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How Pencil Portraits Can Improve on Your Photos

 

 


 

 

A photograph may be ideal for a portrait in many ways, but have poor

contrast, an ugly background, red-eye etc. In such cases, a

pencil portrait can improve on the original, as the artist can omit

unwanted objects, re-compose, or improvise, as the following

examples demonstrate:

 

 

1. Here the artist reduced the blue tones and altered the background:

 

 

           

 

 

2. In the following portrait, the artist flattered the teeth by request:

 

 

           

 

 

3. In this example, light was added and a tree helps frame the portrait:

 

 

           

 

 

4. Here, the artist removed the grass stems from the pet's face and

fixed the eyes:

 

 

            

 

 

5. In this pencil portrait, the artist adjusted contrast levels:

 

 

           

 

 

6. Below, the portrait's composition was improved by adding to the area

of water and decreasing that of the sky:

 

 

            

 

 

7. Here, the artist enhanced the hair using another photograph:

 

 

           

 

 

8. With this pet portrait, the surroundings and perspective were changed:

 

 

               

 

 

9. The artist added a face from a different photo into this pencil sketch:

 

 

          

 

 

10. With landscapes or buildings too, unsightly items like cars can be

omitted from a pencil sketch:

 

 

          

 

(Photo: Dr Neil Clifton)