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This debut book in the Pocket Art series is packed with expert technical guidance on drawing realistic portraits in pencil and stunning, inspirational examples. London-based artist Joanna Henly (a.k.a. Miss Led) guides you through every aspect of pencil portraiture with a lively, graphic approach to instruction—demystifying the complexities of the human face with step-by-s This debut book in the Pocket Art series is packed with expert technical guidance on drawing realistic portraits in pencil and stunning, inspirational examples. London-based artist Joanna Henly (a.k.a. Miss Led) guides you through every aspect of pencil portraiture with a lively, graphic approach to instruction—demystifying the complexities of the human face with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips. Get started with a quick overview of how to set up your work space, how to hold a pencil, and tips on mark making. A section on understanding the face begins with a look at its underlying structure (the skull and muscles) and includes guidance on capturing facial relationships from different angles.   Then learn to accurately draw each individual feature—eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin tones, and hair—with illustrations of their anatomy and examples of their differing shapes. You’ll also find tips on rendering the facial expressions of your subjects. The exercises demonstrate and reinforce the skills as you go, while the incredible artwork inspires and motivates. With its compact size and sturdy flexi binding, you can carry this invaluable resource everywhere you go—in your backpack, bag, or pocket.


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This debut book in the Pocket Art series is packed with expert technical guidance on drawing realistic portraits in pencil and stunning, inspirational examples. London-based artist Joanna Henly (a.k.a. Miss Led) guides you through every aspect of pencil portraiture with a lively, graphic approach to instruction—demystifying the complexities of the human face with step-by-s This debut book in the Pocket Art series is packed with expert technical guidance on drawing realistic portraits in pencil and stunning, inspirational examples. London-based artist Joanna Henly (a.k.a. Miss Led) guides you through every aspect of pencil portraiture with a lively, graphic approach to instruction—demystifying the complexities of the human face with step-by-step illustrations and expert tips. Get started with a quick overview of how to set up your work space, how to hold a pencil, and tips on mark making. A section on understanding the face begins with a look at its underlying structure (the skull and muscles) and includes guidance on capturing facial relationships from different angles.   Then learn to accurately draw each individual feature—eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin tones, and hair—with illustrations of their anatomy and examples of their differing shapes. You’ll also find tips on rendering the facial expressions of your subjects. The exercises demonstrate and reinforce the skills as you go, while the incredible artwork inspires and motivates. With its compact size and sturdy flexi binding, you can carry this invaluable resource everywhere you go—in your backpack, bag, or pocket.

30 review for Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing: The Quick Guide to Mastering Technique and Style

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing is a wonderful addition to the library of any budding portrait artist. The step-by-step guide covers everything from face shape and alignment to advice on tackling specific features. The handy pocket size will make it easy to carry for artists on the go. I found the section on approaching hair particularly beneficial, as that is the aspect of portraiture I always find hardest to master. I will definitely be giving Henly's technique a try in my next drawing. The only Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing is a wonderful addition to the library of any budding portrait artist. The step-by-step guide covers everything from face shape and alignment to advice on tackling specific features. The handy pocket size will make it easy to carry for artists on the go. I found the section on approaching hair particularly beneficial, as that is the aspect of portraiture I always find hardest to master. I will definitely be giving Henly's technique a try in my next drawing. The only thing I might have liked to have seen included was a little more on shading, but otherwise, this feels like a very complete compact guide. 4.5 stars. I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eve beinguniquebooks

    This is a super handy quick guide to simple ways to draw portrait's. With shaping tips for the face and features with plenty of visual guide and minimal wording, we are shown all aspects of facial features we could need help with. The use of shading is huge as a tip for adding depth and more life to a portrait. With simple pencil drawn guides before and after stages as well as full blown colour face pictures, we can see how the images produced have progressed like ours should do too. Very useful if This is a super handy quick guide to simple ways to draw portrait's. With shaping tips for the face and features with plenty of visual guide and minimal wording, we are shown all aspects of facial features we could need help with. The use of shading is huge as a tip for adding depth and more life to a portrait. With simple pencil drawn guides before and after stages as well as full blown colour face pictures, we can see how the images produced have progressed like ours should do too. Very useful if you're unsure where to start of want to progress and improve your work. Many thanks to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for them!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Janus the Erudite Artist

