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This book is the perfect guide for creating lifelike representations of the human head in graphite. Experienced artist Lance Richlin begins by explaining drawing tools and materials, shading techniques, and the important anatomical structures of the head. Following these basics, he shows how to light the subject, block in and render each feature of the face, and address a variety of expressions--from subtle smiles to toothy grins. Then he guides the reader through four impressive projects, showing how to develop a lifelike head drawing in seven simple stages: the lay-in, plumb lines, volume, outline, tonal pattern, value, and finishing. Readers also will find an in-depth troubleshooting section to help them identify and solve any problems that lessen the realism and accuracy of their drawings. In an age full of technological shortcuts, this book emphasises drawing from life and seeks to preserve the methods of the old masters.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781600580666
ISBN-10: 1600580661
Format: Paperback
(165mm x 241mm x 8mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Walter Foster Publishing
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Publish Date: 13-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lance Richlin

A master of drawing, painting, and sculpture, Lance Richlin has taught every aspect of classical art--from anatomy and perspective to traditional oil painting techniques. He has lectured at several art colleges in southern California, and has had his work exhibited in museums around the USA.