Sunday, May 17, 2020

Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces

Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces is a step by step tutorial book by Amarilys Henderson. Released 18th Feb 2020 by Quarto on their Quarry imprint, it's 144 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats.

This is a well presented and colorful tutorial guide for rendering faces in several media: watercolors, liquid pigment, paint paper pigments, and inks & markers. The tutorials are very well illustrated and include step by step process illustrations.

The tools and materials are universal and will already be owned by most artists. For readers starting from scratch, the basics are easily accessible and inexpensive. The introduction includes a good discussion of tools and materials and cover both practical (what paper to choose) to encouraging general advice (getting over the intimidation of starting and gaining confidence).

The instructional chapters break down the face into features, showing proportions and individual eyes, noses, hair, etc and then show the student how to build the parts into a cohesive and pleasing whole. The whole book is quite versatile, but I think the art is especially suited to (and I will use it for) enhancing bullet journals. I had been looking for a specific tutorial guide for bu-jo sketching and this is a nice one.

This would make a superlative selection for a makers group/studio or for the home library. The numerous well illustrated included tutorials are simple but really appealing.

Five stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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