The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

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By (author) William Maughan

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  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 10mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0823003590
  • ISBN 13: 9780823003594
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 15,829

Product description

In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modelling technique of chiaroscuro developed by Leonardo daVinci during the High Renaissance. Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old technique, showing how to analyse form, light and shadow; use dark pencil, white pencil and toned paper to create full range of values; use the elements of design to enhance likeness; and capture a sitter's gestures and proportions. He then demonstrates, step by step, how to draw each facial feature, develop visual awareness and render the head in colour with soft pastels.

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William Maughan has taught advanced head drawing, head painting, and landscape painting at both the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He lives in Napa, CA.

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By Vicky Radcliffe 03 Nov 2013 5

I have been drawing faces for a year or so. I learnt from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Betty Edwards) and have been pleased with my results. However, I've always found shading/tone/value really challenging.

This book has completely changed that and improved my drawings and my ability to see and render things beyond what I thought possible.

The book is intense and needs careful study to understand and implement the techniques but in themselves they are simple and so easy to put into practice.

If you think your drawings are a bit flat, if you want to understand how to move from drawing to painting, if you just want to produce drawings that look more like your subject and have more life and emotion in them this is the book for you.