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Drawing Portraits: Faces and Figures (Art of Drawing) (The Art of Drawing)
Drawing Portraits: Faces and Figures (Art of Drawing) (The Art of Drawing)
by Giovanni Civardi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Drawing Portraits, 8 Jun. 2009
Before I bought this book I was hopeless at drawing portraits. I had been drawing for many years - mainly landscapes and observation drawings - but I had never drawn many portraits and the ones I had done were not that good. However, once I purchased this book, there was a vast improvement.

Giovanni looks at the major features of the face: the eyes, nose, mouth and ears. For each feature, he gives a brief description of the factors to take into account when drawing them, a step-by-step guide to drawing them and several example drawings. After explaining the techniques taken through drawing each feature, Giovanni takes a step-by-step approach to drawing the whole face and follows with several example portraits explaining the distinguishable features of each portrait. The approach goes through the basic steps to drawing the face from drawing a brief outline, identifying the major features and slowly building up the detail.

There are two things that I didn't like about this book, mind you. The first is that Giovanni doesn't explain about drawing the hair. All the example portraits have hair but I find they are drawn in a very simple and somewhat childlike manner. The second problem with this book is that Giovanni only shows you how to draw the features from one perspective. He doesn't explain about different expressions and only explains a bit about viewing the features from different angles.

I have used this book strictly as an introduction to drawing portraits. If you would like a more detailed book, I seriously recommend 'The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head' by William Maughan.

Overall, this is a good book if you are interested in starting to learn how to draw portraits; however people who already have experience may not find it as useful.

The Art Book
The Art Book
by Phaidon
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 9 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Art Book (Paperback)
Whether you are studying art for your career, have a keen interest in it or just love to view works of art, you will really like this book.

It is basically a reference of several artists with a small picture of their most famous work. There are details about the artwork - materials used, when it was produced, where it can be found; and the artist - the place and date of their birth and (if applicable) death. As well as this, there are also a few paragraphs taking a brief insight into the artist and their work. Towards the end of the book, there is also a glossary of technical terms and artistic movements, and a directory of museums and art galleries across the world.

The pictures are relatively small, but not that small that you can't appreciate them. After all, this is just a reference book giving you insight to the different artists.

This book has been published in TWO different sizes and the version I purchased was the smaller of the two.

In conclusion, this is a really good book and I recommend it to anyone who has even the slightest interest in art.

Concise Oxford Thesaurus
Concise Oxford Thesaurus
by Oxford Dictionaries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.00

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 Feb. 2009
This is an excellent, well priced thesaurus with a large choice of synonyms for each word. It's a relatively large book, which means it's easy on the eyes when searching through it. It also contains a wordfinder which allows you to look up words for different things. E.g. human bones, illnesses, phobias, animals etc.

A really good buy.

Learn To Play Jimi Hendrix [DVD]
Learn To Play Jimi Hendrix [DVD]
Price: £27.40

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good DVD, 23 July 2007
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The great thing about this DVD is that Danny Gill makes the Hendrix songs really easy to learn by taking you through each song step by step. Particularly with Hey Joe, Danny shows you have to play the verse riffs using simple chords with little bits added to them. However, if you read any of the tablature books, the verses look a lot more difficult.

Two extra features that are included with this DVD are full performances by Danny Gill for each of the songs played over the backing tracks and a five minute overview on the Fender Strat.

I have wrote down the songs below and give my opinion on them.

Purple Haze - He does this brilliantly and even shows you the outro where the song fades out.

Hey Joe - Like I said he makes this song easier to learn by using chord progressions for the verses.

The Wind Cries Mary - I have only looked at the intro to this song but it is still shown simply and effectively.

Little Wing - If you listen to Little Wing there are a lot of little bits all put together to form the song. Once again Danny divides the song into sections and takes it gradually.

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - this was the reason I bought the DVD. He shows you all of the song up to the second solo (outro). This part sounds slightly different from the actual song, but if you follow the DVD you SHOULD be able to improvise and put something together. It also helps if you have the right effects for this song.

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