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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: 128
  • RRP: £12.99

Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Portraits


by Carole Massey

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.

A revised and improved edition of Carole Massey's bestselling book on drawing portraits, now expanded into colour media. Pastel pencils, watersoluble pencils and pastels take their place alongside pen, pencil and charcoal.

The human face has timeless and universal attraction, and this book allows even an absolute beginner to easily capture form, tone and line in their portraits.

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

Your first portrait24
Self portrait26
Shape and structure30
Capturing a likeness60
Shading techniques66
Character and expression76
Moving on82
Drawing from life92
Maasai Warrior116

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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