Common Portrait Proportion Flaws

Thin Neck

The child in the photo at left has a slender neck, but not this slender! Refer to the photo to see where his neck appears to touch his face and ear.

Not Enough Forehead

Children have proportion­ately larger foreheads than adults do. By making the forehead too small in this example, I've added years to the child's age.

Cheeks Too Round

Children do have round faces, but don't make them look like chipmunks. And be sure to make the ears round, not pointed.

Sticks for Eyelashes

Eyelashes should not stick straight out like spokes on a wheel. And draw the teeth as one shape; don't try to draw each tooth separately.