You Will be Able to Draw Faces by the End of This Book Paperback – Illustrated, 5 July 2018
About the Author
Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England, and a best-selling author of practical art books. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.
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- Publisher : Ilex Press; Illustrated edition (5 July 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1781575266
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781575260
- Item Weight : 552 g
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 1.59 x 24.77 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #226,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is part guide, part sketch pad, with exercises for you to complete as you learn about each aspect of portraiture. It begins with materials, which author Spicer keeps simple and inexpensive by avoiding pastel and charcoal, putty erasers, fancy paper and easels. Using these basic materials, Spicer serves up a course focussed on straightforward sketching of the head and neck.
His approach is to look at the big shapes and landmarks of the head, before looking at lighting, shadows, planes and form. I have never seen a book on this subject so stuffed with pictures. Spicer shows you everything he is trying to convey, to the extent that there isn’t that much to read.
Showing beginners what a professional can do is a sure-fire way to alienate the beginner but, in the hundreds of examples he provides, Spicer keeps it very simple. He is an accomplished artist, but he never once terrifies the beginner with what he can really do. He explains the basics of anatomy, without veering into a Latin lesson, so the beginner is armed with important knowledge that will help him/her to create a portrait.
Overall, this is an impressive book. Spicer understands the problems every beginner faces with the face, and if you follow his process page by page, you will certainly learn plenty about drawing faces, and I have no doubt you could draw a very reasonable face by the end of it. Make no mistake though: portraiture is a skill that takes years to master. It took me two solid years at a specialist academy and 1800 sketches to master it, and in that time I probably made and fixed every mistake Spicer covers in this book. Actually, I wish I’d had this book when I started out. I would have got there a lot quicker.
I have 3 in the range so far and highly recommend them to anyone just starting out learning to draw as they are very accessible.
Even for someone like me who has studied at college and needs a refresher after a few years of not putting the time in.
Remember, the journey to better drawing is more enjoyable if you have fun with it and don't put yourself down for not improving fast enough. Good quality exercises and practice will help you out.
Good luck and have fun.
Came very quick before due date.