The Art of Portrait Drawing

The Art of Portrait Drawing

Learn the Essential Techniques of the Masters

Joy Thomas


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"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."—Edgar Degas

Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages, you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits in the realist tradition.

In The Art of Portrait Drawing, skilled artist Joy Thomas passes on to you the lessons she has gathered from generations of the world's greatest artists. Learn about the golden mean, the traditional three-color portrait, the secrets of proportion and more methods used by the Old Masters and today's best artists alike!

Inside you'll find:

   • An introduction to every commonly used drawing medium, including charcoal, Conté and graphite
   • An illustrated overview of the history of portrait drawing
   • Time-honored methods for drawing accurately
   • Insights on how to capture not only the likeness, but also the mood and essence of your subject
   • Advice on posing a subject, setting up lighting, choosing the right tools and composing effectively
   • 9 in-depth, step-by-step drawing demonstrations to develop your skills and your confidence

Portraying the human face is the ultimate expression of art. Use The Art of Portrait Drawing as the road map for your artistic quest.


Joy Thomas:
The work of renowned portrait artist Joy Thomas has appeared in many publications, including The Artist's Magazine and The Best of Portrait Painting (1998, North Light Books). In the past two decades, her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over United States.