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The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression Paperback – August 19, 2008
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This book contains detailed information on how to draw all the structures of the face and helps the reader to develop the ability not just to draw various facial expressions, but to understand the physiological occurrences that create different expressions. As any student of life drawing or anatomy knows, it's good to know what the engine underneath the hood is doing to get the exterior right!
The author painstaking guides you through the process of drawing the major facial features, starting simply with the gross structures and paring down to a high level of detail.
This book is a valuable addition to my collection of illustration books and I would recommend it to any illustrator, would-be illustrator, or casual artist who wants to develop her or his skills.
The book is not as dry as this description sounds. The prose is witty. Most of the illustrations are purposeful pencil sketches or cartoons rather than academic portraits: they are very illustrative and to the point.
Reading this book helped me understand better how to make a portrait come alive, by keeping all the features of the face coherent. It won't help you draw, but it will make you "see" better what makes up a face and an expression.
Definitely 5 stars: the book is fun, easy to read, well bound, and as far as I can tell, exhaustive.
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I've had this book for about a year and just purchased another one for a friend. We both sculpt and paint and it's impossible to always have a model on hand to get accurate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by EMW
I write fiction. I attempt to capture the activities of my characters as if the reader could see, hear, smell the world my charcters live in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Becket
Awesome book for reference in drawing. Thank you. the good part of this book os that it shows different muscle parts and they are drawn. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne
This is a great book, written by a pre-eminent person in the field. It has really helped my portrait drawings. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Brosh
Excellent, thorough, and informative book. I learned SO MUCH about drawing facial expressions. It's worth several months of careful study and practice, and it's something I go... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theresa