Artist's Painting Techniques
CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF FIGURES
Including people in your work can bring it to life, but you don’t need to paint individual portraits. If you focus on the overall activity and spacial relationships between people rather than their facial features and details, your gures will become successful, integrated elements of your
Proportion, scale, and space
Proportion and scale are the most important factors when you paint gures, and the most noticeable if they are wrong. It is also important to add space. There are a few basic rules that can make painting gures easier.
Although the proportions of individuals vary, the average adult’s height is roughly
equal to eight head lengths. Children’s body lengths are made up of fewer head lengths the younger they are.
In this painting, the footballers’ shapes have
been simplied to create an impression of movement. Nothing is painted in too much detail to keep the focus on the activity rather than individuals.
Blocking in shapes
Use a no. 6 at brush to roughly block in the three players. Focus on getting the
proportions and positions of the gures right, using approximate colours at
this stage. You can re ne the details later.