Faceless Portraits

Faceless Portraits

Portrait photography can tell alot about a subject. However, when we remove the most common element of a portrait, the face, the story changes. Now, the image can tell even more according to the desire of the artist. How a portrait is used in a composition becomes the focus, rather then the portrait simply being the focus. Your photography become "Conceptual"


Remember: All Epic Design Quests require documentation of your design process. Be sure you are very familiar with the design process before beginning any Epic Quest.


To begin this project now you may click Accept.


ALWAYS read the entire quest before beginning to ensure you understand all requirements. Remember the process is worth at least half of the project grade. 


Create your new project page titled "Faceless Portrait"Now copy and paste the following as you will need to complete and document these 7 steps on the your design process:

  1. Understand the Problem
  2. Research and Investigate
  3. Generate Possible Solutions
  4. Select AND DEVELOP Best Solution 
  5. Model and Prototype (Create)
  6. Test and Evaluate
  7. Produce


LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Utilize a simple subject matter in a creative and interpretive way to visually communicate a feeling, emotion, and story. Demonstrate application of Concept.

  • Plan and Produce 2 Final portrait compositions
  • Create a photo that has emotional impact WITHOUT faces
  • Showing emotion does not require facial expressions
  • Use creative problem solving for a inspired and original solution
  • Demonstrate how you used problem solving skills in your design process
  • Explore and demonstrate at least one NEW digital skill or technique (It is not required that you use the skill in your final solution)




  1. At Least One Proofsheet
  2. Project Page documenting Entire Design Process
  3. 2 final prints
  4. optional matting



1. Consider what the goal of your photography is

  • How can emotion be shown in a photograph?
  • Why are you photographing "faceless" portraits?
  • What are you exploring in this assignment?
  • What is a Portrait?

Always record all resources either as a cited sources or a web linked resource with documentation

     Design Process STAGE 2: Research and Investigate

2. Research information topic thoroughly

  • Research your purpose. Clarify what is needed to be successful.
  • Learn about technique used for portraits
  • Learn What emotion is
  • The more information you have about the people place concept of a project, the more inventive and creative you can be as you brainstorm design ideas.

FIND INSPIRATION and document it!

Suggested Resources: of course always Flickr and Pinterest

Student Gallery (none yet)

DP Review
Trend Hunter
National Geographic
Light Stalking


     Design Process STAGE 3: Generate Possible Solutions

3. Brainstorm ideas for visual imagery representing elements of your topic -- Show your brainstorming as idea webs, clouds, lists, found imagery, small sketches of elements (the more the better)

  • Brainstorm - Locations, Models, Colors, a "story"
  • Brainstorm - What is the idea/emotion behind your portrait
    • HINT: it should be more than a photo of a person

4. Begin ideas for your concept (once you have plan for who and what)

  • Sketch possible compositions (light, space, angles, setting, props?)
  • document multiple sketched ideas on your page
  • PLANNING is often the difference between "nice" and "awesome"!


     Design Process STAGE 4: Select and Develop Best Solution

5. Select the best solution

  • Critique all your attempts and consider how a different approaches may offer more success
  • Consider the best digital options for development
  • Consider different options of that same great idea
    • how could that same idea be shot in different locations, times, color, props


      Design Process STAGE 5: Model and Prototype (Create)

6. Begin production of your design

  • Be aware of your image size
  • Practice, develop or refine new technical skills you are exploring.
  • EXPLORE creative ANY manipulation techniques available to you!
  • Remember Craftsmanship matters. It shows you care!
  • Maintain originality
  • Document your thoughts of difficulties, failures, and challenges
  • RESHOOT when necessary


     Design Process STAGE 6: Test and Evaluate

7. Self-reflect on your design

  • self-reflect and carefully evaluate your successes and failures
  • How could you take it further or improve?
  • Do a Self-Critique and ask others as well
  • Consider asking the Captain for a brief In-Progress Critique


     Design Process STAGE 7: Produce

8. Turn in the final .JPG and Print

  • Turn 2 files into the captain's server
  • Title final images as: lastname_firstname_candid1.jpg
  • Get final printed and mounted
  • Finalize Project Page with full self-reflection
    • successes
    • struggles
    • improvements
    • what you learned
  • Complete our grade sheet



COMPLETE: You need a fully finished project page included all scanned sketchbook work with captions. Turn your your finished artwork to the Captain's Server. Finally Paste the URL to your project page below and you may then click complete.

Great Work Design Agent.

Amazing work, Visitor.

Be Proud.

MASTERY: To earn your mastery:

  • Get your artwork matted or mounted
  • Actively participate in the class critique
  • Go hang the finished piece on the Critique wall at the front of the classroom. Other's need to see what you have accomplished.

You are a truly special talent, Visitor!

There is greatness in your future!!

As an added Bonus if your Artwork is displayed in the Hall please claim the bonus loot with Extra Mastery.

You make your Captain and your school Proud.

You might want to consider submitting your artwork in competitions in the future. You deserve to be recognized on bigger stages!

Skip to toolbar