Proportions of the Face and Body in Art for Makeup Artists


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Makeup Artists are masters at illusion.  We manipulate the shapes and features of the face and body with our artistry.  We cannot achieve this without understanding how to correctly determine proportions, shapes, and the anatomical structure of the body.
In studying anatomy drawing, you learn, for example, individual skeletal or muscular size, shapes, and functions. The functions and proportions are key in creating realism. There are fundamental drawing skills that teach you value, form, light, and shadows, as well as how these elements fall onto the surface of the face and body. For example, if you do not understand the shape and function of a muscle, your placement of highlight and shadow, a tattoo, body paint, or prosthetic will be off and therefore unsuccessful.
Painting, drawing, and understanding thebody will give you the skills and ability to understand how to change facial features and alter an individual’s features to look like something or someone else. Your artistry will move with the subject, making it look more authentic. This is a very important lesson used in all areas of makeup artistry. According to Feher, “anatomy is an applied science which underpins fine art, the study of structure is essential for artistic representation. The skeleton, joints and muscular system of a creature determine its proportions and the movement of the body.”
To read the rest of chapter one of The Makeup Artist Handbook, click here.

 Excerpted from The Makeup Artist Handbook by Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall © 2011 Elsevier.  All rights Reserved.



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   Sam MacDonald said on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

It’s amazing what the artists, in the make up, genre. They create magic, plain and simple.

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