Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

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Draw amazingly accurate portraits starting today!

Even if you're an absolute beginner, you can render strikingly realistic faces and self-portraits! Instructor and FBI-trained artist Carrie Stuart Parks makes it simple with foolproof step-by-step instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You'll quickly begin to:

  • Master proportions and ...
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Draw amazingly accurate portraits starting today!

Even if you're an absolute beginner, you can render strikingly realistic faces and self-portraits! Instructor and FBI-trained artist Carrie Stuart Parks makes it simple with foolproof step-by-step instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You'll quickly begin to:

  • Master proportions and map facial features accurately
  • Study shapes within a composition and draw them realistically
  • Use value, light and shading to add life and depth to any portrait
  • Render tricky details, including eyes, noses, mouths and hair
Proven, hands-on exercises and before-and-after examples from Parks' students ensure instant success! It's all the guidance and inspiration you need to draw realistic faces with precision, confidence and style!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581802160
  • Publisher: F & W Media Inc
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 147,635
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning artist and is acknowledged as one of the top forensic art instructors in the nation for her innovative training. An author and illustrator of five North Light books, Carrie has also created drawing and painting videos for adults and children. For more about Carrie and her artwork, visit her online at
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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1 Looking the Part: Materials and Supplies 12
Pencils and Erasers
Other Tools
2 The Problem 18
Why is Drawing so Hard?
Natural Artists
3 Site 28
Site Tool: Measuring
Site Tools: Flattening and Optical Indexing
4 Shape 42
Train Your Mind
Shape Tool: Isolate
Shape Tools: Simplify and Relate
Shape Tool: Measure
Shape Tool: Invert
Shape Tools: Rename and Incline
Shape Tool: Negative
Shape Tool: Question
Shape Tool: Compare
Shape Tool: Flatten
5 Shade 58
Understanding Shade Tools
Shade Tool: Values/Lines
Shade Tools: Isolate, Squint and Compare
Shade Tool: Question
Shade Tool: Seek
Accuracy-Checking Techniques
6 Drawing Eyes 76
Eyes as Shapes
Eyelid Creases
Shading and Filling the Eye
Eyebrows and Eyelashes
7 Drawing Noses 94
The Nose as a Shape
Nose Site
Wing Site
Basic Wing Shape
Nostril Basics
Nostril Shapes
Nose Tricks
8 Drawing Lips and Teeth 106
Parts of the Mouth
Shading the Mouth
Dealing with Teeth
9 Drawing the Head 116
The Structure of the Head
Head Shapes
The Female Face
Child vs. Adult Head Shapes
Drawing Ears
10 Drawing Hair 132
Creating Different Types of Hair
Different Hairstyles
Conclusion 141
Index 142
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    A great learning tool

    This book will not be a waste. If you're a true beginner like all of us were at some point or another, view Ms. Park's method as a means to an end. The grid system is extremely useful for the learning process, but you need to open this book with the mindframe that the grid is a means to an end. If you don't go into it with this mindset, you'll learn really quick like I did that if the grid system is all you use, it turns into a crutch and a stumbling block to creativity. (Of course, I didn't have the luxury of this info. No one had reviewed the book and the author says nothing about trying a portrait without the grid). I'd say that after about 4 or 5 portraits, try one without it. Drawing faces won't be nearly as daunting a task after this book and will be very pleasurable. You'll be able to throw that crutch away after a while. Enjoy!

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