In this innovative guide, William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.
Maughan first introduces readers to the basics of this centuries-old technique, showing how to analyze form, light, and shadow; use dark pencil and white pencil on toned paper to create a full range of values; use the elements of design to enhance a likeness; and capture a sitter’s gestures and proportions. He then demonstrates, step by step, how to draw each facial feature.
My name is Kenneth Weinfurtner and I teach a portrait drawing class at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, Va.
I use your book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, to teach a tonal/chiaroscuro style of portraiture.
This email comes from Cornwall UK, where I work as an illustrator and author of the Landybooks
I am writing to thank you for the help I’ve been looking for, for 20 years…your drawing book is an absolute gem.
I’ve been searching the internet to find if there are any other books by you on life drawing or painting – but no luck! Do you have any plans for further books?
I feel sure that there are hundreds of people like myself who would love more help! Please!
Thanks you so much again.
With kind regards
My wife and I own and operate an art supplies store in Takapuna Beach on the North Shore of Auckland City, New Zealand. We are selling your book here at the store and we can’t keep it in stock. Your work is striking as usual
Jim Auckland. Illustrator and past Instructor at “Otis art institute” CA