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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
The book is titled "How to Draw Faces" so I was, rather naturally, expecting a book that teaches you how to draw faces.

Instead, it's a book with page after page of "demo" faces with blank pages in between for you to copy them on. There are no guides, there are no tips, there are no instructions, save for a brief note--on the copyright page, no less--that tells you how to divide the face into sections. That's it! That's all the help you get. The faces themselves are extremely simplified line drawings. There are no tips on shading, or adding shadows or highlights, or adding color. No tips on how to draw mouths or noses or eyes or hair. Just many pages of super-quick line drawings and no step-by-step instructions.

Plus, all the faces are very similar, as another reviewer pointed out. The eyes are all a bit droopy, and the features are unrealistic--rather cartoonish.

I bought this for my eleven-year-old sister who is an extremely talented budding artist. It might help her to some degree, since she tends to ignore the instructions and simply copy the finished drawing. But I was hoping for something that would be a little more useful in the long run. Something that would encourage good drawing habits and actually -teach- her how to draw faces better.

I can't recommend "How to Draw Faces" at all, but if you're looking for a good art book for kids, I highly recommend Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be. It doesn't focus on faces or people, but it does give excellent lessons on how to draw what you see, with simplistic instructions on drawing shape and form, shadows and highlights, perspective, and so on. My sister has learned a great deal from it, even with just the few lessons we've been able to go over together.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2008
I gave this to my 10 yr old son for Christmas and it really teaches him well how to draw faces. The face is very difficult to draw and this book will really get them on the right path. My husband is a good artist and my son is really taking after him, so they can sit together and draw together and learn together :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2009
This book is simple enough that my children (ages 8 and 10) have been using it since they received it for Christmas. I am not good at drawing and I think it would be helpful to me also. The only negative I can see it that most of the noses on the faces look the same. But for beginners this is a simple book that is a great place to start.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2010
This is a good book for beginners. My daughter is a good artist but has a tough time with faces. This book helps.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2009
I gave this to a six-year-old and it was quickly cast aside. She loves the Usborne books and I will stick with those in the future. The illustrations are poor and confusing. The illustrator should practice with the Usborne books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2010
I bought this book for my nine year old son, who was having great difficulty drawing. He picked it up and immediately began drawing. This is a good basic book for any wanting to learn to draw.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2013
This is a book on how to draw the basic facial structure using a grid to divide sections of the face (eyes go on this line, nose starts here, mouth here...etc.). Each face is a 4 step process. Might be a bit advanced for a 6 year old without supervision. A basic understanding of spacing and proportions may be needed as there are projects involving side view, hair and hat placement. Depth (i.e. shading/lighting) is not an element of these projects. This will be the ultimate challenge for my grandson. Tracing paper will help to encourage learning. I look at these books as basic beginner books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2015
My son likes to draw, but he is no artist. Rather, he is a doodler, who can teach himself to draw simple things. So when I saw this book, I thought it would be just right for him. And I was absolutely right, because Barbara Soloff Levy does an excellent job of simplifying how to draw faces, includes blank pages to practice next to the instructions, and gives lots of different types of faces to learn. Highly recommended!
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on February 25, 2013
Most people will get this book for a person that needs or wants to learn how to draw. This book is great for beginners. No, it doesn't have word for word instructions on how to draw faces but it doesn't advertise that it does. It says it has step by step diagrams and it does. Also, you don't really get that in art class either. Part of being an artist is learning how to look at things and draw them. That is what great artist do! This book will teach young and old a few things on drawing the faces, hair, hats, etc.
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on January 13, 2014
This is the worst instructional face drawing book I've even seen. The 'after' pics in the book are almost all the same as far as facial features. Imagine an upside down 3 being almost every nose. The lips are all drawn the same way in every picture. The picture on the cover is the best one in the whole book, just use the cover in the thumbnail and you'll get the same value.
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