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This is a full-length 275-page book (print version) with approximately 200 original illustrations and lots of how-to and step-by-step tutorials, thorough explanations of beginner as well more advanced drawing concepts.

Learn how to draw portraits! Don't worry about "talent"! It's not necessary. Many people who didn't think they were "artists" have discovered they have the ability to draw portraits. You can learn too! It's a matter of education and practice.

While this book is inspired by the tutorial site portrait-artist.org, a lot of the content is new and was created specifically for the book.

This is the second edition of this book, and the first time it's been available in eBook format!

Topics in the book include:
Beginning drawing, getting started, learning the grid, learning pencil techniques.
Overview of the head.
Drawing the profile.
Features of the head.
Facial "landmarks," anatomy, and proportions of the figure, an overview.
Step-by-step portraits
Working in a tighter (more detailed) technique, tips and techniques.
Shading explained: Understand values and how to make your art look more realistic

Making up your own faces from your imagination: Exercises and techniques

"Don't Do That!" Common beginner mistakes that are easy to avoid.

Advice for new artists: Taking the right attitude, dealing with discouragement, feelings of competition, art snobs, tracing photos vs. drawing freehand, digital tools.

More things artists should know: Drawing from life (live models), the current state of formal art education, introduction to working in color (color palette recommendations, brief overview of painting mediums).

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Welcome & Introduction
Let's Get Started with Drawing
Introduction to Shading and Technique
Drawing the Face: Basics of Head Structure and Alignment of Features
Drawing the Profile
The Features and Hair
An Overview of the Anatomy of the Head and Figure
Shading the Portrait
Step-by-Step Portraits, Soft Edges
Working with a Tighter Technique
Drawing Different Types of People
Inventing Your Own Portraits, "Don't Do This!"
Advice for the Newbie Artist
Other Goodies Every New Artist Should Learn
A Final Word
About the Author
Important Acknowledgements and Credits
About the Second Edition
Bibliography

From the authors of Sketching the Moon comes a comprehensive guide filled with richly illustrated, detailed drawing tutorials that cover a variety of solar phenomena. Explanations of what to expect visually from white light, Hydrogen-alpha and Calcium K filters are provided for those new to solar observing, along with essential tips on equipment, observing techniques and the practicalities of drawing at the eyepiece. Time-honored, traditional methods and media are described in tandem with innovative techniques developed and shared by contemporary astronomical sketchers. For the technically minded, detailed descriptions are given on how to use image manipulation software to bring your sketches to life through animation.

The Sun is the most visually dynamic object in our solar system and offers compelling, spectacular views. Knotted magnetic field lines give rise to powerful eruptions and form the intricate sunspots and arching prominences that make our nearest star one of the most exciting, yet challenging, astronomical objects to sketch. Facilitated by the availability of affordable dedicated solar telescopes and filters, the Sun has become an increasingly popular target amongst astronomical sketchers. The use of narrowband solar filters provides a wonderful opportunity to capture views of the Sun that have, until recently, been largely inaccessible.

You’ll discover easy to follow, step-by-step instructions geared toward your specific interests, be it technical sketching and contributing to science, personal study, or even fun solar outreach activities that help children learn through art. By using Solar Sketching as a reference, drawing the Sun has never been easier.

Mastering portrait drawing is not only for the "talented" among us. Anyone can be taught. If you know how to write your name with a pencil, you can learn how to draw a portrait with a pencil. Don't hesitate, your time is NOW! Learn many of the secrets of making realistic, convincing portraits in this lavishly-illustrated book.

In this book you will complete several portrait projects, gaining new skills as you go along. Some lessons include step-by-step illustrations, while other projects will "hold your hand" (virtually) as you carefully add details and learn new techniques that will give your drawings extra realism.

Designed for beginners, this book is suitable for both adult and motivated older children (approximately age 11 and above). While the book does not assume that the student knows much about drawing and art, some prior experience with beginning drawing is helpful. (Some additional beginning drawing books are recommended at the end of the book.)

The first chapters give you a supply list (pencil, paper, and eraser), introduce you to beginner drawing concepts (how to get an accurate outline of what you want to draw, how to shade). You will quickly plunge into drawing your first portrait, with a lot of guidance and advice along the way.

While several chapters use the grid method to help the beginner to gain accuracy, later chapters focus on freehand drawing and drawing from life.

Don't worry about having enough "talent"! Talent is NOT required! Don't feel discouraged if you have tried to draw portraits in the past and didn't like the results. Follow along to the exercises in the book and be amazed by your improvement!

Table of Contents include:

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE—BEGINNING TECHNIQUES AND DRAWING OVERVIEW
CHAPTER TWO—GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR FIRST PORTRAIT
CHAPTER THREE—SOME NEW TECHNIQUES FOR BEGINNERS: SHADING LIGHTS AND DARKS
CHAPTER FOUR—MORE ABOUT VALUES AND LOST EDGES
CHAPTER FIVE—A THREE-QUARTER’S VIEW PORTRAIT
CHAPTER SIX—TACKLING THE FRONT-VIEW PORTRAIT
CHAPTER SEVEN—OVERVIEW OF FACIAL STRUCTURE, AGE AND RACE DIFFERENCES, AND OTHER DETAILS
CHAPTER EIGHT—COPYING PHOTOS VS. DRAWING FROM LIFE
CHAPTER NINE—REFINING YOUR TECHNIQUE WITH A MORE “REALISTIC” PORTRAIT
CHAPTER TEN—FAQS FOR BEGINNER ARTISTS
FINAL WORDS, BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS, & ABOUT THE ARTIST
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