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Drawing: The Head: Learn the Classical Approach Step By Step (How to Draw and Paint) [Paperback]

Nathan Rohlander
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24 May 2011 How to Draw and Paint

Drawing the human head is often considered the most challenging but rewarding drawing subject. To take away some of the challenge, this book breaks down the process of drawing the head into easy steps and stages. In Drawing: The Head, accomplished artist Nathan Rohlander guides readers through the classical approach to drawing, from the initial “block in” stage to details and finishing touches.


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster; Original edition (24 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600582060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600582066
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 25.4 x 35.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathan Rohlander is an artist and art instructor living in South Pasadena, CA.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and enjoyable 8 July 2011
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This How to Draw book from the series of that name offers practical skills to capture the likeness and render lifelike features when drawing the head. It gives sample drawings featuring different poses, expressions and skin tones. It starts with an overview of materials then goes on to the basic shape of the head illustrating a face on and side view of the head with the placement of the facial features and the latter are also dealt with in detail too. Exercises to build skill include foreshortening, contour and planar drawings, additive and subtractive charcoal and understanding values, working in black and white on tonal paper and pastel portraits. Tips are included for conveying personality. Each exercise is presented with an overview, step by step instructions and excellent drawings showing the stages of building up a portrait. If you have been having difficulty with any of the above points, or are new to drawing heads, this should set you firmly on the right path. It is thorough, easy to use and I think it will enhance your drawing skills. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing 7 Mar 2013
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A good simple, easy to follow instruction book for a beginner like me. Just need time to sit and practise more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For A Beginner! 24 Jun 2011
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a thin 32 page large format (13.5 x 10 inch) book that is stapled bound. This is a good book for a beginner! The portraits look realistic but they are not HIGHLY realistic, some of the pencil strokes and shading are loosely suggested. It discusses materials as well as head measurements and proportions (front view and profile view). It demonstrates how to draw the head from any angle (foreshortened views) by using the box method. It shows how to draw the eye in front view, the nose in profile view, the ear (in front view or slightly turned view?), the mouth in front view. It shows how to do a contour drawing of a female and discusses planar analysis (planes of the face). It also gives information on the following: measuring & point of view, practicing self portraits, light & shadow, quick sketches, sketching a likeness, costume elements, using toned paper. There are 9 step by step demonstrations of portraits to draw:

Using graphite pencil:
1) Caucasian woman with long straight dark hair, neutral expression, three quarter view
2) Woman in profile view, the drawing on the front cover of the book
3) Caucasian man with beard wearing hat and jacket, neutral expression, front view
4) Caucasian woman with long curly dark hair, expression of fear, three quarter view
5) Caucasian man partially bald with beard and one hand on chin, expression the thinker, 7/8 profile view
6) Caucasian woman with long curly dark hair, drama expression, front view head tilted toward the side

Using black charcoal:
7) Caucasian woman with mid-length straight dark hair, slight smile expression, three quarter view

Using black and white charcoal on toned paper:
8) Caucasian woman with long curly dark hair, neutral expression, three quarter view head tilted down

Using pastel (portrait done in color):
9) Caucasian woman wearing a blonde straight bob hairstyle, neutral expression, three quarter view
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and enjoyable 8 July 2011
By K. Platt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This How to Draw book from the series of that name offers practical skills to capture the likeness and render lifelike features when drawing the head. It gives sample drawings featuring different poses, expressions and skin tones. It starts with an overview of materials then goes on to the basic shape of the head illustrating a face on and side view of the head with the placement of the facial features and the latter are also dealt with in detail too. Exercises to build skill include foreshortening, contour and planar drawings, additive and subtractive charcoal and understanding values, working in black and white on tonal paper and pastel portraits. Tips are included for conveying personality. Each exercise is presented with an overview, step by step instructions and excellent drawings showing the stages of building up a portrait. If you have been having difficulty with any of the above points, or are new to drawing heads, this should set you firmly on the right path. It is thorough, easy to use and I think it will enhance your drawing skills. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good fuide book 28 Dec 2013
By Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is just what I was looking for. Great information. Good for beginners and even advanced artists. Would recommend it to others.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent value 16 Dec 2012
By JJLouis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love these little guides. I've been drawing for years and hope to pass these down to my kids someday. They're very informative and easy to use.
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