Wednesday 25 April 2018

Book Review: Pocket Art - Portrait Drawing by Miss Led (Joanna Henly)

Title: Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing
Miss Led (Joanna Henly)
Quarto - Rockport

Publication Date: 24 April 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


The instructions are quick visual exercises in Pocket Art: Portraits, the first book in the new Pocket Art series.

This lively, graphic approach to explaining concepts will have you looking and learning with step by step illustrations and expert tips straight from London-based artist "Miss Led" (aka Joanna Henly). This compact 112-page book is just right for carrying in a backpack or pocket for when you’re learning on the go.

Henly begins by guiding you through your initial set up, then moves on to "Understanding the Face". She takes you through every detail of capturing facial features and expressions, and mastering the rendering of hair and skin. Her exercises demonstrate and reinforce everything you learn as you go along.

Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing is a wonderful addition to the library of any budding portrait artist. The step-by-step guide covers everything from face shape and alignment to advice on tackling specific features. The handy pocket size will make it easy to carry for artists on the go. I found the section on approaching hair particularly beneficial, as that is the aspect of portraiture I always find hardest to master. I will definitely be giving Henly's technique a try in my next drawing. The only thing I might have liked to have seen included was a little more on shading, but otherwise, this feels like a very complete compact guide. 4.5 stars.

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