He e’rybody! Here’s a question for ya. When doing a portrait and you see say, uneven eyes, do we change and straighten them as long as we can get it to look like the person? Yes I would think so. I have never seen a symmetrical face-there’s always a bit here or there that contributes to the person’s uniqueness. But if something is way off…I may split the difference because:
A LOT of people I’ve dealt with are completely unfamiliar with a family member’s face that they’ve asked me to paint. Recently, I was asked to paint a child’s face, so I met her, spent some time with her and took photos. I am in no way a portrait artist, the person just wants a fun representation of her with a big fat smile on her face and I’m happy for the practice. My point: She happend to have 2 very crooked front teeth coming in! So I asked how do they want me to paint her teeth? “As they are in life or straighten them somewhat? And I will include the space of course.” Well, I uh I guess I shouldn’t have mentioned it at all and just straightened them enough. Kind of like the airbrushing in magazines when they don’t go too far! This person didn’t even know her granddaughter had a space in her two front teeth. Well, so did her mother and so did she! It was a strong family trait that was adorable. She ‘never noticed’ she said. Yikes! Now this may be an extreme example of a non-visual, non observant person-ok-oblivious!! person but my question remains.
Do we “FIX” something or leave it alone?
A side note: I love when a “portrait” is not just a straight-on face but captures gobs of personality like Carol’s Maddie, I’ve always adored it and want to capture my own kids (grown now) someday!