The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
The artist's complete guide to drawing the headUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This solid effort uses a drawing method based on value, rather than line, and on the centuries-old principles of chiaroscuro. The latter creates an illusion of three-dimensionality by studying light ... Read full review
Other editions - View all
analogous color appear applied artist blue blue-green blue-violet bottom plane brow CarbOthello chamois charcoal pencil chin color theory color wheel complementary color composition contour cool create dark accents darker describe distance doughnut drawing surface eye level foreshortened form-shadow front and side front plane gesture gesture drawing hair halftone hard edge iris kneaded eraser light and shadow light side light source lighter linear perspective lower lid middle value model's head Mona Lisa negative shapes negative space nose and mouth orange orbicular cavity orbicular muscle orbit paper value pastel pigment perspective photo reference placement portrait position primary primary colors proportions recede red-orange red-violet reflected light rendered scumbling sfumato shadow edges shadow shapes shadow side shadows begin side planes soft edge source of light Spray fixative structure three-quarter view tilt tints and shades underpainting upper lid viewer violet visually warm yellow yellow-green yellow-orange