Sunday 5 January 2020

Book Review: Drawing Faces and Expressions by Diane Cardaci (Art/Non-Fiction)

Title: Drawing Faces and Expression
Author: Diane Cardaci
Quarto - Walter Foster

Publication Date: 3 March 2020
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


With Drawing: Faces & Expressions, learn to draw detailed, realistic human faces in graphite pencil from basic shapes.

Perfect for beginning artists, Faces & Expressions offers a comprehensive introduction on how to draw faces and expressions—the most important aspects of an individual. First, learn everything about the tools and materials you need to get started, including selecting the right pencils, papers, and erasers for their work. Then discover tips for drawing and shading techniques, such as how to achieve volume, suggest depth, and render various hair and skin textures. With some knowledge of pencil drawing basics, begin mastering the art of drawing the human face through a series of helpful examples and easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects. Projects include a child portrait, an adult portrait, a senior portrait, and others that feature different techniques for capturing expressions and rendering features, including eyes, mouths, noses, and hands.

Featuring the stunning artwork of gifted artist Diane Cardaci, this title features artwork designed to inspire a classical approach to rendering faces in graphite pencil. With its wide-ranging instruction, plethora of artist tips, and beautiful artwork, Faces & Expressions is the perfect resource for any beginning portrait artist.

Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers easy-to-follow guides that introduce artists to basic tools and materials and include simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Drawing: Faces & Expressions allows artists to develop drawing skills by demonstrating how to start with basic shapes and use pencil and shading techniques to create varied textures, values, and details for a realistic, completed portrait drawing.

Drawing Faces and Expressions is a text that will be perfect for beginners as it covers everything you need to get started on portraiture. The only downside for me personally was that, because it also featured all the basics, there wasn't as much room left as I would have liked for sections concentrating on expressions. I think I would have preferred to see the work forgo all the introductory pages in favour of spending more time considering drawing different expressions, with tips and tricks. But, as I said, for art newbies it is a worthwhile read, so I am giving it 4 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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