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The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head Paperback – 1 January 2004
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- ASIN : 0823003590
- Publisher : RHUS; First edition (1 January 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780823003594
- ISBN-13 : 978-0823003594
- Item Weight : 590 g
- Dimensions : 21.11 x 1.02 x 27.91 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Best Sellers Rank: #150,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the writer seems condescending when talking about how to do things in this book.
this book is boring and very basic.
there is not much info on face anatomy and planes.
the writer does not even cover how to draw expressions. neither do i know if he knows how to draw expressions? at most he does is smile in his portraits. (?)
it is mostly about shading and to be honest, if you draw faces even for a week, you'd easily understand shading part.
so I suggest you skip this book and find something more informative that deals with the actual structure of your face and all the features.
not bridgman since he is much more advanced with his techniques. so Loomis is good middle ground.
I'll make it simple for you to decide if this book is right for you :-
If you -
1) Have tried to draw heads before and struggled with getting a likeness
2) Struggled to make features look like they're a part of the face instead of just 'stuck-on' the face.
3) Struggled to shade a head convincingly but never quite got the shadows correct
4) Are not a complete beginner at drawing and but want to improve your head drawings
If at least 3 or these apply to you, you should buy this book.
I had drawn portraits before I bought this book and they were not bad at all but they took me DAYS to finish and finalize. Now I can make a head of the same quality in less than half an hour because I have a streamlined process, instead of just 'winging' it. Having a process is everything because you are not guessing what to improve next, you have a plan, a checklist and you are focusing on exactly what matters.
The things you learn in this book will help you draw figures, animals, anything at all you can imagine because they are SOLID principles. Take it easy on yourself. Buy the book and enjoy drawing heads!
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Well-illustrated throughout (though the chap does love his sanguine pastel pencil and grey paper to excess) the author takes the reader through his process in a fairly understandable step-by-step manner; he tackles things like foreshortening, perspective and proportion etc., both visually and in his text with reasonable clarity, though I would suggest that this is still a book for those who have at least reached a basic level of competence in drawing.
Although the approach taken is from traditional fine art practice, Maughan includes an additional short chapter dealing with fantasy drawing – which is a bit of fun, but also a useful creative pointer for the more open-minded student.
There is also a final chapter considering colour as a natural progression into painting.
A fairly decent guide that I`m sure many will find helpful (I did so myself as there are always tips and pointers to be gleaned regardless of one`s skills and experience) and perhaps handy to have in support if attending drawing classes.
Do use the "Look inside" option above for an idea of the content.
The final part of the book is about colour, and using pastels, and here it is more a matter of taste - and certainly not mine, I'm not into green faces etc. There are better books (and websites) on colour theory than this. However, it is only a fairly short final chapter, and easily forgiven for the excellence of the rest.
One issue was getting the materials in the UK. I have now had the book for two years, but never been able to follow him exactly. He uses a carefully chosen tone of paper that is halfway between the dark sanguine pencil and the white pencil that he uses, which is Strathmore 500 charcoal paper in Velvet gray. Unfortunately, this isn't available in this country - or wasn't until now. I have just discovered that Castle Hill crafts in Stroud have started importing it, so have put in an order for some (I'm not associated with them, just delighted that we can finally get all the materials).