Book Review: Portrait Drawing for kids by Angela Rizza

Draw the people and faces around you―a kid’s guide to portrait drawing

Anyone can take a picture―but drawing a person with recognizable likeness takes practice. Portrait drawing offers a completely unique interpretation of your subject, and Portrait Drawing for Kids gives budding artists the skill set they need to draw pictures of themselves, their family, and friends.

Broken down into simple, step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you every aspect of portraiture, from features of the face, to capturing emotions, to techniques like shading and highlighting. This drawing for kids book will help you take your artistic talents to the next level―beginning with a sharpened pencil.

Portrait Drawing for Kids includes:

  • Selfie know-how―Not only will you learn to create pictures of other people, but you’ll also learn the art of self-portraits.
  • Inspirational activities―Each lesson offers separate drawing for kids exercises to inspire you to establish your abilities on your own.
  • A painter’s toolbox―Get introductions to your full range of art instruments―from sketch pads to colored pencils―as well as terms of the trade like contour, midtones, exposure, and more.

Interested in a drawing for kids book but not sure where to start? Portrait Drawing for Kids is ideal for budding artists!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Although it says that this book is for ages 9-12, I think that any age will learn a lot from this book. All you need is a pencil and an eraser and something to draw on. She gives a list of other tools that would be nice to have on hand, but they’re not necessary, especially to begin with.

Portrait Drawing for kids begins with the basics. First, framing the face, then adding the eyes and eyebrows and finally, the nose and mouth. The last thing under basics are expressions, which are a little more difficult than just drawing an expressionless face.

Once you have the basics of the face down, the book goes into more advanced things such as ears and hair, profiles, shading, etc. Toward the end, she shows a few portraits from history followed by how to draw your own portraits.

There is so much detailed information in Portrait Drawing for kids that one thing needed is patience. It takes a lot of practice to get good at something. There are a lot of pages dedicated to practice and those should be taken advantage of (over and over).

I recommend Portrait Drawing for Kids for anyone of any age who wants to learn more about drawing people.

About the Author

Angela Rizza graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2011 and since, has been creating artwork in Mahopac, NY. Her work is inspired greatly by the wildlife around her home, and her favorite stories she read growing up. When working on children’s books, she creates images that appeal to her inner child, drawings with lots of details, color, and quality that captures the attention of the viewer. The intricate work is hand-drawn in ink and color is applied digitally, and she is greatly influenced by classical storybook illustrators and her favorite plants and animals.