Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing: The quick guide to mastering technique and style

Author(s): Joanna Henly

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The instructions are quick visual exercises in Pocket Art: Portraits, the first book in the new Pocket Art series.This lively, graphic approach to explaining concepts will have you looking and learning with step by step illustrations and expert tips straight from London-based artist 'Miss Led' (aka Joanna Henly). This compact 112-page book is just right for carrying in a backpack or pocket for when you're learning on the go.Henly begins with 'Understanding the Face', then guides you through 'Expressions and Character', 'Drawing from Imagination', 'Working from Photographs', 'Working with a Model', and concludes with a gallery of drawings which demonstrate and reinforce everything you've learned so far.


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Joanna Henly, well known by her professional name, Miss Led, is an illustrator, artist, and art director based in East London. As an illustrator she works by commission for corporate brands, products, packaging, and advertising campaigns with specific experience within fashion, beauty, and technology sectors. As an artist she works on projects from portrait commissions to large scale complex works. These are often in public spaces or live performances. In addition she creates personal work, which is exhibited globally, and sells beautiful prints and originals online. Jo is a strong promoter of professional practice within her art and illustration, including as a Global Ambassador for Liquitex paints and European Ambassador for Wacom. She is also a passionate educator, promoted via social media and podcasts to her online audience, which reaches 1.3 million people.

Pocket Art: Portraits Introduction What's great about drawing. - Carrying a sketchbook and drawing tools - Magic of capturing those moments - Seeing inspiration everywhere Can add a reference to the other figure drawing book here as a great companion :) Part One Understanding the face : Basic face structure & breaking down the different face shapes - different face shapes (round, oblong, square etc) maybe? - relationships and proportions (between the eyes and the ears, nose to mouth, etc) - The curved nature of the face (looking at different angles, with above rules in place) Each of the following will fill a page The Eye The Nose The Mouth The Ears Hair Part Two Expressions & Character - How to capture a moment ( a smile, a tilt of a head) that is momentary. That brings character and life into your portrait - How to read a portrait and create the right mood and setting Part Three Drawing from imagination - Adding a narrative to your portrait Introducing supporting characters and text Part Four Working from photographs & working with a model - How to chose photographs to use as reference - What to add as artistic license - Sometimes its not about what you add, it's what you take away Part Five Choosing Materials - Adding movement and drama with watercolour - Keep your lines crisp and tight with pencil and pen - Create vivid masterpieces with mixed mediaGallery of works

General Fields

  • : 9781631594694
  • : Rockport Publishers Inc.
  • : Rockport Publishers Inc.
  • : March 2018
  • : 203mm X 127mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 112
  • : 200 color images