    One of those times where I feel like I've bitten more than I could chew. My biggest frustrations with my art is learning how to draw people and create portraits. The best I can do at the moment are manga drawings but I thought to check this book out to see what if I can learn something. This book, while very informative, was not as friendly for newbies as I hoped. Maybe if you've already had a bit of experience doing portraits, the artist's tips may be more helpful to you than it is to someone l One of those times where I feel like I've bitten more than I could chew. My biggest frustrations with my art is learning how to draw people and create portraits. The best I can do at the moment are manga drawings but I thought to check this book out to see what if I can learn something. This book, while very informative, was not as friendly for newbies as I hoped. Maybe if you've already had a bit of experience doing portraits, the artist's tips may be more helpful to you than it is to someone like me who has barely started exploring the craft.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    This book is exactly what it sets out to be, a pocket book on portrait drawing. Following the introduction it is divided into four main sections: Your setup; Understanding the face; Features, and Skin Tones and Hair. It explains what you need to prepare to draw and plenty of examples of how to draw a portrait and the different facial features within it. As a guide for a beginner I found this very helpful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Portrait Drawing" provides tips on how to draw simple portraits of people using pencils. The author briefly described the basics of using a pencil to draw (like how to hold the pencil and the types of marks you can make). Then she showed how to draw a general face/head oval and place guidelines on it to help put the facial features in the correct spots. She then focused on drawing each facial feature at various angles and included male/female and age differences. She also provided sketches and "Portrait Drawing" provides tips on how to draw simple portraits of people using pencils. The author briefly described the basics of using a pencil to draw (like how to hold the pencil and the types of marks you can make). Then she showed how to draw a general face/head oval and place guidelines on it to help put the facial features in the correct spots. She then focused on drawing each facial feature at various angles and included male/female and age differences. She also provided sketches and some tips for creating expressions, skin tones, and different types of hair. The book was mainly illustrations showing how to block in the face and features from various viewing angles plus a number of the author's finished portraits. Overall, I'd recommend this book to artists who like examples and tips on creating portraits at unusual angles, as that seemed to be the strong point of this book. I received a free ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The title of "quick guide" really does justice to this book - it is a really quick and short guide to how to draw some portraits. While the tips presented and the illustrations were great (some illustrations were gorgeous), in the end I felt like this book was a little bit too simple and too short. You could gather all the info presented in it and quickly share it in an article in a magazine. It's not something that necessarily I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The title of "quick guide" really does justice to this book - it is a really quick and short guide to how to draw some portraits. While the tips presented and the illustrations were great (some illustrations were gorgeous), in the end I felt like this book was a little bit too simple and too short. You could gather all the info presented in it and quickly share it in an article in a magazine. It's not something that necessarily needs to be a book. But, hey, it is useful too - I am sure the simplicity of it will attract more people to trying their chance at portraits and to learn to observe people more. But after they master these techniques they will need another book to fully create a more complex portrait.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    An invaluable resource for artists who want to include portraits in their skill set. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step examples show the basics of form, proportion, alignment of the face, before moving on to specifics about each detail of the face (eyes, ears, nose, etc.) and how to capture emotions. I would definitely want this handy reference in my library. Very well done!! Many thanks to NetGalley and Rockport Publishing for allowing me to read the book in exchange for an unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This book was an excellent drawing book specifically for those concentrating on drawing portraits. There are a lot of drawing exercises focusing on the details of portraits. The section on how to draw hair was very helpful. This book covers all the important portrait drawing topics, hair type, expressions, skin tone, placement of features and more. I received this galley from NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liana

    An excellent guide for portrait beginners - or people like myself who used to draw but can no longer hold a pencil properly - with wonderful illustrations, techniques, and colours!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    A nice handy sketching book. The instructions are accurate and simple. Perfect for aspiring artists.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing: The quick guide to mastering technique and style by Joanna Henly is a sweet little book that you can keep in your back pocket or keep in your bag that does not take up too much room. It has good tips throughout this book and gives you step by step illustrations on how to draw a face with good detail capturing all facial features and their expressions. It has very clear and good excerises that you can do so you can achieve your perfect drawing of someones face. Thank Pocket Art: Portrait Drawing: The quick guide to mastering technique and style by Joanna Henly is a sweet little book that you can keep in your back pocket or keep in your bag that does not take up too much room. It has good tips throughout this book and gives you step by step illustrations on how to draw a face with good detail capturing all facial features and their expressions. It has very clear and good excerises that you can do so you can achieve your perfect drawing of someones face. Thank you to Rockport Publishers and Negalley for letting me read this book for a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Darlee Hart

  13. 5 out of 5

    Are Martin

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karla King

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bee

    I've always struggled in sketching portraits so I thought I'd give this book a try. I'm pleased to say that after studying some of the step by step instructions and training myself how to really see shapes in the subject, I'm much less terrible and even improving. Great resource for basic anatomy also. I've always struggled in sketching portraits so I thought I'd give this book a try. I'm pleased to say that after studying some of the step by step instructions and training myself how to really see shapes in the subject, I'm much less terrible and even improving. Great resource for basic anatomy also.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Miss Led teach from scratch how to produce portraits. The techniques are easy to follow. The books covers everything: from head to shoulders. Excellent book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Mathew

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Greatrex

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathy M

    This is a great book if you like learning by mostly illustrations. It gave a clear, concise drawings with tips mixed in. Good for beginners.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pat

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Richards

  24. 5 out of 5

    LadyS

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cristina Bucur

  26. 5 out of 5

    Castles

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carl L Englund

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Sinchak

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adam Bermingham

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