 options for Katie to choose from) 

  • Close-ups

  • Flattering poses

  • Non-copyrighted photos (that have a legal owner other than you)

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NO!

Poor Photo Choice

Notice the lack of shadows in this photo. Photos with direct light source or a flash look like outlines in a painting & charcoal with no real depth or contrast because my work focus on shadows and light.

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YES!

Excellent Photo Choice

Notice the excellent shadows in this photo. Photos with a strong, but indirect, light source make excellent paintings and charcoals because my work focuses on shadows and light.

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example painting

Pictured left is an oil painting done exclusively with palette knives. 

what works:

The facial expressions are flattering of all three subjects.

what could be better:

The subjects have a window directly in front of them, so some of their features don't have a lot of depth. You can mainly see eyes, nostrils, and lips without any shadows.

 

things to consider

  • STYLE! Katie's style is "modern impressionism" which means she focuses on light and shadows as opposed to realism. 

  • Charcoal is way more like chalk than pencil, so the more people are in a photo - the fewer details will show

  • Charcoal portraits are more detailed with 1-2 subjects

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