- Choose 2 contrasting sides of your personality.
- Create a diptych of 2 images, 1 image for each side of your personality.
- Start by writing down a list of your personalities.
- Pick 2 personalities from your list to create your diptych.
A diptych is a single artwork that is comprised of 2 separate images that work together.
- Play around with various formats at the thumbnail sketch stage.
- Consider how the 2 images will interact, are they side by side?
- Is one image placed on top of the other?
- Are the 2 images offset so that 1 image is placed higher the other?
- To create a range of facial expressions, we recommend shooting reference photos of yourself.
- Watch our tutorial on how to shoot your own reference photos, and review the slideshow with examples.
- Take the time to figure out and play with the lighting situation, try to create visible shadows and highlights.
- Poor lighting can make the reference photo very flat, which in turn will make the drawing process much tougher than it needs to be.
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- Consider how the 2 sides of your personality play off each other, the more different they are from each other, the more dramatic the contrast will be between them.
- Aim to exaggerate the facial expressions as much as you can!
- Realistic portraits are not the goal of this prompt
- Dramatically distort and stylize your portraits as much as possible to emphasize the personality trait you are portraying.
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