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  • Actors: Johnnie Liliedahl
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • VHS Release Date: June 1, 1991
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T2XZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

The most illusive and powerful of all painting subjects is the human face and head. While you might not wish to paint portraits or likenesses, you might find it useful to be able to put faces and features on figures that grace your landscape or interior compositions.

This video will give you the building blocks to begin drawing heads convincingly, whether they're invented characters or real people. As with any complicated task, it becomes easy once you know the steps to tackle it. And once learned, you may wonder why you thought drawing people to be so difficult!

Join Johnnie in this video and see how easy it is to draw the features of the face. Learn how the three views (full face, three-quarters, and profile) are related to one another. Soon, beautiful and interesting faces will begin appearing in your drawings and paintings.

From the Contributor

For many years, students in my portrait classes have asked me to write a book on portrait drawing and painting. I elected not to write about portraits because, more than any other subject, I feel the instruction needs to be visual rather than written. There are already many fine books on the market which provide excellent illustrations and articulate descriptions of the drawing process and I own most of them myself.

It has been my experience, however, that the written word becomes much more meaningful to a student after they have experienced the hands-on practice of drawing the head. It is very much like trying to learn to play a musical instrument by just reading about it. It just won't happen. You must put your hands on the instrument to learn to play it and, in drawing, that instrument is charcoal and paper.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
This woman is absolutely the best art instructor I have encountered, in person or on video. Her methods are astounding--I was amazed at the improvement I made just following along with the video ONE time. (And I hadn't even attempted drawing in over 20 years and even before that I wasn't professional nor had I taken any instruction) In the past I only sketched for fun many years ago, but never knew the correct methods for portraiture. I can't find enough superlatives to critique her technique. She has the most exacting and simple ways to accomplish so much. She has an amzing ability to break everything down and get the point across immediately. If you've always wanted to do portrait drawing but couldn't quite get it together, this is the video for you and the ONLY one. It's for the novice and also for one with some experience, but who needs to brush up on their skills and the techniques that make it all come together for a more professional look. Her instruction is explicit and direct. You will find yourself improving immediately because everything becomes crystal clear. She has you do various parts of the face before you try to put it all together and her instruction on shading and shadows left me amazed. You draw along with the video and wind up with a portrait that actually looks professional at the end. I can only hope she will come out with a figure drawing video and perhaps one on beginning painting too. She could make an artist out of anyone.
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By generaljo on September 1, 2011
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Johnnie Liliedahl is an exceptional drawing teacher. She demonstrates portrait drawing in a clear, organized manner. She gives the viewer a good foundation as she presents the steps for various facial views: frontal, profile, and three quarter. I recommend this video for beginners and intermediate. It will motivate and open doors to the enjoyment of the art of portraiture.
I have one complaint. The complaint is not in content,but the delivery system. To purchase the lessons means a video purchase. I wish the manufacturers would put this in a dvd format. I almost did not purchase this item because of the video format, however, I am glad that I did because of Ms. Liliedahl's superior instruction.
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