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How Portrait Painters Paint You

July 27th, 2015 11:13 pm

These steps are described in this article, and they provide a foundation that you may use to paint portraits on your own.

#1: Place The Head On The Canvas

A portrait may be a headshot or full body scene. A headshot portrait finds the head in the center of the canvas. You can easily find the center of the canvas using a ruler or tape measure. A full body portrait requires more delicate head placement before you continue.

#2: Create Shadows Around The Hair

Creating shadows around the hair solidifies the placement of the head. A portrait artist can complete more details once they have created clear boundaries around the head of their subject.

Shadows may also be blurrier versions of hair, with softer colors and less defined brushmarks; shadows within the subject’s hair or on another object behind them will vary depending on the focus of the light.

#3: Create Shadows On The Bottom Of The Face

Shadows on the bottom of the face help to create the jaw line that the artist needs. These shadows also create the base for the neckline of your subject. These shadows may obscure the neckline, or they can create the boundaries of the neck and collarbone.

#4: Adding Flesh Tones To The Face

Flesh tones are added to the face until the artist has found the right complexion. Shadows on the face cannot be added until the proper skin tone is created, but the artist can begin creating shadows as they paint. The flesh tones take the most time because they must match the subject perfectly. Incorrect flesh tones may create the wrong impression of the subject, and tones that are too dark obscure the features of the face.

#5: Refining The Background

The background of the portrait accentuates the details on the face of the subject. The artist must shade the background to an appropriate color, and the background completes the portrait for the subject.

These five simple steps may take a lifetime to master, but they are the basics used by any artist who paints portraits. Ask your artist to walk you through the steps, and ask to see the steps of the process as your portrait is painted.

Becoming a Stand Up Comedian

July 27th, 2015 11:12 pm

Some people enjoy going to the comedy clubs just to mess with the stand up comedians. They have created a technique for getting under your skin. When this happens, remain in control and do not make it personal. This may be very difficult at first, but if you let them get to you your show can spiral out of control.

Use Their Own Lines

Hecklers are playing a psychological game built around insults, which is why it is good to have a few up your sleeve to use as comebacks. As you progress toward becoming a stand up comedian, you will learn that you cannot throw insults at women as hard as you do men — even when they deserve it. This may sound sexist, but it is a reality in becoming a stand up comedian. It is inherently built into humans to protect women. There is a fine line that is created when dealing with female hecklers, but thankfully they are much fewer than male hecklers. If you insult women too harshly, the whole audience will likely turn on you very quickly. However, if you do not force them to stop, they will ruin your show.

Encourage Them to Do More

Becoming a stand up comedian will require an understanding of how to deal with hecklers. Encouraging the heckler to do more puts more focus on them, and you can call them out for not being able to come up with more comments. On the chance that they do come up with a really good one, force them to come up with more. They will quickly become embarrassed because you have coerced them to keep going and they have run out of material.

Remember that as you do this, you need to remain playful with your comments. You want the heckler to know that they are not welcome to talk, but you also want to keep the audience on your side as you hone your ability of becoming a stand up comedian of a higher caliber.

Simply Ask the Heckler to Stop

This may seem so simple, but becoming a stand up comedian does not always require complex strategies. Most hecklers believe they are helping you, so taking a moment to nicely ask that they stop will, more often than not, get them to stop. You may need to make a side comment about how you are not as good as they are to satisfy their ego before they stop. Whichever way you ask them, if it is pleasant your audience will stay in your favor and the heckler will stop without any further interruptions. If this doesn’t work, then by all means begin throwing your funny and witty insults.