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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Children eBook

By Carrie Stuart Parks & Rick Parks

Format: eBook

SKU# Z5704

You’ll Love This Drawing eBook If:

  • You want to create a special portrait of your child or grandchild
  • You want to learn new drawing techniques for achieving the proportions of a child’s face
  • You love the detailed teaching style of Carrie Stuart Parks & Rick Parks

Capture a moment in your child’s life with a special drawing. Learn how to draw more realistic portraits of your child or grandchild with step-by-step instruction from Carrie Stuart Parks & Rick Parks. These expert professional composite artists show you their favorite approaches to how to draw children. These foolproof techniques cover pencil portrait using just a few simple materials. Discover the secret to taking strong reference photos, create correct facial proportions and draw kid’s faces from different angles.

Use shading and light in order to create depth, detail and life in your drawn portraits. Incorporate props and get great tips for drawing shiny, realistic hair instantly when you download this eBook to your computer or tablet. Convey the true sense of character of your favorite child. These step-by-step demonstrations and page after page of tips you’ll create precious images of your child. Drawing a child requires different techniques and proportions, learn to create the true sense of character on the paper with this exciting eBook.

In the Secrets to Drawing Realistic Children eBook You’ll Learn:

  • How to draw child-like facial features including eyes, nose, ears, hair, lips and of course a smile
  • Drawing techniques for achieving more realistic child portrait results
  • How to draw clothing & props and work with light and shadows

A Word From the Authors:

"This is our third book on drawing, and probably our most anticipated. Almost everyone wants to learn how to draw children, and not just any child, their child (or grandchild). I started out on this journey of writing and illustrating by photographing children, and immediately came across amazing challenges. Babies wouldn’t open their eyes. Teenagers wanted to wear sunglasses and hide their braces. Two-and three-year-olds had to be lassoed to stay still for longer than five seconds. Parents, however, were delighted to think their child might appear in this book. Thank you, parents!" — Carrie Stuart Parks & Rick Parks

Check Out This Excerpt From Secrets to Drawing Realistic Children:

Reference Photos
I embarked on this drawing book by immediately taking a vast number of photos of every child within range. I learned something from child photos—the little tykes don’t hold still. They race around, turn their heads just as you snap the camera and otherwise do difficult. Yes, step one in drawings is to take a photo. We’ll talk about gesture drawings and life drawings later; for now you’ll want to start with photos.

Going Digital
I mostly use film photography, but digital cameras are progressing at a first rate and are easy to use. Just be sure your photos are clear and have enough detail. Some digitals look great on the computer but terrible when printed. If that’s the case, you can draw while looking at your computer screen. It’s easy to transfer a digital color photo to black and white for drawing purposes.

I prefer a strong light source because I like the play of light and shadows on a face. The problem may be, however, that too much sunlight can make for squinty eyes, black shadows and not enough contrast. One way to solve the problem is to photograph your subjects on an overcast day. You’ll get some light patterns without the blasting sunlight. You can also photograph in the shade on a sunny day. You’ll achieve contrast without the bright sun. Select photos that describe the contours of the face rather than those that look like something spilled on the picture (the effect you might get when drawing a face dappled with sunlight through a tree). I’ve discovered that unless you also draw the tree, you’ll end up with a blotted face. Direct light may place the face in total darkness, making drawing it almost impossible. If that happens, you might try to lighten the face using a photo manipulation computer program.

I realize it seems like the most obvious thing in the world to make your photo as large as possible, but I still have many students bring in snapshots where their darling child’s face is smaller than my fingernail. Size does matter in drawing, because if we can’t see, we can’t draw.

It is important to address the issue of copyright. Photographers work hard to improve and grow in their craft, and their photos are their art. If you get the photographer’s permission to draw from his or her image, go ahead. Don’t assume, however, that because your darling grandson is in the photo that you can draw from it. Play it safe and ask.

Places to Find Photos
I can’t think of a better resource for drawing faces than the wonderful antique photos you have in your old family albums. Start by scanning the photo (if you have the ability to do so; if not you can have it done for you). Enlarge the scanned photo so that it’s easier to see and keep the original nearby. Antique stores, garages, and estate sales and other such locations may also provide a treasure trove of photos to draw. Also, some books and magazines have great photos for practice, but remember these are just for practice, not publication or sale.

These books are presented in PDF format and are viewable on both MACs and PCs with Adobe Acrobat, a free program.

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SKU Z5704
Additional Feature 200 b&w illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Carrie Stuart Parks & Rick Parks
File/Trim Size 63 MB
File Type PDF
Format eBook
ISBN 13 9781600618765
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