Saturday, July 05, 2008

Secrets To Drawing Realistic Faces Chp 5-10

Finished! Hooray!

Source Picture


I enjoyed following along with "Secrets To Drawing Realistic Faces" by Carrie Stewart Parks.

Chapter 5 - Shade
Carrie teaches us to use values to shade our self-portraits which really gives dimension to our drawing.

Chapter 6 - Drawing Eyes
This chapter and the remaining chapters refine what we already know adding additional tips and measurements. This chapter gave my eyes life and you should be able to see the difference. I did.

Chapter 7 - Drawing Noses
Again, some refinements to my nose created a more realistic nose,,,pug that it is :)

Chapter 8 - Drawing Lips and Teeth
More expounding on lips and teeth to make a more realistic portrait.

Chapter 9 - Drawing The Head
Explains the difference between adult and child heads and between male and female heads. Much good info here.

Chapter 10 - Drawing Hair
Good chapter, discusses hair types, shades and highlights.

All in all this is the best book I have read on portraits. I learned a lot and I think the difference between my before picture and my after picture is astounding. I will be looking for more books by this author. Thank you Carrie!

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Frances said...

wow - that is some difference.
The thing that shouts out to me is the hair. I don't know why - but it really looks like shiny hair in the new version - can't tell if it is the book that's good, or the practice that is making the difference, but the shading and pencil work generally looks smoother and more assured. Go gal! I hope to have my second drawing lesson today, when my teacher finally emerges from bed!!! I haven't done enough homework, but I can see an improvement already and am hoping to be able to draw as I want to by the end of the summer

Katlynn's Momma said...

WOW! The eyes are amazing. You can almost see your soul in them. Great job. I really enjoyed this post.

Carrie said...

What a wonderful job! I'm so proud of you! Keep drawing. You're on a roll.
Carrie Stuart Parks

dianeclancy said...

Wow, Bobbie!!

This is an incredible difference!! You are making amazing progress ....

I am so impressed and heartened in case I want to get better at drawing!!

~ Diane Clancy

Artist Anika said...

A great improvement. Still needs a little work (the oval shape of the head, in this case, is wrong) but it is an incredible improvement. It seems like that was a very helpful book.

Bobbie said...

Thank you so much for giving me encouragement to continue my quest in learning how to draw. I appreciate your comments either negative or positive as always. So good to have friends like you :)

Artist Anika said...

Thanks for commenting back. I don't often see that, though I read and comment on a lot of blogs. I actually found your blog through a Google Alert for the keyword "Facial proportions." I have set up an account with Google ( that emails me anytime someone posts a blog about a topic I created an alert for. As I am an artist and interested in all things art, I get alerts for lots of different art blogs.

Anyway, thank you so much for commenting back and I look forward to where you take your drawing. I will be checking back, gladly.

The Artful Eye said...

Outstanding accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself.

Keep the drawings coming.

John said...

Excellewmnt start - every long journey starts with a seingle step and maybe a sharpened pencil and some erasers.

I particualrly like the left eye and the 3D effect of the neck.

Bev said...

This portrait seems to have a nice warm glow to it, like the photo.

Looks very accomplished to me and I hope you enjoyed the process.

pug LOL, no you haven't!!! I bet everyone could find something wrong with their faces if they were spending so much time examining them while drawing them LOL

Irene said...

I think you've done a terrific job, so that book is worth its while. You truly are an artist, no doubt about it.

John said...

congrats to a great great grandma...

marianne said...

This is really realistic! Very well done!

I have an award waiting for you on my blog!
Please stop by to pick it up.
Greetings Marianne

Rima said...

Wowee, Bobbie! This is really, really good - this is like the earlier collages you made, starting out a little tentatively, then really soaring with your own signature esthetic.
The illustrator in me also loves the first attempt, that twinkle in the eye and the lovely smile are quite charming and engaging.
Love that you're showing us this. Between you and Frances, now I have to get off my considerable behind and dust off my sketchbook!

marianne said...

An award is waiting for you on my blog!
Love >M<
(this is another one :))

Enzie Shahmiri said...

Bobbie, you are blogging again and I have missed it! I love your drawing, well done! Self-portraits are really not that easy and you did a wonderful job!

Deef said...

Très beau résultat ! Bravo, il faut continuer ;))

Enzie Shahmiri said...

Bobbie, you did a wonderful job and I hope that you are hooked on doing more portraits. Portraiture is considered the most difficult style to master and requires continues training. But isn't it just awesome when you see a person looking back at you from a flat surface?!

Great job!

Fawzan Barrage said...

Wow! You did an excellent job on this!!! I am so happy to see it!!

Rick said...

I think that you're very good - that's what I think. (Dropped over from Enzie's blog)

Aunti said...

This is great! All that talent! wow!