The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head

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Watson-Guptill Publications, Jan 1, 2004 - Art - 160 pages
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In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.

Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old technique, showing how to analyze form, light, and shadow; use dark pencil, white pencil, and toned paper to create a full range of values; use the elements of design to enhance a likeness; and capture a sitter’s gestures and proportions. He then demonstrates, step by step, how to draw each facial feature, develop visual awareness, and render the head in color with soft pastels.

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User Review  - Vishal B - Goodreads

Recently started.... Great book. First few pages and It already taught me a great deal in to values and tones and how to express them. Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Williams - Goodreads

Loved reading this and looking forward to trying out these techniques. Read full review

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William Maughan has taught advanced head drawing, head painting, and landscape painting at both the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He lives in Napa, CA.

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