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This book is excellent. It's very detailed workshop in a book and worth at least twice the cover price. It's also a very handy size measuring 16cm by 24cm, so one could easily carry this with them as a useful reference.
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.
This book is intelligently written and dryly amusing in parts. I am only a novice and this book is a bit advanced for my ability but I've buckled down and have followed the suggestions and instructions and have surprised myself with what I'm producing, there's certainly no works of Art produced but the main thing is I'm enjoying what I'm doing and showing improvement, very pleased I purchased the book.
I am an artist by hobby, i have done a lot of portraits, i mean good art. When i started i was missing it in some area and someone introduced me to grid method, this method made my art kind of perfect because I can get the proportions and locations right. But in these modern days, art has been so realistic and i want to draw free hand again and get it right, this book teaches how to do just that. Most artists on YouTube don't show how they do their basic sketch while some show it in a flash. But this book breaks it down.
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 wanted this to help me in any way with portraiture, I wasnt sure what to expect for the price but thought it had the worth a go for the money for a light read and as reference material, I was really surprised at the amount of detail as to how it's written and the number of useful supporting pictures in the book although you are advised to draw from real life once learning the basics , ears, eyes , , mouths and composition you can copy the faces in the book until you feel ready, altogether great.
I have several books on drawing people and all of them teach you how to draw from photos and using the grid method and I have had very good results so I thought I would try drawing lifelike portraits free hand. I have just finished reading the book which was very informative however I have not yet had time to try any of the lessons yet. One thing worth mentioning the author Lance Richlin recommends, starting with photos before asking someone to sit for you! In my case as a pensioner it takes me between twelve and eighteen hours over several days to draw a portrait from a photo anyone willing to sit for me would need the patience of a saint! This book is well written and easy to understand