Portraiture can be daunting for the beginner, who is often more comfortable painting a landscape that doesn't look back. In this regard, Hammond's experience as an author of nine titles for this publisher serves her well. Hammond gently helps the novice with facial structure, the details of lips, eyes, and hands, and techniques for natural clothing. Even her medium--colored pencils--is a wise choice, as oils or watercolors would only multiply the inherent difficulties for beginners. For a more advanced audience, see Rachel Rubin Wolf's Keys to Painting: Faces & Figures (LJ 11/15/99). Monahan and Wiseman's Beginner's Guide: Figure Drawing is a fine companion to either of the above and manages to pack 15 detailed and engaging projects into only 80 pages. The authors capture the figure from different viewpoints, examine how the skeleton and muscles change with every action, and work with lighting. Sections on people in motion and in large groups round out this highly recommended volume. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.