Facial Proportion Grade 2
This painting is probably the most famous portrait in the entire world! It was painted by an artist named Leonardo da Vinci. Leondardo was a master at making his paintings look like the person he was trying to paint. Do you know this painting?
I hope you guessed: The Mona Lisa • Leonardo once wrote, “Know the proportions in human beings and other animals and learn the forms of all things on the earth. The more you know, the better you will paint.”
Leo’s Notebook • Leonardo was constantly taking notes about the world around him. He filled many notebooks with sketches of animals, people, and nature. • He took many measurements and was always trying to find a perfect balance so that his art had proportion. • You have an art journal too—just like Leonardo da Vinci!
Proportion • Proportion means that you make the parts fit well with each other.
The Self Portrait: • Here’s a drawing Leonardo drew of himself as an old man. • A picture that an artist makes of him/herself is called a self portrait.
Face Mapping • Face Mapping is a technique used to set up the proportion of the features on a face.
Just like a map that you would use to find out where you’re going or where places are located, you can “map” the human face.
By setting up guide lines that act as roads, you can figure out where parts go and how large they should be. • This will help make your face look more realistic. • With some practice, maybe you’ll be the next Leonardo da Vinci!