Litercurious Book Review

TitleDrawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces:
Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating People and
Portraits with Personality–Explore Watercolors,
Inks, Markers, and More
AuthorAmarilys Henderson
PublisherQuarry Books (February 18, 2020)
FormatKindle, Paperback


Amarilys Henderson is the author of Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces you can learn more about her here or visit her web page here.


This book is directed towards those novice artists who want to gain a fundamental understanding of how to draw facial structure.


Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces is a concise yet comprehensive introduction to painting and drawing faces.

The guide is resplendent with striking, bright, and colorful portrayals of human face interpretations. The informal and lively images are a mix of color and monochrome. The format is in the traditional style with six subdivided chapters.

1. Essential Supplies

2. Simplifying the Face

3. Building A Face

4. Putting it All Together

5. Pumping up the Personality

6. Not just Doodles

Amarilys Henderson included specific sections on how to draw a range of ages, face types, face shapes and skin colors. It is important to note that the faces are not in the style of fine art but are far more immature poster paint style of illustrations. Happily, this book is not comporting itself as fine art. It is most definitely centered in the use of a stylized facial images, surreal and assessable for the novice artist rather than the advanced practitioner. This doesn’t detract in any way from this useful guide. However, I want to ensure that the reader understands that this is for the novice, student or hobby artist.


Henderson has managed to cram a world of knowledge in a 144 pages. The presentation is truly exciting with original alternative interpretations of the human face.

I particularly was taken with the subsection on how to add personality to a face. I have reviewed a dozen or so art and design publications recently and none of them included this crucial method.

I was immensely happy to see that she included some Urban Sketching however, I wish this section had been more comprehensive.

Rating: 3 out of 5.


I would like to thank Quarry Books, NetGalley, and Amarilys Henderson for affording me the opportunity to review Drawing and Painting Expressive Little Faces .

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