When drawing we usually draw from photos these days. It is rare when I get to draw from life so I’m used to it. Photos can be distorted or capture light in funny ways. You have to start with a good photo with excellent light or you may as well give up before beginning. Invariably I will get someone approaching me to draw their child or grandchild but they give me a photo taken from above so the proportions are distorted, or one with such bad lighting that the face is absolutely flat. Or worse, they give me a photo taken with a flash. Flash is deadly to artists. It completely removes all shadows. Sure it looks like your precious darling in the photo because that’s a photo, but doing a drawing the features would appear flat and lifeless without some shadow to mold the face and give 3 dimensions. Always take the photo outside from the eye-level of the child if possible and not YOUR eye level. DON’T USE FLASH. Make sure the light is coming from one side not directly above. Good shadows are a must for good drawings.
These are from my 100 days of children challenge. In this section I am using days 23 through day 34 as examples.
What do you think?