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Drawing Faces

Book Review

 

Title:

Usborne Art Ideas  -- Drawing Faces

Author:

Rosie Dickins and  Jan McCafferty

Publisher:

EDC Publishing, Tulsa, OK

ISBN:

0-7945-0097-8

Reviewed By:

Frank Fogg

Review Date:

October, 2004

Rating:

Usborne Art Ideas: Drawing Faces is a paperback guide to creating unique drawings  of people using a wide variety of techniques. This is a paperback book of 64 pages and includes internet links to a variety of resources.

Get more information about drawing facesGee, where to begin? First of all, this book covers drawing in a variety of mediums  including colored pencils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and even computer drawing techniques. It also discusses other art styles such as sculpting, printing  and collages. For each medium, several pages are dedicated to an overview of  techniques to work toward an excellent end result.

This primer takes a step-by-step approach to learning to draw people and faces.  It begins with showing the basic geometry of people's faces, then moves right on to proper shading techniques. In addition to demonstrating how to create a "normal" drawing, sections also show how to highly stylize your creation and how to develop caricatures that exaggerate the normal features of the face.

The strongest feature of Drawing Faces is its emphasis on using shading for  both color and monochrome pictures and the impact of lighting on the subject. It shows how to pick areas on the face to lighten or darken, then explains how to go about completing the job. Another topic it covers on several occasions is how to select the right mix of basic colors to get the desired effect based on the art medium you are interested in.

If drawing faces has always been difficult for you, this book should lead you  out of the darkness. It clearly shows both basic and advanced techniques to get professional results when drawing people and faces. Its emphasis on shading  and lighting is clearly the book's best feature, while covering a wide range  of mediums makes it useful for any artistic style.

 

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