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Portraits (How to Draw) Paperback – 1 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (1 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843303817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843303817
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susie Hodge has a passion for art education and has been teaching practical art and art history to children and adults for over 11 years. She has written and illustrated many books including "Art Attack" How to Draw, Drawing... is Fun! and many titles in the Art in History series. She also works for the Royal Academy, the Tate and the V&A museum to produce booklets for visitors, teachers and students. She lives in Westcliff-in-Sea, Essex.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic for anyone of any age or ability who wants to learn to draw portraits really well. When you first look at the finished drawings, you think 'I could never draw like that', but if you work through the clearly explained instructions then you'll find that you can get a likeness and build up your skills. The book helps with all sorts of basic techniques and gives you confidence to draw your own portraits and develop your own style.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kiley Richmond on 17 Nov. 2005
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I don't normally review books, but I followed the previous reviewer's advice and bought both books and have to disagree - I regularly enjoy Susie Hodge's work and find her books informative annd stimulating, with a lively enthusiasm that is infectious. I recommend her work to anyone, from beginner to expert!
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I have only glanced through the book and it looks to be a useful guide to anyone beginning to do portraits.
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By Jan on 12 Jan. 2015
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Very good Book
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not For Beginners But Still Very Good 27 Oct. 2005
By Blueberry Muffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I came across this book while I was at the bookstore this past weekend and I was really impressed with it. What I really like about Hodge's technique is that she does not rely on the grid method to complete a drawing. In each of her drawings she starts off with simple shapes and then demonstrates step by step how to get a finished realistic portrait. The title says this is a book for beginners, but some of the techniques and mediums that Hodge presents (ie: ink, colored pencil, charcoal; stippling, cross hatching, etc.) are too advanced for someone who is just starting to draw. Lee Hammond's "Draw Real People!" is more appropriate for beginners who need a basic understanding about shading and facial proportions (through the grid method). Hodge's book is more suitable for an intermediate who is ready to draw free style, experiment with different mediums, and find his/her own drawing style.
Portraits - Art Tutorial 3 Mar. 2012
By Johnnie - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is okay, but it could have included a more detailed step by step intro to each drawing. The book is supposed to be for beginners, and I thought it might be good for my granddaughter to use; it is a little too advanced for her because it lacks the basic instructions which she needs.
GOOD BOOK TO HELP WITH DRAWING HUMANS. 11 Oct. 2013
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THIS IS A BEAUTIFULLY DONE BOOK AND EASY TO UNDERSTAND. THE ILLUSTRATIONS WERE CLEAR AND EASY TO FOLLOW. I PLAN TO KEEP USING THIS BOOK TO LEARN MORE AS I DRAW.
BRENDA
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eh....... 30 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was gonna buy this book when it 1st came out but never got the chance. I had never seen the inside of it until recently. I was definitely not impressed. She's not a bad artist but I feel that her portraits look unfinished. They could use a lot more work to look better & more complete. I agree that it isn't exactly a beginner's book.
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