We begin with a digital photo of an actor. There are a few important points to follow when taking the photo to make the transformation most effective. Since we are developing a line drawing, the most important variable is to have as much contrast as possible between the actor and the background.
- Place your actor against a background that contrasts with their skin and hair color, either black or white. The ideal is a “seamless” backdrop, such as a white paper roll extending from above the actor’s head to the floor past his/her feet. An old window blind is ideal. A tightly hung plain sheet will also work well.
- Dress your actor in dark, body-hugging clothing. Include the feet, using black socks or tights. If your actor is very pale and you are using a dark backdrop, reverse the colors and dress the actor in pale colors against a black backdrop. Again, the key is maximum contrast between actor and background.
- Use as much light as possible. Side lights are important.
- Use the flash when taking the picture.
- Take a few different angles or poses, as well as side views and back views.
- Take a separate close-up of the actor's face to use as for a Make-Up Design Template.