One of the most important pieces of advice for painting a portrait is to draw what you see, rather than what you think you see.

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It’s very easy as an artist to start drawing in details that you assume are there, altering the image without realizing it – however, this will leave you staring at a finished piece that bears no resemblance to your model, wondering why you can’t get a good likeness. If you constantly analyze your reference throughout, you’ll have a much stronger piece at the end.

Marcus J Ranum has given his permission for us to base this portrait on his photograph of Miss Mosh. You can download this royalty-free stock image for free from; check out his website ( for more royalty-free stock images.

Software used

Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

3 hours

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