How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs

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If you've always wanted to draw beautiful, realistic-looking portraits of your favorite people, this step-by-step guide shows you how to do it - better and more easily than you ever thought possible.

Lee Hammond quickly teaches you how to add the illustration of three-dimensional highlights and shadows to simple shapes using pencil shading and blending. After you've got the basics down, you'll learn how to use the same techniques to portray every feature of the human face. ...

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Overview

If you've always wanted to draw beautiful, realistic-looking portraits of your favorite people, this step-by-step guide shows you how to do it - better and more easily than you ever thought possible.

Lee Hammond quickly teaches you how to add the illustration of three-dimensional highlights and shadows to simple shapes using pencil shading and blending. After you've got the basics down, you'll learn how to use the same techniques to portray every feature of the human face. You'll also discover how to figure out what the features of your photographed model really look like so you can draw them from different angles. Then Hammond shows you how to put all those features together to create a lifelike portrait that truly captures the individuality of your subject.

After you've completed these easy-to-do drawing exercises, you'll soon be turning the memories frozen in your old snapshots into warm, beautiful works of art.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891346357
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

A professional artist and instructor for 20+ years, Lee Hammond has authored and produced 40+ North Light and ArtistsNetwork.TV products. She has owned and operated the Midwest School of Art in Lenexa, Kansas for six years and now has a studio in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches. She conducts drawing seminars, gives school lectures and mentors nationwide. Visit her website at LeeHammond.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    This book made me a better artist

    I've been drawing all my life, but my work was always rather sketchy. I wanted my drawings to me more lifelike. As luck would have it, I came across this book and I could not believe the difference! My drawings are so much more clearer, sharper and lifelike. I'd recommend this book to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

    this book enhanced my artistic skills drasticlly

    it was awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    So Detailed

    I highly recommend this book, I'm taking art classes and I learned more and progressed more with this book....I was shocked I drew amazingly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2001

    The change was unbelievable.

    I borrowed this book from my public library and studied it that night. After reading it, I sat down and drew the best drawing I had ever done. The change was astounding. Several successful portraits later, I returned the book to the public library and purchased it for myself -- a rarity, since I don't purchase books that often anymore. I recommend this to any artist struggling to draw the contours of the face, and also to any artist who wishes to learn many things about shading and pencil drawing in general. I wish I could thank the author in person. IF you are debating whether or not to buy, by all means, do so. It is worth every dollar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2001

    The Best Drawing Book Ever

    This book is the best drawing book I have found. It gives complete details from start to finish. You can have great success with this book if you follow Lee Hammmonds instructions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2001

    great book

    This book, in my opinion, is a very instructive book. I think it could be very useful for beginners as well as more advanced artists. After drawing seperated features of the face on paper, i finally decided to put it all together and draw a portrait. That first drawing of mine was really good and i surprised myself with what this book had tought me to do. I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Hammond's Book is a good reference book, but...

    Lee Hammond's instruction book is good for beginners or amateurs, and it offers good tips for those who already have a handle on the subject. What I do not particularly care for is her insistence that using a graph is the best way to achieve an 'accurate line drawing' when beginning the portrait. Graphs are tedious and time-consuming to use and make, and artists who have good observation skills and who have been trained in design concepts do not need such a tool. The other thing that did not sit well with me is that Hammond acts as though the 'blending method,' as it applies to pencils, was her own invention. Even the cover emphasizes that the book teaches you how to do portraiture 'using the Hammond Blended Pencil Technique.' Anyone who has ever taken even a high school art class knows that that method existed long before Hammond was even born. The book is good for learning about proportions, tones, and shapes of facial features, though it concentrates on Caucasian people and does not help those who might want to do multicultural portraits. To conclude, this book is handy to have as part of a library of art books, but I would not rely on it as my only reference.

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