The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Headby William Maughan
Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this
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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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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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.