Guest Junior Review: Portrait Drawing for Kids: A Step-By-Step Guide to Drawing Faces


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Portrait Drawing for kids, a Step-By-Step
Guide to Drawing Faces
is a book designed for children aged 9 to 12 but older
children and even adults can use it too. This is my review after using the

When I first tried the book, I
was happy with the result, my first drawing using the side step-by-step was
very good (according to people around me) so based on my experience it is very
good for kids like me learning how to draw. 

The book shows how to do the faces
with guidance about proportions, shapes, shading, contour, angle and drawing
more than one person. It actually boosted my confidence in drawing, I managed
to complete a few activities and could clearly see how improved my drawings have

The book itself has different
sections, one for teachers and parents. So this is also very good for art
teachers and parents interested in helping their children to develop drawing

There are two major sections in
this book: Part One, The Basics and Part Two, The Details.

Part One has four activities teaching
general techniques about getting the overall shape of the face correctly and
placing each parts in proportion to that overall shape. I like that different
shapes of faces are covered as we don’t all have an oval shaped face.

Part Two has eight activities and
is about adding finishing touches to the drawings but also teaching how to draw
in various positions and how to do group portraits.

The book is about learning drawing
skills such as sketching with a pencil but have many activities a range of tools
such as using acrylics, pastels, watercolour, markers can also be used. There
is actually a section about the tools needed to complete the activities.

I like the section at the
beginning telling the readers how to use this book. It is short but useful to
think about making the activities accessible to everyone and making drawing
fun, which is important for children. Another great activity is the one looking
at how portraits have been done throughout history. That chapter is very
educational and incorporates art and artists from various part of the world.

The step-by-step guidelines in each activity are not very detailed but have illustrations that are helpful in
showing how to do it all. Another positive thing about the activities in this
book is that they also show how to capture emotions.  

To sum up this book will teach
you every aspect of portraiture from how to draw hair, nose, eyes, lips, the
entire face and even posture. Although the step-by-step sections could be broken
down into more steps, this is a good practical book and would make a special gift
to any budding artists.

Portrait Drawing for Kids: A Step-By-Step Guide to Drawing Faces
Author: Angela Rizza
Illustrator: Angela Rizza
Publisher: Rockridge Press, $8.07
Publication Date: 19 May 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781641527255
For ages: 9 – 12
Type: Non-fiction Picture Book


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