How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs

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North Light Books, Apr 15, 1995 - Art - 135 pages
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If you've always wanted to draw beautiful, realistic-looking portraits of your favorite people, this step-by-step guide shows you how to do it - better and more easily than you ever thought possible.

&break;&break;Lee Hammond quickly teaches you how to add the illustration of three-dimensional highlights and shadows to simple shapes using pencil shading and blending. After you've got the basics down, you'll learn how to use the same techniques to portray every feature of the human face. You'll also discover how to figure out what the features of your photographed model really look like so you can draw them from different angles. Then Hammond shows you how to put all those features together to create a lifelike portrait that truly captures the individuality of your subject.

&break;&break;After you've completed these easy-to-do drawing exercises, you'll soon be turning the memories frozen in your old snapshots into warm, beautiful works of art.


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Please with purchase; I brought a lot of books and had to return at least half of them because they were not for a beginner, this though was perfect with great instruction... Read full review

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If you would like to learn to draw and really learn to see shapes this is the book for you. I taught drawing classes for a few years from this book and several other books by Lee Hammond. She is an ... Read full review


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Blending The Key to Realistic Portraits
Drawing the Nose
Drawing the Mouth
Drawing the Ear
Drawing the Eyes
Putting It All Together
How to Draw Hair
How to Draw Clothing
How to Draw Hands
Composition Backgrounds and Special Effects

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A professional artist and instructor for 20+ years, Lee Hammond has authored and produced 40+ North Light and ArtistsNetwork.TV products. She has owned and operated the Midwest School of Art in Lenexa, Kansas for six years and now has a studio in Overland Park, Kansas where she teaches. She conducts drawing seminars, gives school lectures and mentors nationwide. Visit her website at

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