||Ideal for aspiring artists eager to learn but unable to take advantage of workshops or formal instruction, these practical handbooks offer a structured, hands-on approach to creating realistic and appealing drawings. Emphasizing the importance of observation, the series' fun exercises present various challenges of increasing complexity. The tutorials also feature line work, sketches, and finished images drawn with an array of materials—from chalk, charcoal, graphite, and pastels to standard, colored, and watercolor pencils. Specially designed to build essential skills, this easy-to-follow, step-by-step process will help beginners gain confidence and present more experienced artists with fresh ideas and techniques.    Composition, light, shade, and personality are among the many factors that must be taken into consideration when drawing a portrait. From an exploration of what makes a portrait good to lessons explaining the anatomy of the head from an artist’s perspective and step-by-step instructions for drawing the various components—the mouth, eyes, nose, ears, and hair—this handbook shows how to create a lifelike rendering.