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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces by Carrie Stuart Parks

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SHADE TOOLS Question

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I have stressed throughout the book that you need to be looking at your subject in order to draw it. Even though you are looking at it, your mind will provide information that simply isn’t there or isn’t true.

Most errors occur when the artist loses faith in the viewer. The artist thinks the viewer will not be able to understand what they are looking at, unless that artist puts in every little detail. It doesn’t matter if a part of the photo is missing.

Ask yourself, “Why do you see it?” This simple act forces the artist to question what exactly makes it visible. Is something lighter or darker? Is it separated by a line? If ...

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