Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

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F+W Media, 2003 - Art - 144 pages
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Draw amazingly accurate portraits starting today!

Even if you're an absolute beginner, you can render strikingly realistic faces and self-portraits! Instructor and FBI-trained artist Carrie Stuart Parks makes it simple with foolproof step-by-step instructions that are fun and easy to follow. You'll quickly begin to:

  • Master proportions and map facial features accurately
  • Study shapes within a composition and draw them realistically
  • Use value, light and shading to add life and depth to any portrait
  • Render tricky details, including eyes, noses, mouths and hair
Proven, hands-on exercises and before-and-after examples from Parks' students ensure instant success! It's all the guidance and inspiration you need to draw realistic faces with precision, confidence and style!

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User Review  - Billy Milford - Goodreads

Tips on proper proportions of facial features were quite useful. Read full review

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User Review  - Carol Apple - Goodreads

If you want a good set of nitty-gritty get-down-to-business portrait lessons this is a great no-nonsense book. I learned some great tips and can't wait to start experimenting with them. Read full review


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Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning artist and is acknowledged as one of the top forensic art instructors in the nation for her innovative training. An author and illustrator of five North Light books, Carrie has also created drawing and painting videos for adults and children. For more about Carrie and her artwork, visit her online at

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