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By November 30, 2012

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portrait of Gillis van Breen by Hendrik GoltziusFaces are probably the most popular subject among Drawing/Sketching readers. The human face is certainly interesting to draw, with so many possibilities for exploring unique characters and expressing emotion though drawing. It's important to think about your whole composition - too often we see very bland, central, symmetrical composition in portrait drawing. Sure, it can work, but it's also a missed opportunity - how you arrange your subject on the page can help to tell the 'story' about your sitter. Watch out for boring lighting, too - flat lighting makes it so much harder to show three dimensions. For more tips to improve your portrait drawing and new approaches to try, check out these portrait drawing ideas.

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