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.
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:
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
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.
Jackie starts by describing all the different media used for sketching, including pencils, charcoal, coloured pencils, pens, pastels, watercolours and gouache, as well as the different types of sketchbooks. She then looks at the basic techniques of sketching, emphasizing the importance of observation and showing how to make marks, use tone, create 3-D form and portray pattern.
She then covers a wide range of subjects, such as plants and flowers, skies, animals, the urban landscape, and figures and portraits, explaining how to compose your sketches and giving useful tips about sketching on the move. There’s also a fascinating section on sketching from the Masters, to provide additional inspiration.
The instruction is clear and concise throughout, providing an ideal resource for artists of all levels to dip into when sketching out on location.
Have you always wished you could draw portraits and faces? Get a head start on learning how with this book. Don't worry about talent--talent is overrated. Anyone can learn how to draw people! There are some wonderful techniques to get you off to a great start. Plus, you'll have a lot of fun in the process. You will learn many methods that artists have been using for centuries!
There are over 60 original illustrations in this book, with step-by-step tutorials that walk you through drawing your own portraits!
Ideal for artists of all ages, teachers and parents, this book comes complete with wide-ranging permission to use the stories for personal practise and in class. The stories also work well for reading aloud.
(Please note that this book doesn't contain spaces for your drawings.)
Learn to look properly and get the basic outlines correct; include the key features but simplify what you see; understand how shading (such as dot stipple or cross-hatching) can transform a sketch; get the eye level right and see how a grid helps with the composition.
Whatever you want to draw - a beautiful holiday scene, a lifelike portrait of your family or favourite pet, or even a funny cartoon to illustrate a birthday card - Mark Linley shows, in this new edition of his bestselling book, everything you need to succeed.
Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.
Competitive pricing, authoritative advice and a popular subject make this title a must-have for aspiring artists. Perfect for beginners and leisure artists, this book guides the reader from the most basic shapes and objects through to fully developed and varied projects. Readers will find encouraging advice and instruction for a variety of drawing media, including graphite pencils, colored pencil, Conte, pastel, charcoal and more.