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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 March 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217954
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 250
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99
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The Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Portraits

£12.99

by Carole Massey

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Book Description

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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More people than ever have been finding joy in drawing and painting its a fabulous way to unwind and relax. However, if you would like to improve your skills, then this is the perfect guide to take you through the stages. Step-by-step instructions remove the mystery to creating your very own masterpieces, with tips on how to capture personality and expression.


Leisure Painter contributor, Carole Massey's eagerly anticipated guide to drawing portraits is aimed specifically at the beginner. Carole takes great pains to dispel the myth that portrait painting is only for experienced artists and makes it accessible to beginners through step-by-step examples. Simple exercises and longer projects show how to use line, tone and form to capture a likeness, using both monochrome and coloured pencils. There are also chapters on composition, clothing, props and more personal characteristics, such as hairstyles, resulting in portraits full of character and life.

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