The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

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by William Maughan
     
 

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In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.

Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this

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In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.

Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old technique, showing how to analyze form, light, and shadow; use dark pencil, white pencil, and toned paper to create a full range of values; use the elements of design to enhance a 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 color with soft pastels.

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This solid effort uses a drawing method based on value, rather than line, and on the centuries-old principles of chiaroscuro. The latter creates an illusion of three-dimensionality by studying light as it falls across the structure of form. It attempts an exact rendering of both form shadows and cast shadows. Maughan cites the Mona Lisa as the supreme example of chiaroscuro in portraiture. He supplements chapters on drawing technique with a good section on using color and a bizarre, extraneous chapter on using pig snouts and elephant ears to create grotesque portraits. For a good beginners' book on portraiture, see Pat Clarke's Painting Heads and Faces. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780770434731
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
08/14/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
427,993
File size:
48 MB
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Meet the Author

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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Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when I was starting off as a beginner animator and it really did put into perspective shading since shading was a thing that was beyond me and still is beyond me since it's such a large concept to wrap around. But this gives a stable basic understanding which you can only grow from in your own way. Recommend it all the time. Because you do learn. Just need to rereread to have it sink fully down.
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