Douglas R. Graves was born in Denver, Colorado. He began his art education in California, at Los Angeles City College, and continued his training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After graduation, he became an instructor of figure drawing and illustration at the Academy. Mr. Graves now make his home in Riverside, California. He is presently associated with Portraits, Inc. in New York City. Mr. Graves also does illustration and has worked on books in the Basic Reader Series for Scott Foresman and Co. Mr. Graves' paintings, which include a wide variety of subjects, as well as commissioned portraits, are found in many private collections in the United States, South America, and Europe. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows both here and abroad and has won him many honors.
Drawing Portraitsby Douglas R. Graves
Focuses on the sitter's head: its proportions and planes, and the structure of the individual feature plus the bone structure, muscles, and proportions of the hand, Includes many step-by-step demonstrations.
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I requested this book for Christmas of 2002 when I was 12 and it was a big mistake. I'm 15 now and I don't use it as a reference at all. I'm a fairly experienced artist but, it was quite complicated. It was out of date and very boring. I would recommend not getting this book, and to find a book published more recently!
Drawing Portraits is a great title that goes into detail with chalk, conte, pencil, as well as charcoal! Graves' technique is actually very simple (and quite useful to the visual learners) and allows the artist to see human forms in simple shapes. The illustrations are quite amusing and detailed (especially the chalk illustrations)and are broken down into various steps. Futhermore, the hands and nose are greatly emphasized and are also aided with great tutorials. But, if you have already developed a style to your liking, then you would basically find his methods rather useless. But other than that, I would recommend this book to beginning artists in search of a useful method in drawing portraits.