How to Draw Womens’ Eyes: Inspired by Classic Illustrations Volume 1


Release date: October 8, 2021
Author: Mark Bussler
Length: 240 Pages
Black and White with Glossy Color Cover
Softcover ISBN: 978-1592182428 MSRP: $24.95
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1592182503 MSRP: $34.95
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Learn how to draw consistent eyes and improve your drawings of women by taking inspiration from a rare collection of antique engravings from the masters of illustration.

Use the skilled artisans of the 1890s as mentors and draw your best illustrations by working with models from 130 years ago. This unique book series immerses artists of all ages and skill levels into an immense collection of antique newspaper illustrations for an art lesson like no other. How to Draw Womens’ Faces Inspired by Classic Illustrations features:

  • 55 eye-drawing lesson examples based on classic engravings
  • Hundreds of illustrations
  • Full-size 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages
  • Introduction section with tools, pens, and digital drawing recommendations
  • Ultra high-resolution scans from the CGR Restoration Workshop archives
  • Bonus illustrations for inspiration
  • Hardcover and softcover printing options
  • Bold cover design from Robot Kitten Factory artist, Mark Bussler

Before the age of digital drawing and commercial art, these classically trained artists worked long hours with models to create technically superb illustrations with stunning eyes. More than 50 entertaining lesson examples guide beginner and advanced artists through the process of drawing and placing eyes on faces by using similar techniques that the artists did in the late 1890s, but with a modern flair.

Writer, artist, and historian Mark Bussler (Magnum Skywolf, Best of Gustave Doré, 1904 Buffalo World’s Fair: The Pan-American Exposition in Photographs) assembled an amazing collection of contemporary historical drawings that he reverse engineered for modern artists who draw comics, manga, and illustrations for fun or work.

“There is much that aspiring and veteran artists can learn by following lessons and taking inspiration from old-fashioned illustrations, engravings, and drawings from yesteryear. Eyes are the windows to the soul, and poorly drawn, they are the easiest way to screw up an otherwise good illustration. We’ll start our historically-inspired artistic journey by practicing techniques and proper placement on the head to facilitate the consistent drawing of eyes in various poses and situations.

“You’ll work with real-life models through contemporary eyes, taking inspiration from these Victorian-era illustrators and following them as guides through the realm of traditional studio drawing. One can almost imagine opening the windows to let in the light, breeze, and the smell of late-19th-century Paris (which probably smelled pretty awful.)”

About the writer:
Writer, artist, and publisher Mark Bussler has written more than 100 books and designed over 300 covers for CGR Publishing. Bussler is a professional artist and commercial designer who works in digital and physical media. He has created the Robot Kitten Factory series, Magnum Skywolf, Ethel the Cyborg Ninja, Retromegatrex, Omega Ronin, and other graphic novels and web comics. Additionally, he writes history books, art instructional guides, and photographic history collections. Bussler previously produced and directed films such as Westinghouse, Expo: Magic of the White City, and the Classic Game Room series. He is the founder and president of CGR Publishing.

About the Publisher:
The CGR Publishing Restoration Workshop uses a vast array of computers and digital scanners to restore, preserve, and enhance the classic works of writers and artists from the 19th century. Each new release includes display-quality covers, enlarged covers, and retro fonts. Select books include Dante’s Inferno Retro Hell-Bound Edition, Gustave Doré’s London: A Pilgrimage, The Complete Book of Birds, A Life of George Westinghouse, The Clock Book: A Detailed Illustrated Collection of Classic Clocks, The Aeroplane Speaks, and much more.

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