Lifelike Heads: Discover your inner artist as you learn to draw portraits in graphite

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Lifelike Heads: Discover your inner artist as you learn to draw portraits in graphite

by Lance Richlin

Walter Foster Publishing | July 15, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Lifelike Heads: Discover your inner artist as you learn to draw portraits in graphite is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Learn to draw amazingly realistic portraits in seven easy stages

This book is the perfect guide for creating lifelike representations of the human head in graphite. Experienced artist Lance Richlin begins by explaining drawing tools and materials, shading techniques, and the important anatomical structures of the head. Following these basics, he shows how to light the subject, block in and render each feature of the face, and address a variety of expressions-from subtle smiles to toothy grins. Then he guides the reader through four impressive projects, showing how to develop a lifelike head drawing in seven simple stages: the lay-in, plumb lines, volume, outline, tonal pattern, value, and finishing. Readers also will find an in-depth troubleshooting section to help them identify and solve any problems that lessen the realism and accuracy of their drawings. In an age full of technological shortcuts, this book emphasizes drawing from life and seeks to preserve the methods of the old masters.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.25 in

Published: July 15, 2008

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1600580661

ISBN - 13: 9781600580666

Found in: Art and Architecture

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Classical Drawing Tutorials I have been drawing for a looooong time, but my portraits always lacked a 3 dimensional quality. Lance Richlin's excellent book provides detailed instructions on how to achieve very realistic results both from life and from photographs. My portraits have improved significantly using his methods. The whole book is a systematic approach to acheiving realistic portraits. My number one criteria for an art instructor is this - do I like their artwork? Is it realistic or does it have some quality that renders the drawing flat, lifeless, affectless? I have looked at hundreds of art books in my lifetime and very few have made it to my shelves for this very reason. This book made me *want* to draw, to experiment, to improve. More than a year after my purchase, I am still using it as reference and inspiration. Additionally, the text was humourous and light. The instruction was easy to follow and made perfect sense. The book itself was beautifully printed.
Date published: 2010-07-19

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Lifelike Heads: Discover your inner artist as you learn to draw portraits in graphite

by Lance Richlin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.25 in

Published: July 15, 2008

Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1600580661

ISBN - 13: 9781600580666

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Learn to draw amazingly realistic portraits in seven easy stages

This book is the perfect guide for creating lifelike representations of the human head in graphite. Experienced artist Lance Richlin begins by explaining drawing tools and materials, shading techniques, and the important anatomical structures of the head. Following these basics, he shows how to light the subject, block in and render each feature of the face, and address a variety of expressions-from subtle smiles to toothy grins. Then he guides the reader through four impressive projects, showing how to develop a lifelike head drawing in seven simple stages: the lay-in, plumb lines, volume, outline, tonal pattern, value, and finishing. Readers also will find an in-depth troubleshooting section to help them identify and solve any problems that lessen the realism and accuracy of their drawings. In an age full of technological shortcuts, this book emphasizes drawing from life and seeks to preserve the methods of the old masters.

About the Author

A master of drawing, painting, and sculpture, Lance Richlin (Los Angeles, CA) has taught every aspect of classical art-from anatomy and perspective to traditional oil painting techniques. He has lectured at several art colleges in southern California, including Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and California Institute of the Arts, and he holds workshops in his atelier. He has shown his work in galleries across California and has exhibited in museums around the USA.
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