Draw Faces in 15 Minutes

From eyes and ears to jaw and neck, this guide to drawing faces is a nose ahead of the competition.

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Our Verdict

While not a book for total novices, Spicer keeps things simple with his instructional text and visuals getting straight to the point.

For

  • Clear and concise instruction
  • Suitable for both beginner and advanced artists
  • A great reference book – easy to dip in and out of

Against

  • Title is a bit misleading!

This book’s slightly gimmicky ‘15 Minutes’ tag might put you off, but don’t be fooled: this is not a guide for total novices. Instead, this is the latest in a long-running series from life-drawing expert Jake Spicer. Inside are instruction, advice and tutorials on pencil portraiture aimed at artists of all skill levels. 

What Jake’s books do best is to break down their subjects into comprehensible stages. And so this 130-page guide takes you through everything you need to know, including which materials to use; how to find a model; methods of observation, structure and tone; and how to make effective marks. 

You’ll learn how to construct a basic portrait sketch, then go on to discover how to develop your drawings and make them more lifelike. Each part of the face’s anatomy is addressed in turn, as well as other considerations such as blemishes and freckles, age and racial differences, and individual expressions.

For the beginner, this book is an invaluable masterclass. While for the intermediate to advanced artist it serves as a handy manual, full of tips, tutorials and explanatory examples, to dip in and out of and refer back to, time and time again.

The Verdict

8

out of 10

Draw Faces in 15

While not a book for total novices, Spicer keeps things simple with his instructional text and visuals getting straight to the point.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world's best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he's worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella.