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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: 21.6 x 0.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bix Nash on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. A. Waters on 26 Nov. 2012
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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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Daniel is a very genuine person and dedicated artist, we became friends when he visited my studios for lessons using acrylics. We have since had fun painting each other’s portraits in our own, differing, styles. He has very kindly presented me with a copy of his book and asked if I would write a review. As a professional I will do so as openly as possible, especially as I do work in alternative methods. I hope that this helps potential customers in deciding if this book is for them? In my view any assistance that helps inspire artists to try, to have a go, to gain confidence and succeed, who otherwise may not, must be good? The other complimentary comments, here, already reflect that? E.g. I may not rate Bob Ross’s work as great art, but he has introduced thousands to the pleasure of painting? If you seek a book that will teach you how to draw a totally accurate and photographic representation of a portrait then this book is not intended for you. You may be disappointed and write a derogatory review as we see here? The very title, author’s description and cover drawing tell you that this book is introducing you to a much looser ethos of working that is not dependent on total accuracy. It may, though, enable you to develop your own more individual personal and looser style and more importantly, as a beginner, get you started in making a portrait that you will be pleased with and you would not have had the confidence to do otherwise?! This could be a stepping stone and springboard to, then, developing more accuracy and other styles, if you so wish, with your new found confidence? My star rating is based upon this. To see my watercolour portrait of Daniel view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt33lnd1GPQ&list=UU9OSomer-o_VGGilGVp8i9g Or see http://peterwoodarts.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doronart on 5 Mar. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 29 Aug. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By helen on 17 Dec. 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Nov. 2012
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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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