Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

by Carrie Stuart Parks


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581802160
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 01/15/2003
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 204,107
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About 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

Table of Contents

1Looking the Part: Materials and Supplies12
Pencils and Erasers
Other Tools
2The Problem18
Why is Drawing so Hard?
Natural Artists
Site Tool: Measuring
Site Tools: Flattening and Optical Indexing
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
Understanding Shade Tools
Shade Tool: Values/Lines
Shade Tools: Isolate, Squint and Compare
Shade Tool: Question
Shade Tool: Seek
Accuracy-Checking Techniques
6Drawing Eyes76
Eyes as Shapes
Eyelid Creases
Shading and Filling the Eye
Eyebrows and Eyelashes
7Drawing Noses94
The Nose as a Shape
Nose Site
Wing Site
Basic Wing Shape
Nostril Basics
Nostril Shapes
Nose Tricks
8Drawing Lips and Teeth106
Parts of the Mouth
Shading the Mouth
Dealing with Teeth
9Drawing the Head116
The Structure of the Head
Head Shapes
The Female Face
Child vs. Adult Head Shapes
Drawing Ears
10Drawing Hair132
Creating Different Types of Hair
Different Hairstyles

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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
dOrsay1008 More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot of techniques in a beginning studio drawing class I recently took. This book taught me the same things with just a few differences. Drawing Realistic Faces is detailed with easy to understand explanations and techniques to learn how to draw faces. It is a wonderful book to learn from, before developing your own techniques. This book is a keeper because it reasserts the basic drawing skills I learned in order to draw faces. All you need is to draw every day to get better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always wanted to draw faces. I am a horrible drawer. My faces were literally like the "before" in the books, a big circle with circle eyes, weird nose, ect.. I read this book, bought a cheap set of drawing pencils, some smudgers, eraser, a circle template, and some sketch paper (less than $10 for all), and the next day I drew a beautiful life-like picture of my son. If you can follow instructions, you can easily learn to draw real faces. I have been asked to do it professionally for people now. I just suggest to read the book all the way thru, then try to draw a face, using the book as a reference. There are little tips along the way that will help you.

Bottom Line: if you want to improve or be able to draw faces - GET THIS BOOK! (I bought mine at a national craft chain with one of their 40% off coupons).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago