Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Close-up Portrait

Direct Observation: The portrait can be of you or someone else. It must be done from life and NOT a photograph.


Zoom in and concentrate on the details. Get every pore, hair, zit, beauty mark...




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Create this drawing larger than life. Try it on a sheet of A3 or even A2 paper

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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