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This book is good for no one. It doesn't go into any detail about anything. The general piece of advice is "Use construction lines" but it doesn't explain the lines at all. Sure it shows what the construction lines look like but you can get more information from a simple Google.
It gives no advice about how the face changes with different perspectives which is mainly what I wanted from this. "Don't forget to use perspective" is a genuine phrase from this book with no explanation beyond that.
These drawing guides by Mark Bergin are very popular with my family, we have acquired many of them over the years. The simple step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, this book seems to cover all the elements of starting out to draw a portrait. The pages on drawing children are especially useful as are the pages on drawing self portraits, a useful way to practice when no one is prepared to model.
Received the book and was excited to get stuck in. As a beginner I find the book seriously lacks instruction and adequate detail to make it complete and useful for me. Even the section on using two ovals for the head doesn't give enough explanation for the beginner. I feel the book lacks beginner novice instruction and assumes prior experience on drawing portraits.
Nice exercises well explained for novices and those out of practice. I'm still working my way through the book but from the first couple of exercises completed I'm really happy with the results and rekindled my desire to drawer again.