Thursday, May 9, 2013

Personal Profile

graphite rendering

acrylic on board

The above pencil rendering is of a British Regular reenactor from the American Revolution at the Battle of Monmouth sometime in the 1990s.
 A profile of a face has more visual information about the character of an individual than does the frontal view. Studies have indicated that people are more apt to remember a person’s profile than a frontal view.
A contour is the edge of a form. There is only one available contour edge visually discernible for each vantage point. From the above vantage point the contoured edge just happens to be the silhouette.
From this angle we can compare the projection of the different facial features (e.g., nose, forehead, and chin).
In the frontal viewpoint the depth is indiscernible due to the head-on placement of the facial features. Some people may be surprised to find out that their favorite TV newscaster has a nose the size of Manhattan.
When sculpting or drawing a figure, the front vantage point provides the least information regarding form.
Above also  an acrylic painting on masonite of the same individual.


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