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The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head Paperback – January 1, 2004
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Overall, it's one of the clearest and most useful drawing instruction books that I've seen.Read more ›
He's clear about the materials (a white and a sanguine Stabilo pastel pencil)--even how to sharpen the pastel pencils -- and suggests a simplified 4-value structure. He points out how important the light is on a head. He can be forgiven the repetition, a section on drawing monsters by combining animal and human heads, and a section on color that should have been left out.
In this book you will learn:
An extraordinarily simple and instinctive understanding of how shadows really work. Chiurascuro is a fancy word for how shadow forms are shaped and he'll teach you how to see it and render it. This is the secret to realistic drawing.
How value works. Value is really just how dark or light something is, but there is a logic to it that ties into painting and drawing. You will also draw MUCH faster with more convincing results. The curious color of paper and charcoal Bill uses in this book simplifies values to become easier to render, instead of ten shades of darkness he compresses it to five, thus making it easier for you to understand. From there you can apply it to white paper or canvas and any color medium you want. All tools he teaches you to use here are instinctive and excellent.
The proper proportions for the head and face no matter the sex, age, or ethnicity of the subject.
An incredibly fast, effective, and instinctive drawing technique that WILL translate into other media and other subjects.
Sincerely, these are the core fundamentals. These are techniques rarely taught in school or presented in books.Read more ›
The whole premise of this book is that drawing shadow shapes accurately and expressively produces great portraits. I am self-taught and it is THE book that made a difference in my approach to portrait drawing, and drawing in general.
The author focuses on key aspects of rendering the head beginning with gesture. Then he addresses different features--eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and hair, with useful tips for each. Once you have developed your seeing and rendering skills, you should be able to draw the head from any angle. The author correctly does not focus on this. It will come naturally.
He also provides tips for using color. Again, once you know the basics about shapes, values, etc, you should be able to render these in any medium. Finally, the hybrid animal/human drawings are included simply to make the point that any face can be constructed once you have mastered the basics.
All in all one of the best art instruction books ever. I would go so far as to say that I do not need to read another book on portraiture after this one. It has been that good for me.
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I think Mr. Maughan's methods are valuable for any artist wishing to achieve a naturalistic style to follow. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gina C Camozzi
This is a required book for a class I am taking. Maughan's approach to drawing, and painting for that matter, will surely cause your skills to skyrocket! Read morePublished 2 months ago by suzizdashiz
This is very good, with all the basic foundation for drawing any subject.Published 2 months ago by Galina
Honestly, this is one of those books that shows you the same picture over and over again and it just gives you steps on how they got to the final image. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shannon G.