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(Drawing Portraits.pdf) Achieving a likeness in portrait requires close coordination of the hand and eye Douglas Graves a professional portraitist has developed this basic premise into a functional technique He describes portraiture as an evolving process observing the basic surface shapes discovering how these features deviate from the symmetrical ideal envisioning the underlying human anatomy interpreting the sitter s personality then conveying all this with a direct medium in a tonal drawing br br Mr Graves begins with a list and discussion of the necessary materials compressed and vine charcoal chalk Conte graphite pencils papers erasers and fixative He next focuses on the single most important element of the portrait the sitter s head He examines the overall bone structure of the head it s proportions and planes and the structure of the individual features the eye nose neck ear and mouth Of course portraiture often includes the hands and so Mr Graves devotes another chapter to the bone structure muscle and proportions of the hands In subsequent chapters he considers common portraiture problems lighting the sitter reflections and shadows composing the portrait with one or more figures the most effective views of the head and positioning the head and the hands in relation to each other and to the body br br After these preliminary instructions Mr Graves proceeds to analyze and illustrate how to actually draw the individual elements of the portrait Eight projects offer step by step demonstrations of front side and three quarter views of the eye nose mouth ear and hand Also included are demonstrations of drawing a plaster cast of the head the torso and arm with drapery and various hair textures and colors br br In the succeeding ten projects Mr Graves develops complete portraits demonstrating his technique step by step He covers a wide range of subjects and media a woman child and man in charcoal a woman teenager and older man in pencil a woman and man in chalk a mother and child and a full family group in Conte Mr Graves also supplements his technical instructions with some advice about drawing from photographs using unusual or offbeat poses and the question of flattery br br i Drawing Portraits i is simply yet engagingly written with over black and white illustrations Artists beginning and advanced students and teachers will find Mr Graves technique of portraiture clearly and logically presented and a solid basis for developing a personal styleDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Drawing Portraits books for multiple devices.