Monday, March 17, 2014

What is the secret to a great portrait like the Mona Lisa?

How to draw portraits | How to paint with watercolors | Find out how to paint portraits at http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-is-secret-to-great-portrait-like.html

No Teeth! by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

 

Smiles are a beautiful thing, and everyone looks better when wearing a smile-- but a genuine subtle smile, like the Mona Lisa, makes for the most beautiful expression for a portrait painting. Whenever I take photos of my kids, and also my portrait clients, I always advise them to give me a "Mona Lisa smile."


In this wonderful video, one female art portrait morphs into the next. You will notice that in all of them the women wear either a faint closed mouth smile or an slight smirk with slightly parted lips. There are no big toothy smiles in any of these portraits.





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I teach posing tricks like this and many more in my upcoming Watercolor Secrets for Painting Portraits class!

Want to sign up for my portrait class?

This class is a  self-paced class meaning you can jump in at any time and explore the lessons at your own convenience and pace. Looking forward to "seeing" you in my online class!
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