The Art of Portrait Drawing: Learn the Essential Techniques of the Masters

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Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages, you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits in the realist tradition.

In The Art of Portrait Drawing, skilled artist Joy Thomas passes on to you the lessons she has gathered from generations of the world's greatest artists. Learn about the golden mean, the traditional ...

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Overview

Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages, you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits in the realist tradition.

In The Art of Portrait Drawing, skilled artist Joy Thomas passes on to you the lessons she has gathered from generations of the world's greatest artists. Learn about the golden mean, the traditional three-color portrait, the secrets of proportion and more methods used by the Old Masters and today's best artists alike!

Inside you'll find:

  • An introduction to every commonly used drawing medium, including charcoal, Conté and graphite.
  • An illustrated overview of the history of portrait drawing.
  • Time-honored methods for drawing accurately.
  • Insights on how to capture not only the likeness, but also the mood and essence of your subject.
  • Advice on posing a subject, setting up lighting, choosing the right tools and composing effectively.
  • 9 in-depth, step-by-step drawing demonstrations to develop your skills and your confidence.
Portraying the human face is the ultimate expression of art. Use The Art of Portrait Drawing as the road map for your artistic quest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440320101
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/4/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 537,594
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The work of renowned portrait artist Joy Thomas has appeared in many publications, including The Artist's Magazine and The Best of Portrait Painting (1998, North Light Books). In the past two decades, her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over United States. www.portraitartist.com/thomas

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Table of Contents

Portrait drawing materials 8
Drawing technique 12
Paper and sketchbooks 14
The studio 16
Drawing from life 18
Connecting with your subject 20
Drawing through history 24
Towards a naturalistic style 28
Gestalt thinking 30
Composition and divine proportion 32
Proportion and design 34
The canons 35
Systems for measurement 36
Blocking in and layout 38
Value and value scales 40
Negative space 41
Study of anatomy 42
Contour drawing 44
Gesture drawing 45
Moving and unposed targets 46
Lighting 48
Standard poses 50
Full face 51
Three-quarter and up-from-under 52
Profile and lost profile 53
Setting the pose 54
Natural poses 55
Working with color 56
Charcoal study of Warren 60
Charcoal portrait of Sarah 64
Graphite pencil drawing of Kimberly 74
Charcoal portrait of Bryan 86
Portrait of Mary in sanguine 96
Portrait of Linda in sepia 104
Portrait Jessica in charcoal and conte 112
Profile portrait in charcoal 120
Portrait of James in Sumi ink 130
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Very Informative

    This book is good for any level of artist. I am self taught and feel this will be a permanent reference book in my library. The examples are very inspiring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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