Traditional Portraits. If your intention is to create traditional (realistic) portraits of individuals from life, eventually you will find straight-on views, eyes forward, shoulders square, disappointing. You decide the human interest or the personal element is missing in capturing him or her.

When this stage came for me, through boredom and frustration, I changed my viewpoint. Literally. I tried asymmetry.

That’s a fancy term for finding other angles on your subject’s pose besides the one described at the top. Actually this view of Ghesline is not far from straight-on at all. But I found it only takes a little move to make a lot of difference.

Be active. Walk around your model; get closer; get farther. Find some part of her face that stands out from a new angle, one that brings out something strong –about her effect on you.

Recent posts of Ghesline portraits here and here are useful–to grasp how different this woman can look, depending on the angle.

For the painting used in this post, the model herself parted her long blond hair dramatically sideways. It created a strong angle across her even features, which she also turned away slightly from the artist. Helpful model!