A portrait (the French word portrait) is an image of a person’s appearance and personality. The first portraits appeared several thousand years ago in ancient Egypt. They were huge stone images of Egyptian pharaohs. In order to make such a sculpture, thousands of people worked for several years.
Since then, a lot of time has passed, but the artists both painted the portrait and continue to paint. When creating a portrait, the main task of the artist is a true image of the model. This means not only a banal copy of the appearance of the person being portrayed-clothing, hair, jewelry, but also the transfer of his inner world, character. After all, if you do not try to convey the person as a person, then the portrait will be superficial and not saying anything.
Female portrait by Pinot Denis (oil on canvas)
What is the best way to do when it is necessary to Express such concepts as similarity, character, and personality in a portrait? First, it is necessary to study the main features of the person being portrayed, the characteristic features of his face, pay attention to his manner of behavior – whether he is calm or on the contrary energetic.
Second, if you don’t know someone, you need to get to know them better. To do this, you can use a normal conversation, because how else can you get to know a person better, if not during a conversation with him. The motive for creating a portrait can be anything – from the usual order, which happens most often, to the desire to capture the memory of a loved one.
When creating a portrait, first of all, you should pay attention to the fact that the General shape of the head (face) determines all the forms of details (nose, ears, eyes, mouth, etc.) and possible other remarkable features of the person, otherwise the depicted face will be fragmented, not shared. This applies to both detail and color.
Everything should be subordinated to the General composition. By influencing the composition, the artist influences the image in a creative sense.
What is interesting about portraits? Looking at images of people who lived a few years ago, and maybe even a few centuries, we see the history of mankind. After all, artists are contemporaries of those who are portrayed, which means that they accurately convey that era, giving historians a lot of additional information. Portraits of famous historical figures are particularly interesting. After all, as mentioned earlier, we can learn from them not only the appearance, but also look into the inner world of a person.