Good Morning Forum,
I want to be an all around great painter dabbling in different genres... I enjoy portraits so much, landscapes and seascapes, urbanscapes and still life... I love them all and want to be able to master all the different genres...
My latest attempt at a portrait was an epic fail... although the painting was well done, the values and tones matched, the person looked real... but, it wasn't a portrait of my sitter... but rather a portrait of a person that sorta kinda resembled her... I was working from a picture, my measurements seem spot on... so why is it off? and the issue is I can;t really tell where I went wrong... That was last week, this week, in a sketch book, I am giving it another try with a different sitter or person that I am trying to sketch... i'm close - close but no cigar... the portrait...its just not him.. I use the grid method - and the photograph i'm using is divided in the same way... any tips? should I just stop using the grid method and try something else?
Also, if porportions truly was my problem, how can we explain caricatures? Caricatures are almost always disproportional... they shouldn't work right?, if the proportions where that important for recognizing a face.
For example look at the great paintings of Sebastian Krüger. In most of his caricatures the proportions are completely displaced but you still won’t have any problem to identify the persons caricatured.
It seems like the relation between the size and distance of parts of the face are not that important for the recognition value of a face