Portrait Vocabulary

Learn the definition of the words below to help you to describe artwork and artefacts in both your critical studies and class work.

Expressive Where the subject, colour and/or material application create an emotional impact.

Model The person posing for the artist.

Natural Colour that looks like the actual object, place, surface.

Scale Real distance, shown as smaller, to fit on a piece of paper.

Portrait A painting, drawing or photograph of a person, often just the face.

Shape The outline of an object and the way in which we recognise it.

Proportion The relationship of one thing to another in terms of size.

Shading Techniques using lines or marks to make an object look 3-D or shadowy or partly lit.

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