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Overview

The fine points of faces and figures...

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing People Illustrated expands upon the success and ease-of-use of the successful The Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Illustrated, but focuses entirely on the process and techniques of drawing people. This book covers each step between the first stroke and the last, including composing portraits, creating three-dimensional reality, creating light and shadow, blending techniques, rendering the human figure, and much more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592572236
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Hoddinott is a self-educated visual artist, forensic artist, illustrator, and author. In 1998 she established her own art publishing company, Hoddinott Fine Art Publishers, and the educational website www.finearteducation.com, which offers downloadable drawing classes.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Beginning with the Basics 2
1 Inspiration from Warm Fuzzies 4
Understanding Drawing and Talent 6
Exploring the Artist Within You 6
Drawing a Warm Fuzzy 8
2 Preparing for Your Drawing Journey 12
Buying Drawing Supplies 13
Setting Up an In-Home Studio 19
Taking Your Art on the Road 22
3 An Eye for Lines and Spaces 24
Welcome to the World of Lines 25
Picking Your Brain Apart 28
Seeing Lines, Spaces, and Shapes 29
Switching the Sides of Your Brain 30
Drawing a Self-Portrait with Lines 32
4 It's All in the Composition 34
Placing People into a Space 35
Primary and Secondary Focal Points 37
Putting Compositional Pieces into Place 38
Planning and Playing with Composition 39
5 New Perspectives on People 44
Putting Everything into Perspective 45
Moving People into Distant Space 48
Foreshortening Figures 52
Part 2 Translating Light and Shadows into Shading 56
6 Seeing Light and Shadows 58
Light and Shadow Areas 59
Coming Out of the Dark 63
Shedding Light on the Source 65
7 In Style with Practical Shading 70
Shading Techniques 71
Hatching 73
Crosshatching 74
Squirkling 79
Combining Different Graduations in a Drawing 80
8 Putting Seeing and Shading Together 84
Mapping Values to Combine Seeing and Shading 85
Mapping Values for Drawings 88
Graduating to Drawing Jody 90
9 To Blend or Not to Blend 94
Blending and Blenders 95
Different Approaches to Blending 97
Become a Real Smoothie 100
Creating a Denim Texture 102
Part 3 Exploring the Human Head 106
10 Facial Proportions from Infant to Adult 108
Babies' Heads and Faces 109
Children's Facial Proportions 117
Adult Facial Proportions 117
No Two Faces Are Alike 120
11 Time-Traveling from Birth to Old Age 122
Watching an Infant Grow into a Toddler 124
A Preschooler Becomes a Mature Child 126
Moving from Childhood into Adolescence 127
A Teenager Matures into an Adult 128
The Transition from Youth to Maturity 129
Gracefully Maturing into the Golden Years 132
12 Eyes: A View into the Heart 136
The Parts of an Eye 137
Drawing Natural-Looking Eyelashes 138
Diverse Eyes from Different Perspectives 140
Testing Your Eye-Q 145
13 A Nose for Noses 146
Picking a Nose Apart 147
Straight-On Shading of a Nose 149
As the Nose Turns 151
Who Knows Noses? 155
14 Expressive Ears and Mouths 156
Seeing Ears from Different Perspectives 157
Drawing Different Viewpoints of Ears 159
The Mouth in Motion 162
15 Hairy Heads and Fuzzy Faces 168
Strands of Dark and Light Hair 169
Curving Around Straight Hair 170
Following the Curves of Curly Hair 174
Hairy Disguises on Heads and Faces 178
16 Identifying and Drawing Facial Expressions 180
The Anatomy of Expression 181
The Range of Facial Expressions 184
Drawing a Gentle Giant with an Endearing Smile 189
Part 4 Examining Figures 194
17 Proportions of the Human Figure 196
Exploring the Proportions of Children 197
Respecting Beautiful Adult Bodies 199
Drawing the Proportions of Adult Figures 200
18 Forming the Shapes of Figures 206
Connecting the Head to the Body 208
Arms and Hands from Different Perspectives 209
The Long and Short of a Leg and Foot 213
Drawing a Seated Female Figure 214
Drawing from a Live Model 218
19 Sketching Expressive Figures 220
The Art of Sketching Quickly 221
Bringing a Wooden Manikin to Life 224
Exploring Expression, Gesture, and Movement 226
Catching Up with a Child in Motion 229
20 Clothing the Figure 232
Exploring Textures of Fabric 233
Shading Different Textures 234
Combining Pattern with Texture 237
Drawing Believable Folds of Fabrics 239
Part 5 Enjoying Eclectic Facets of Drawing People 242
21 Artistic Approaches to Diversity 244
Creating Character with Contrast and Key 245
Expressing Individuality with Different Approaches 249
Emphasizing Mood with Different Approaches 252
22 Sketching People from Photos 256
Preparing to Draw from Photo References 257
Drawing a Portrait from a Photo 261
Portraits with More Than One Person 265
23 Transforming a Photo into a Drawing 270
Planning and Composing the Drawing 271
Transferring the Image 273
Adding Shading to the Drawing 277
Appendixes
A Drawing Glossary 283
B Resources for Drawing People 289
Index 291
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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Definitely Not for Idiots

    There are many impressive drawings in the book. Obviously the author has talent. But her talent is not teaching drawing to beginners.

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