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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1 edition (January 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581802161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581802160
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artist Parks claims that even beginners can draw faces realistically by perceiving proportions and accurately rendering, via facial mapping, the features that make one face distinct from another. In Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces, the author isolates individual features for detailed examination, using many black-and-white drawings to illustrate a range of techniques. Her useful and far-ranging discussion of materials includes an evaluation of pencils' graphite grades, kneaded and electric erasers, blending tools, and papers. Whitney Scott
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About the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning artist and is acknowledged as one of the top forensic art instructors in the nation for her innovative training. An author and illustrator of five North Light books, Carrie has also created drawing and painting videos for adults and children. For more about Carrie and her artwork, visit her online at StuartParks.com.

More About the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks met in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They married in nineteen eighty-nine and formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They welcome civilian artists to attend their courses as well. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society. Rick has received national recognition for his exquisite art placed on musical instruments.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book if you are learning to draw realistic faces.
CAF
Carrie Stuart Park's 'Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces' is the best book on drawing realistic faces I've ever found.
shoutgrace
I got this book and Practiced, every step, very easy to follow, and understand.
Eric M. Schloegel Jr.

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168 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Walter Stoneburner on September 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have to admit, I was highly skeptical when the author says she can teach people to draw (and some of the student drawings are amazing) in 3 classes of instruction. However, since my interests were cartooning and simple sketching (both of which demonstrated I had no talent whatsoever), I thought it might be fun to see what she was saying. I had already gotten bored with Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain -- it was too long, it had so many excercises, it should couldn't hold my attention span. I wanted a quick fix solution.
And this book gave it. The author says she's not an artist, but a police sketch artist who basically winged it coming in and took a class or two. She had the opportunity to see lots of faces and measure them. And she breaks down the mental block of why you can draw somethings and not others. Finally, you learn all the tricks to make soft portrait-like pictures that lift off the page.
About 3 hours of entertaining reading and I was able to produce very realistic faces that I'm proud to show off. I *highly* endorse this book. Now that I have some fundamentals, I feel like I can go back to the dry reads since I know what to look for.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Isabella Valentine - www.IsabellaValentine.com on October 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Wow. This is probably my favorite drawing book. Period.

I must have at least 20 or 30 books on drawing - each one of them have different ways to teach or guide people on doing different techniques. But this book really really REALLY looks far more realistic than the others. And DOABLE too!!! I can tell a 500% improvement in my own art based on what I've learned from this book.

The author gives excellent tips, and her blending technique is easy to follow and she only gives you a tiny list of things you need (special pencils, bristol paper, kneaded rubber, and a blending stump - which all adds up to less than what you'd pay for lunch).

I was a fairly decent drawer to begin with, so I was actually VERY relieved that she didn't spend pages and pages talking about the really basic stuff like other books do. She gets RIGHT INTO how to do it, and how to do it well.

She uses amazing drawings as a way of SHOWING you how to do it, rather than just writing it all out. I am a visual learner, as are a lot of people... and anyone can follow this.

My sister and I both really enjoy this book and have gotten loads of inspiration and tips from this book.

Even advanced level artists can learn a few things from this.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on January 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an outstanding resource for any artist who is interested in improving the accuracy of their drawings. The author's techniques apply to all subject matter, not just faces. When drawing portraits, I have always had difficulty with certain areas of the face, namely the curve of the jawbone area and the curve of the nostril. As the author explains, this is because my mind is drawing pictures from a memorized pattern of these facial features. She then gives many effective techniques that are designed to help you overcome these patterns and actually draw what you see, techniques that I had never thought to use before. Her ideas for checking the accuracy of your drawings help you to produce your most realistic work ever. I think that this book, in combination with Lee Hammonds' How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photograpsh, will give anyone (including those who can only draw stick figures) the ability to produce beautiful pencil portraits in a short amount of time. I should know, because I am one of those stick figure people myself! I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone who desires to draw more realistically. The ideas contained in this book are extremely helpful and this book is well worth its price.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By P. Wolfe on August 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am going into 8th grade, and last fall my cat passed away, I was very depressed (as I'd had the cat my whole life) and so to help me cheer up my parents took me on a camping trip. We went shopping in a nearby town and camped near one of the great lakes. (Keep reading, this is leading up to my review) Well anyway, we went into a bookstore and I wanted a drawing book so my mom helped me find "How to Draw Realistic Faces". Originally I'd had (pretty good) line drawings of faces, yet I couldn't figure out the shading or draw what I see. I bought all of the supplies that this book says are needed, and since then my pictures have become awesome. I can now look at something and draw it exactly as it is. The people I draw look like portraits, not cartoons. I took my sketchbook to school and everyone was very impressed at my work. I lent the book to a few of my friends and now they are just as good (if not better) than me at drawing realistic people. This book is easy to understand, and is incredibly helpful. I would recommend it to anyone!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By shoutgrace on July 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Carrie Stuart Park's 'Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces' is the best book on drawing realistic faces I've ever found. I'm an artist who's been searching for the perfect book and this is the closest. This book is easy if you're a beginner, you can start rendering amazingly real faces and self-portraits. The author has proven techniques and tools and hands-on exercises to help you be a well-trained artist without taking a class. The examples in the book are before and after works that will help the artist achieve success in no time. There's lots of illustrations for practice. Forget about what you maybe learn the old way of drawing a certain geometric form. Throw that out! This book help you to draw what you actually see. The techniques will help you draw in a short amount of time. You'll surprise yourself how you can produce a fantastically real portrait. And, the price is just right, too!
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