Step 1 - Choosing an Image
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Start with a photocopy or photograph of the image you wish to use for your Pop Art Portrait. For this demonstration we have chosen a detail of Leonardo's Mona Lisa, the most famous portrait in the history of art, but you could use any image that you want.
Note: It is best to use black and white images that have a strong contrast between their areas of dark and light. We sourced a color image of the Mona Lisa which we photocopied into black and white. It is also helpful, as you will discover later in this lesson, that the proportions of your image can be divided into squares. To this end we have cropped the edges of our Mona Lisa so that it fits into a 4x5 square grid (Click on the flip icon to view these stages).
Step 2 - Outline the Areas of Dark and Light
Draw an outline to simplify and separate the main areas of dark and light in the image. It is best to keep the outline strong and simple without too much detail.
Step 3 - Trace and Transfer
Trace and transfer your outline drawing onto a fresh sheet of paper. You can do this by using tracing paper or a lightbox.
Step 4 - Adding Tone
Shade in the dark areas of your drawing to re-establish the basic tones of the original portrait. This will help you when it comes to selecting appropriate tones, colors, patterns and textures for your image.
Step 5 - Making a Template Image
Finally, draw a square grid over the image. This will help you transfer your drawing section by section to any scale that you require. On completion you can erase the grid lines.
Your drawing is now ready to use as a template to produce a range of Pop Art Portraits using color, tone, pattern and texture as illustrated in our examples below.
Note: You also have the option of printing any of our eighteen different template portraits that you can reach by clicking on the pop art portrait templates at the bottom of each page.