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Lifelike Heads: Discover your "inner artist" as you learn to draw portraits in graphite (Drawing Made Easy) Paperback – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Drawing Made Easy
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600580661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600580666
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A master of drawing, painting, and sculpture, Lance Richlin (Los Angeles, CA) has taught every aspect of classical art-from anatomy and perspective to traditional oil painting techniques. He has lectured at several art colleges in southern California, including Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and California Institute of the Arts, and he holds workshops in his atelier. He has shown his work in galleries across California and has exhibited in museums around the USA.

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This book is comprehensive, detailed, informative.
Shel
It covers every aspect of the face planes and shading which create the realism in your drawing.
Auriel
I highly recommend this to anyone from novice to intermediate.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth McGhee on September 1, 2008
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This is the best portrait drawing book on the market. It is the only instructional book on classical portraiture that covers both the basics of proportions, anatomy, rendering as well as more advanced tips and techniques. The step by step examples are easy to understand, and the writing is witty and sharp (actually, hilarious at times).

As an art student, the instruction really clarified some of the confusion and frustration of trying to make a portrait look realistic without looking flat and stiff.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, this book is a must have!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Myriad on October 31, 2008
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I'm a decent artist who can't seem to get to that next level.Been searching for books that would inspire and push me. This has done it. In a meagre 64 pages I have been given all the tools to push my portrait drawing ability to that next level. There are exercises along with some positive words that have given me a goal to pursue. I own over 100 books on various aspects of art instruction and this is among the best. I bought a couple other of the made easy series and they seem to be just as good. This has undoubtedly been a very good investment. Highly recommended.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 17, 2008
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I am just thrilled with this little book. First of all, because it's so small and light--this is one drawing book you can toss in your briefcase or purse so you can sketch away at lunch.

But most of all because it's truly helpful. The pictures are clear, and I loved the way Richlin explains how to achieve them. He goes through what material to use, how to create different facial expressions and how to highlight your subject.

Each individual feature is examined. For example, he shows how to light the nose from all different angles. Then he shows you how to pull it all together, in four basic stages, until you have finished the portrait.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bliss3333 on July 18, 2010
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I have been drawing for a looooong time, but my portraits always lacked a 3 dimensional quality. Lance Richlin's excellent book provides detailed instructions on how to achieve very realistic results both from life and from photographs. My portraits have improved significantly using his methods.

Another reviewer says that there was little in the way of instruction. What book were you reading?? The whole book is a systematic approach to acheiving realistic portraits. I think it is far more likely that the reviewer was unwilling to try new methods - in this case - classical drawing.

My number one criteria for an art instructor is this - do I like their artwork? Is it realistic or does it have some quality that renders the drawing flat, lifeless, affectless? I have looked at hundreds of art books in my lifetime and very few have made it to my shelves for this very reason. This book made me *want* to draw, to experiment, to improve. More than a year after my purchase, I am still using it as reference and inspiration.

Additionally, the text was humourous and light. The instruction was easy to follow and made perfect sense. The book itself was beautifully printed.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By thomas black on July 18, 2010
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What I expected was a book about how to draw portraits. What I got was a "pamphlet" about how to draw portraits. What content is there is very good but it is lacking information because the book is also too short. For instance, there is not enough information about drawing eyes. What few examples are there do not go into enough detail about all of the little intricate details about eyes. This would have been an outstanding book if it were printed in a larger format with more pages of instruction and examples that you can see without using a magnifying glass!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Brown on February 11, 2010
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After reading Lifelike Heads by: Lance Richlin I have decided that in our century Lance is the Master of our time. We have been touched by Masterful Artists through the ages, and to see a living genius is amazing. Reading this books allows the reader or beginning artist to feel guided through the steps to bettering themselves. Most informational books leave the reader feeling alone in the process. Lance Richlin's step by step drawing lessons leave you feeling confident and knowledgeable of supplies, technique, measurement and proportion, shading, anatomy, feature breakdowns, and along with side grabbing humor to keep you going, he even step by step shows examples of lifelike heads in detail page by page.
I am so impressed with this book that I would suggest you not only purchase this book but tell everyone you know that you have witnessed the phenomena of a living Master of our Century.
The only problem I can see is after reading this book you will compare every artist, teacher, and scholar to Lance Richlin.He is in fact the best.
See for yourself [...]
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George H. Seidel on August 23, 2009
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This is a good informative book on drawing in graphite. The authors drawings are very impressive but, he indicates that most of his drawings takes him a full day and in one drawing from a photograph it took him a very long day. I am an amateur and I am unable to spend that amount of time but, I have learned much and do a satifactory (for me) head in about 3.5 hours.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audioampbuilder on November 24, 2010
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Since it has been years since I worked with portraiture, I knew
I needed some good books to provide the essential exercises
required in order to wind up with something approaching
photographic - with believable and pleasing results. So I bought several and compared them. Actually they will all be useful. This one, however,
is very well done. He even presents some works from some of his students who, we can gingerly say, are not quite there yet; and describes what it is exactly that doesn't work-or can make your subject/model look just a "bit off" of looking, well, not quite human... with Richlin describing exactly why it doesn't work.
There aren't so many lines, or "contours" re. the human head and face.
It is more about a gradual blend of light and shade-with a keen understanding of the relative sizes, and positions of key elements and facial features as they overlie bone and cartilage structure underneath. It is important to cause a portrait to look alive, moist, breathing,natural, etc. before we move on to, say, our "signature" portrait style, which may be done more "shorthand like", e.g Modigliani,( the flat/graphic look ) or painterly, e.g. Sargeant, or Van Gogh ( extremely painterly strokes )
The reading is entertaining, winsome and witty-which helps one get through the fussing with details that we must concentrate upon in order to keep our portraits from looking just plain 'duh' looking -
or worse, laughable , or encourage wise cracks from people who can't even draw flies.
If you're getting close, but can't quite understand what is wrong, this is a superb training exercise that will help you move from unschooled untrained novice to professional...it's a bigger step than one might think.
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