Drawing faces has always been intimidating. Dont even start on painting and the shading it takes to give a face dimension. I've spent a lot of time searching for answers and trying out what I learned but more often than not I wasn't happy with the finished product.
When I saw Jane Davenport had a book coming out about drawing faces I was intrigued. Could she be the one to help me? I wasn't sure but her promo video was darling, I had to give it a try, she says its her super power, after all. I am so glad I did.
Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces is a bright and colorful book filled with delicious pictures. Its divided into four chapters.
The first an overview of supplies she uses. I liked this because I had an understanding of what and why she was using things.
The second chapter, drawing tiny faces, I didnt understand at first but then Jane explained. Drawing small is the simplest way to learn. Drawing small relieves the need
for lots of details and stressing over perfection. She calls it a "draw happy" face.
The third chapter breaks down each facial feature in detail.
Chapter four is adding color and making faces come alive. There's fifteen projects, all done with a different technique. I love the variety, if one technique doesnt suit you, try another one. Its just practice, you can do it!
Drawing & Painting Beautiful Faces is a great referance book and fun to look at. It can teach beginners how to create faces and artists who already know the basics can learn some new techniques.
All the faces are whimsical and stylized. Jane refers to it as "Jane-style" so your projects will have a distinct look in eyes and lips but she helps us to become comfortable making a face. Once comfortable, its time to step out, expirement, and make the faces we like.
There were a few times I wished things were explained a little more indepth but Jane also offers a class expounding on the book. I bet the missing answers can be found there!