Most of the beginners who learn to draw realistic people are not natural artist. They don’t see the reality of the world around them, they also don’t place the portrait features in correct proportionality. You may encounter problems at the start of every practices, while staring at the piece of white drawing paper. At times, asking yourself questions as in where should be the starting point in drawing people, the features of the portrait, the eyes, nose, facial, etc. Its mainly about finding causes for why it is so difficult to draw realistic people. How should you organize visual information into understandable patterns, or fundamental knowledge about perceptions. There are two factors to understand about perceptions,
Perception as filters through which you see the people, and
Perception changes on how to make you see and draw accurately.
Perception as filters through which you see people. It comes naturally to every learners. You will recognize every people looks differently. Looking at the photographs of your close friends, you know the one standing on your right side is Billy, where the one on your left is Jane. Memory plays an important role as well. You are able to differentiate their facial features and shapes clearly. Processing the visual information through memorizing, recognizing and filtering what is necessary, while others are refer as redundancy. The more identical any two person are, the more specific you have to segregate, absorb and memorize the right information in your perception. Are you able to distinguish the difference between 2 identical twin siblings? That will be a challenge to every portrait artists who wanted to perceive and draw out the correct features of people.
Thus, for an untrained mind will based on memorized patterns or shapes. Features like people must have the nose, eyes, mouth, lips, etc. Memorized patterns are rather standard and simple drawings representing the portrait faces. These that I have mentioned are the fundamental requirement to understand how a non-artist process information, not about techniques to draw accurately.
Perception on how to make you see and draw accurately. Second factor is about how you should change and improve the drawing from the way you have memorized. Perception don’t change easily, unless there is a drastic difference that make you realize the way it looks. The idea must be in tangible manner; factual and not fictional. Real people that you are seeing, not based on memory from the past, or the standard patterns on how kid doodle a face with a pencil. It involved more technical aspect and detailing to achieve realization, thus, allowing perception to change. Two best methods are to look at the real person, face-to-face in a realistic way. And drawing people from a clear photograph in your album. Never try to imagine, look at it constantly. Breakdown and analyze the way you perceive, repeated comparisons between features of realist people and your memorized patterns. Realize and correct; improve and assemble only the filtered information in your thoughts. Then interpret the visual information into drawings. Then you will be able to draw it accurately. Always look at it.
Through this, you will improve naturally without having troubled thoughts on why drawing people is difficult. With the above two factors on perceptions of drawing people, what comes next is about disciplines and practicing. Eventually, its makes you perfect.