Hello everyone! Hope you can help me with this.
I've been practicing my portrait drawings seriously for almost a year now and learning anatomy from life and pictures. I wouldn't say I'm good at it, but the main thing I want to know is how do I capture the 'essence' of a living human in my portrait drawings? You know how sometimes you look at some portraits and you thought its a photograph because it just looks so real. And I'm not just talking about the anatomical and tonal aspect but how you can tell what the person in that photo-realistic portrait feels and think.
I just can't get the realistic, living/breathing element in my drawings. I think it looks too stiff and 'dead'. This could be mainly due to my using photographic references instead of life, but its hard to get a model to pose for hours with the same expression.
So what kind of practice should I do to help achieve a more lively, convincing portrait drawing?
I would also like to know what you guys think my strengths are in my drawings as well as general weaknesses.
Thank you so, so much. I'd appreciate any sincere criticism.