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Why Measure? The 10 Day Portrait Drawing Crash Course [Paperback]

Daniel McGowan
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Book Description

4 Nov 2012
Important Note:- Unlike most tutorials, I offer Free after sales help, to all purchasers of my book.. Should there be anything you do not understand or have a problem with, then I am at fault, but am here to help and really want you to succeed. Email me (djrmcgowan@uwclub.net) and I will genuinely help you all I can. This virtually guarantees your success. Remember, nothing will be gained by simply reading information. It is the doing, that counts. Follow the exercises, practice well and your success is assured. My system works! Myself, students and artists of all levels are proving it every day, so why not you? Now, throw away those measuring sticks. Tear up your tracing paper! Stop wasting time drawing up grids! Learn something simple that works! Create your own STYLE of drawing, like your handwriting with a breakthrough technique that teaches you naturally! This book will give you confidence in your drawing. See improved results in DAYS! This 10 Day Portrait Drawing Crash Course is unlike any other you have ever seen, read, watched or class you have attended. Although this book is small in volume, inside you will find a wealth of experience, tips and knowledge gained over more than 70 years. It will truly take you step by step on a 10 day unique journey towards achieving your very own style and signature in portraiture drawing. All this will be accomplished by you devoting your time, effort and practice for the next 10 days, without any aids ( or crutches) of using camera projection, the pre drawing of grids, *tracing or measuring. I could have called this book ‘Scribble Your Style Into Portraits’, because I want you to keep all your drawings and exercises very ‘loose’. Do not worry about making nice clean marks on the paper, really scribble every line and mark you make. No other person can scribble or write like you and this ultimately should be your goal to establishing your own ‘style’ Along the way you will be introduced to various tips and techniques, some old, some new, but all tried, tested and proven. These methods will guide you towards progressing your skill and your own style, like your written signature. Have faith, practice well and before this short course is ended, you will SEE your efforts rewarded.

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  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480235415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480235410
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.6 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book! 17 Nov 2012
I've been using this book to free up my drawing capabilities.
I'm not a beginner, but my drawing takes time.
This book has shown me how to draw freehand and with confidence.
Against the author's instructions I completed every exercise one after the other - but doing this made me realise that it would improve my skills no end if I went back and followed to the letter. Already the improvement is noticeable.
Whilst the instruction is clear, you do have to think about what you're doing - the results however are well worth it.
Buy this book, follow the instruction, think about what you're doing, your drawing will improve. Mine has.
This is a gem of a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Gem! 9 Jan 2014
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Its taken me around 9 months to write this review about Why Measure for various reasons, but the main one being that I wanted to test the theories therein and believe that Daniels lovely and simple approach to a complicated and scary subject worked. It does! I just completed my first self portrait without any fear or practically even any thought on how I was going to tackle it. I just went with Daniels pointers and laid down my simple and basic drawing getting the proportions in place and was thrilled with the results. Its taken nearly a year to love this book, but I do! Its unconventional in its delivery but its honest. Will be far more confident in painting people I know now without fear of insulting them too badly! B
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really hepful book 26 Nov 2012
I really like the way Danny McGowan sets this book out. I love drawing but found getting a good likeness very difficult. Using this method I actually did drawings of my father, son and grandson and achieved a likeness that was totally accepted by them all and by other family members. I recommend this book and suggest strongly that you don't jump forward but stick with the exercises. It works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opener! 29 Aug 2013
If you approach the exercises with an open mind (and eyes!) Your drawing will improve. You need to carry out the exercises even if at first it doesn't seem to make sense, it actually does! I would add that it helps overcome the 'fear' many of us have to trust our instincts and draw in a more natural way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best portrait instruction book available 5 Mar 2013
Why Measure the 10 days crash course by Daniel Mcgowan
One of the best books I have read recently on portraits. After long while of trying to draw portraits finally there is a simple solution and explanation that everyone can use to draw portraits. I have purchased several books in the past and still made mistakes drawing until I have started following these book simple instructions. I would like to recommend that book which is a must for any person who would like to draw a portrait correctly without the need to measure and get lost in the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener! 17 Dec 2012
By helen
I found this book to be really clear and straight forward and realised straight away where i had been going wrong. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and i look forward to producing many improved portraits! I recommend this to everyone!
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