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MCBA Visual Journal Collective: Ken Avidor and the Petters Trial Sketches—PLUS a Mini Portrait Party!

Ken Avidor shared his courtroom sketching experiences from the Tom Petters trial.

Portraits, Portraits, Portraits

The MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party went off exceedingly well, with 27 people in attendance! I'm going to be posting about it at greater length very soon, with some visuals. I just wanted to let people know that it worked—we made a 32-page book (7 x 8.5 inches) in an edition of 30. We […]

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.

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