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Lifelike Heads: Discover your "inner artist" as you learn to draw portraits in graphite (Drawing Made Easy) Kindle Edition
This book is the perfect guide for creating lifelike representations of the human head in graphite. Experienced artist Lance Richlin begins by explaining drawing tools and materials, shading techniques, and the important anatomical structures of the head. Following these basics, he shows how to light the subject, block in and render each feature of the face, and address a variety of expressions-from subtle smiles to toothy grins. Then he guides the reader through four impressive projects, showing how to develop a lifelike head drawing in seven simple stages: the lay-in, plumb lines, volume, outline, tonal pattern, value, and finishing. Readers also will find an in-depth troubleshooting section to help them identify and solve any problems that lessen the realism and accuracy of their drawings. In an age full of technological shortcuts, this book emphasizes drawing from life and seeks to preserve the methods of the old masters.
About the Author
- ASIN : B005C72UCW
- Publisher : Walter Foster Publishing (1 September 2008)
- Language : English
- File size : 81348 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 66 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #355,555 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book contains an Introduction from the author Lance Richlin, who immediately lays down his teaching style, and is both inspiring and motivating. "Here's some good news. There's no such thing as talent. Talent is actually developed by combining good technique and practice. In the 25 years I've been teaching, I've never had a student who didn't learn to draw after following directions and practicing. Of course, regular beatings are also essential." Lance goes on to say as a beginner you are 60 heads away from being a good draftsman and about 100 away from becoming an expert.
This book is a must have for any aspiring artist who wants to learn to draw and paint portraits.
The book continues with the same approach with chapters on Materials & Basic Techniques, Shadows and Highlights, How To Light The Model, Anatomy of Faces, Planes of the Head - "I once knew a boy who didn't use Steps A and B, and he was carried away by a troll.", General Proportions, Facial Features - ears, eyes, noses, mouths and hair, and Facial Expressions.
This is followed by four specific projects - Man, Woman, Young Girl and Young Boy. Further chapters include Improving Your Work, Including a Torso, Working Within a Limited Time, Laying a Profile, Drawing Babies, Drawing Older People and Drawing Different Races, followed by the author's Artistic Philosophy and a section Beyond Portraiture.
The only down side is that some terms are not very familiar but that is ok. It is an interesting book that you can keep reading and not stop until you finish it. I had to buy the kindle version because I can read it anyway. What remains now is practice. I will still refer to the book if i am stuck.
I'm a student artist and these books are just brilliant to compliment my studies.
I'm doing portraiture at the moment so this will be great. The pages on tools is great and the steep by steps are so easy and well thought out.
Of course you still need to do your practice and more practice but with this book and others in the Walter foster library you know you are getting really good advice & lessons on some of the best artists in whatever genre you want.
Buy this book and others, you will not be disappointed