Sunday 5 January 2020

Book Review: Drawing Faces by Walter Foster (Art/Non-Fiction)

Title: Drawing Faces
Author: Walter Foster
Quarto - Walter Foster

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


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

Successfully drawing the human face is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, artistic experiences. With a wealth of detailed step-by-step projects to both re-create and admire, Faces teaches the basics of drawing human facial features with graphite pencil. In addition to the step-by-step drawing projects, Faces includes information on choosing art materials, building with basic shapes, placing proportionate features, defining facial expression, and shading to develop form and realism. Discover how to render a variety of faces with simple instructions and tips on how to adapt your drawings for varied angles and emotions.

Acclaimed artist Walter T. Foster shares his personal methods for rendering the human face in all its expressiveness as he introduces tips and techniques for approaching babies, children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Easy-to-follow demonstrations and helpful techniques for drawing correct head and facial proportions, eyes, noses, lips, and ears make this book a necessary addition to every artist’s library of drawing references.

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 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 can be a challenge, but with this step-by-step guide, you’ll be rendering realistic portraits in no time. 

Drawing Faces was a mixed bag for me. The introductory pages are sound, with useful information on things like proportion and shading. However, this is a heritage text, and as such the example giving look very dated, which may be off-putting for some readers. The style for portraiture has changed somewhat since these pieces were first drawn, which makes them feel a little irrelevant now. In conclusion, I am giving this book 3 stars. It has some good information, so beginners may want to check it out, but be aware that the style of the examples may not be to everyone's taste.

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

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