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Giovanni Civardi has built a formidable reputation worldwide for his skills as both an artist and a teacher, and here he provides a unique introduction to the art of drawing the head and face. The focus of the book is very much on Giovanni's exquisite head and shoulder portraits of a broad range of subjects of all ages, in a variety of poses and situations, both formal and informal, exhibiting a range of emotional expressions. The accompanying text provides concise, clearly written explanations of the subject, including materials, equipment and practical considerations, and the author's in-depth knowledge of the subject is apparent throughout. This is therefore an ideal introduction to drawing heads and faces, for the absolute beginner, as well as a source of information and inspiration for artists of all abilities.
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Provides a highly visual, expert guide to drawing heads and faces. Includes numerous examples of the author's own work. Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced artists seeking guidance and inspiration from one of the world's most respected artists and authors.

About the Author

GIOVANNI CIVARDI was born in Milan in 1947. While training to become a sculptor, portrait artist and illustrator at the Free Life-Study School of the Accademia di Brera, he also studied medicine and surgery. For over a decade, he worked as an illustrator, producing commissions for newspapers, magazines and book covers. During frequent trips to France and Denmark, Civardi put on one-man exhibitions of this work and pursued his interest in studying the relationship between medical anatomy and the human form as depicted by the artist. His experience gained from teaching anatomy, life drawing and portraiture in schools and institutions over many years has led to the publication of numerous books in which Civardi's experiences are brought into focus.

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Aug 12 As has become the style with Giovanni Civardi's recent books, there is very little actual teaching here, but rather a process of leading by example. If it's true that the eyes are a window to the soul, then the face is the primary key to capturing the character of your sitter and, with Giovanni's sensitive pencil drawings, you have plenty of inspiring material to work with. I really can't think of anything more to say about this. It's not a drawing manual or a course, just a neatly presented collection of works that really will help you to understand how to portray the human face. * Artbookreview.net * Sept 12 Popular author and teacher Giovanni Civardi's books provide good introductions to each subject with clear illustrations and concise text. Heads & Faces opens with information on getting started, anatomy, materials and techniques, and then moves on to a series of step-by-step exercises showing how to capture heads and faces not only in drawing but also in watercolour and gouache. These books are more sketchbooks than how-to-do-it books, but there's much to be learnt from studying the work of this popular artist. * Leisure Painter, The *

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