Friday 12 October 2018

Book Review: Art Studio - Faces and Features (Non-Fiction/Art)

Title: Art Studio - Faces and Features
Walter Foster - Quarto

Publication Date: 2 October 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


Art Studio: Faces & Features introduces beginning artists and art enthusiasts to the art of drawing and painting heads, faces, and expressions using a variety of mediums.

Drawing and painting heads, faces, and expressions can be an intimidating prospect for a beginning artist. Art Studio: Faces & Features is here to help, with more than 50 tips, techniques, and step-by-step projects that will have you creating expressive faces and mastering textures in all your drawings.

This intuitive guide shows you how to work with graphite and colored pencils; acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints; pastels; and even pen and ink. This range of mediums is the perfect way to experiment, build artistic confidence, and define your own unique style. Art Studio: Faces & Features makes the art of drawing expressions possible for beginning fine artists.

The Art Studio series is designed to help beginning artists venture into fine art; an overview of each art medium helps them determine which they like best.

Art Studio: Faces and Features is a wonderful introductory guide for artists. I love the way the book covers not only general thoughts on facial anatomy and shading but also the different techniques needed to work on portraits in various media. It provides an excellent overview so you can try out diverse techniques and styles to see what suits you best. As a graphite artist, I found the section on pencil drawing most interesting, and I especially loved the pages on how to draw hair, as that is something with which I still struggle in my portraits. I would recommend this book for amateur artists who are still deciding which medium they wish to pursue and wish to see their options, and for portrait artists in any media who are looking to improve their technique.

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