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Drawing Faces: Some Book Recommendations

Monday, February 16, 7 to 9 p.m. is the next meeting of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Visual Journal Collective's Portrait Party. (Please see my earlier post here if you would like to attend so you know what to bring. We'd love it if you came and joined in the sketching fun.) We will be sketching portraits in pairs and then making a photocopier book of the event. (I'm working on the pages for the front and back matter right now!)

Practice is always a great thing, and I've been trying to draw people as much as possible the last few days, but I've also been pulling some books off the shelves to bring in and show people (in case they want to make a real study of the process after the party). I found the following books address drawing faces at some point in their pages, if not the whole book. Check them out. (They are in no particular order.)

Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure, by Barbara Bradley
I just picked up this book mail order because it sounded interesting. There is a lot of great information here. The focus is on full figures and how fabric moves on that figure, etc. But it is also about how the whole body moves. There is a chapter on the head and hands in which she writes about the features, their relationship to each other, creating volume and perspective with them. I haven't been able to read much of this book because of time limitation but I know I'll enjoy going through it more thoroughly because of all the useful info.


Portrait Party at MCBA’s Visual Journal Collective in February


Above: My sketch of a model at life-drawing Tuesday night. I used the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on what I think is Fabriano Tizziano paper. (I think, because I don't typically use this paper and the book I'm using was made a long time ago, and gasp, Roz didn't take complete notes! But I'm pretty sure this texture is the Tizziano texture. Note how it breaks up the line in fun ways.) Click for an enlargement.

It's not too early to start practicing for the MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party on Monday, February 16, 2009 from 7 to 9 p.m. Mark your calendar.

Wow, that's a mouthful. It's MCBA, it's the meeting of the Visual Journal Collective, but at February's meeting we are going to hold a portrait party with a nod to Rama Hughes' great site: The Portrait Party. But in addition to sketching portraits we are going to make a limited edition book!


Time for a New Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Right: Journal Sketch, a NEW Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on Nideggen paper. (By "new" I mean I finally wore one out.) Click the image to view an enlargement and read on to see cropped close up of the lines.

I got a new Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and I’m so happy I just have to shout about it. I love my old pen, but that’s just it. It is 3 years, almost 4 years old!! The tip was still pretty wonderful, but I noticed when I would try to write with it (as opposed to sketching with it) that there was some fuzziness at the tip and I didn’t get quite the crisp line I used to achieve when working with it.

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