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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 February 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217954
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $31.99

Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Portraits

$31.99

by Carole Massey

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Book Description

A complete beginner's guide to drawing portraits, from a best-selling author. Pastel pencils, watersoluble pencils and pastels take their place alongside pen, pencil and charcoal.

Drawing the human face has a timeless and universal appeal, though it's often perceived as being difficult to achieve. Carole's book removes the mystery from portrait painting, and makes the subject accessible to even absolute beginners. She shows you in easy step-by-step stages how to use line, tone and form to capture a likeness and give it both personality and expression. 

Containing simple exercises along with longer step-by-step projects, this book leads you by the hand through the different elements of the face, allowing you to gradually build your skills before leading on to successfully describing your subject's likeness and character. 

Composition, clothing, props and more personal characteristics like age and hairstyles are all covered. The book also includes information on drawing from life.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials 8
Your first portrait 26
Self portrait 28
Shape and structure 32
Features 38
Proportions 46
Capturing a likeness 68
Dimithra 72
Shading, tone and form 76
Character and expression 90
Moving on 96
Rosie 102
Drawing from life 106
Composition 114
Story 124
Maasai Warrior 132
Cora 136
Experimenting 140
Index 144

About the Author

About Carole Massey

Carole Massey was born in Hertfordshire and studied at St. Alban's School of Art and Leicester School of Art & Design. After a career in advertising and graphic design, Carole returned to her first love, painting, full-time. She now teaches and runs weekend workshops, as well as organising painting holidays. Carole's work is exhibited widely, and she is particularly known for her celebrity portraits, mostly inspired by photographs. She uses a wide variety of media including acrylic, watercolour, pastel, pencil and monochrome.

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