Here below is a review of Christopher Sia’s “Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery”, which is an online course teaching you how to draw realistic looking pencil portraits.The lessons themselves comprise of two hundred and eight pages and over six hundred illustrations.
The main idea behind each lesson is to teach you how to draw an outline of a particular facial feature like a nose or an ear and then slowly shade it in. The course provides informative instruction and guidelines which you definitely wouldn’t be able to catch on your own. Each out of five ebook lessons provides a process map and contains useful tips on how to approach or go about drawing a particular feature.
Another useful bundle that comes in the package are seventy black and white, high resolution pictures – mug shots – of celebrities. These are a brilliant reference for anyone who is starting out.
Additionally you also get thirty close-ups of various facial features so you can notice how these differ from man to man. There is also a separate twelve weeks exercise package providing additional information on shading methods.
Once you purchase the course you also have a chance of upgrading to receive thirty more celebrity mugs plus more techniques and tips on how to make your drawings even more sharp and lifelike.
This course is extremely useful if you’re looking to learn to draw from a photograph, it does not teach you drawing from memory. Overall, the course is very informative giving well detailed step-by-step info and great tips on how to easily get away with drawing difficult parts like ears or hair.
Make sure to book a lot of free time since there is enough reference materials to keep you busy for long winter months. The hi-res crisp photos make it easy for you and are a pleasure to work with. So if you’re interested in improving your drawing game from the photos go for it, if you hope to learn to draw from memory, forget about it and look somewhere else.
Artist Parks claims that even beginners can draw faces realistically by perceiving proportions and accurately rendering, via facial mapping, the features that make one face distinct from another. In Secrets to Drawing Realistic …
I must admit that I still can’t draw perfectly realistic faces, but that’s because I don’t practice as much. The good thing is after reading this book, at least I know my problematic areas, and can concentrate on fixing them.
Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces
Carrie Stuart Parks, published 2003, 144 pages
Drawing Secrets: Realistic Faces with Carrie Stuart Parks
In this preview from the full-length video playing now on ArtistsNetwork.TV, Carrie shows you how easy it is to create realistic eyes using simple linework, blending and erasing techniques. Visit www.ArtistsNetwork.tv for access to the full-length video in which Carrie will show you how to draw a realistic face step-by-step as she guides you through several demonstrations of a variety of facial features. After learning how to measure and draw accurate proportions, chapters are broken down into individual features (eyes, nose, mouth, head shapes). You’ll finish up with lessons on how to shade and draw hair. Carrie’s friendly instruction and helpful tips will give you the skills you need to draw your own favorite faces.
Learn how to draw a realistic human face step-by-step in the latest drawing video workshop from Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks. Carrie shows you all the great face drawing tips & techniques you’ll need to craft realistic & accurate faces in this drawing DVD.