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Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations
for skin, eyes, lips & hair (Color Mixing recipes)
by William F. Powell Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher:
Walter Foster (November 1, 2006)
From Caucasian to Latino and East Indian hues, this convenient
book features master mixes for an arry of skin colors, plus
recipes for hair, eye, and lip colors. The concealed wire-o
bound book also includes a plastic color-mixing grid for measuring
out paints, as well as a handy conversion chart for finding
acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa.
of Genius: The Best of Drawing (Hardcover) by Rachel
Rubin Wolf (Editor) Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher:
North Light Books (July 5, 2007)
An incomparable source of inspiration and delight for artists
and art lovers, Strokes of Genius contains hundreds of combined
years of expertise, artistic breakthroughs and, above all,
remarkable drawings that leave a lasting impression.
Bouguereau by Fronia E. Wissman 1st Edition,
Paperback, 128 pages, Pomegranate, 1996
Midwest Book Review: Fronia Wissman's Bouguereau
offers astute and illuminating insights into his art, career,
and family life of the French artist Adolphe-William Bouguereau
(1825-1905) whose evocative visions of a better, purer time
and place earned him a passionate following during his lifetime
down through the present. 60 full color reproductions and
15 black & white illustrations perfectly exemplify Bouguereau's
prodigious talent in creating works of sensual, emotional,
and intellectual appeal.
Breaking the Rules of Watercolor by Burt Silverman
Reprint Edition, Paperback, Published by Watson-Guptill,
Sight & Insight: The Art of Burton Silverman by
Burton Silverman, The Butler Institute of American Art, Robert
L. McGrath, Phillip Saietta Hardcover, 160 pages
1st edition (January, 1999)
Sight & Insight: The Art of Burton Silverman by
Burt Silverman, The Butler Institute of American Art, Robert
L. McGrath, Philip Saietta Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Madison Square Pr (2000)
Art Times, March 1999: "Silverman's work is fiercely
and resolutely representational, holding to a traditional
background and aesthetic that flies in the face of the adherents
and champions of modernism. Intensely personal, always masterful,
Silvermans work is included in such collections as the Brooklyn
Museum, the Philadelphia museum of Art the National Museum
of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery."
Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary
Master Reveals the Secrets of Drawing the Human Form
Anthony Ryder Paperback, 160 pages (November
1999) Watson-Guptill Pubns. See
Anthony Ryder's website and workshops.
The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold,
Speed Paperback, 296 pages, Dover Pubns; 3rd edition
Classic approach to the dynamics of drawing by brilliant teacher
with insights and practical advice on line drawing, mass drawing,
visual memory, materials and much more. 84 plates and diagrams
reinforce Speeds clear presentation.
Painting Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler,
Susan E. Meyer Hardcover, 144 pages, Revised edition
(November 1987) Watson-Guptill Pubns
Portraits from Life in 29 Steps by John
Howard Sanden, Elizabeth Sanden Hardcover,
144 pages (August 1999) North Light Books
Creating a likeness of a person is one of the greatest challenges
an artist can face. In this book, John Howard Sanden makes
the challenge much more achievable by breaking it down into
29 logical steps. Working in the exciting premier coup tradition,
you will learn to execute a finished portrait in a single
sitting, starting with your very first stroke. Perfected by
Sanden over three decades of painting and teaching, this 29-step
method will help you create convincing, lively portraits every
Beaux: A Modern Painter in the Victorian Age by Alice
A. Carter Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Rizzoli (August
Author Alice A. Carter expertly traces Cecilia Beauxs
fascinating and unconventional life, from her privileged Philadelphia
childhood to her successful penetration into the male-dominated
inner circle of the art world of Paris, Philadelphia, and
New York. Carter reveals how Beauxs passion for her
work and her headstrong spirit enabled her to achieve professional
success unrivaled by any other female artist--and the personal
price she paid for it.
Born in Philadelphia in 1855, Cecilia Beaux pursued an artistic
career with the same zeal as her male peers, and by the turn
of the century she had established an international reputation
and exhibited regularly. She worked with eminent artists of
her day, including Claude Monet, Winslow Homer, and John Singer
Sargent, and in 1895 she became the first full-time female
faculty member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
This is the first illustrated biography of Beauxs work,
showcasing more than 150 paintings and drawings, including
her best known high-style portrait commissions of such notable
figures as Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and Georges Clemenceau,
as well as later landscapes and still-life compositions. Much
of this work has rarely been seen.
Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color & Light in
Oil, Pastel and Watercolor by
Chris Saper Hardcover: 127 pages Publisher:
North Light Books (August 2001)
Written by Stroke of Genius artist Chris
Saper. Artists constantly tell us that they need
guidance for rendering skin tones in their portraiture. This
book helps them overcome this elusive challenge by providing
a clear set of easy-to-follow principles for painting a variety
of skin tones in three major mediums--oil, pastel and watercolor.
The first chapter is rooted in the basics, showing artists
how to recognize and use the five major elements of painting:
drawing, value, color, composition and edges. From there,
artists learn how to work with light, shadow and color to
effectively capture the beautiful skin tones of various ethnic
groups, including Caucasian, Asian, African-American and Hispanic.
Next, artists discover how to execute the principles learned,
using detailed instruction for color selection, mixing and
application. Four mini-demos, three long demos and many examples
illustrate the lessons. Artists will benefit from advice on
shooting and choosing photographs to paint, how to edit their
compositions and work past their limitations.
Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz
Paperback: 144 pages, Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1997
Reader review:I stumbled on this book by accident in
an art store library. Upon browsing through it, I realized
that I was looking at something very different than the bulk
of "art instruction" books available. The author is exceptionally
knowledgable about the medium of oils, as well as surfaces
on which to paint, but most importantly, he shows many color
photos of "bad" paintings and how to correct them. He discusses,
composition, lighting, unifying color, shadow color,etc. It
is an education in itself. An outstanding work.
Art of Portrait Drawing by Joy
Thomas Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher:
North Light Books (June 12, 2006)
Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive
art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages,
you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits
in the realist tradition.
In The Art of Portrait Drawing, skilled artist Joy
Thomas passes on to you the lessons she has gathered from
generations of the worlds greatest artists. Learn about
the golden mean, the traditional three-color portrait, the
secrets of proportion and more methods used by the Old Masters
and todays best artists alike!
Inside youll find: · An introduction to every
commonly used drawing medium, including charcoal, Conté
and graphite · An illustrated overview of the history
of portrait drawing · Time-honored methods for drawing
accurately · Insights on how to capture not only the
likeness, but also the mood and essence of your subject ·
Advice on posing a subject, setting up lighting, choosing
the right tools and composing effectively · 9 in-depth,
step-by-step drawing demonstrations to develop your skills
and your confidence Portraying the human face is the ultimate
expression of art. Use The Art of Portrait Drawing
as the road map for your artistic quest.
Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Brandi
Cateura, with David Leffel Paperback, Watson-Guptill
The insights, philosophy, painting hints, and general comments
of David A. Leffel, a popular instructor at the Art Students
League in New York.
Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and
Texture With Every Stroke by Mark Christopher Weber
Hardcover: 143 pages Publisher: North Light Books (May
This unique book deals exclusively with oil brushwork. Painters
learn how to render expressive form and texture using the
myriad shapes and types of brushes available. Mixing and loading
paint, cleaning and shaping brushes for maximum control, and
picking the right paint for specific types of strokes are
all covered. As Weber writes, the book's purpose is to show
"how to use your brushes to make that rascally oil paint
do your bidding." Weber uses his own award-winning, highly
refined paintings to illustrate the book. Recommended for
large collections. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information,
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold
Speed Paperback: 280 pages Dover edition (February
1988) Dover Pubns
Reader review: This book is a treasure. I have checked
it out of the library several times already and now have finally
decided to buy it. I have yet to find a better guide to traditonal
painting techniques. In a world of modern techniques based
on 20th century aesthetics, this is the book for those of
us who follow a different path. If you want to paint like
Velasquez, Titian, or Nerdrum, this is the place to start.
The 5 Essentials in Every Powerful Painting by
Ramon Kelley Hardcover: 128 pages (September 2001)
International Artist Publishing
Over five main chapters, Ramon demonstrates in oil and pastel
the 5 essential concepts that, when used effectively, result
in powerful, unique paintings.
Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step by
Ann Kullberg Hardcover: 128 pages (March
1999) North Light Books (check out Ann's online
colored pencil & portrait newsletter)
From Library Journal: Kullberg is a born artist, self-taught
and highly accomplished. In her first book, she proves to
be a born teacher as well. She thoroughly and engagingly explores
the details of the tools and techniques necessary for every
element of creating portraits. Colored pencil is a medium
that requires little money, no setup, no cleanup, and no health
concerns––just as much hard work and talent as any other medium.
With her fresh enthusiasm, Kullberg makes the work a pleasure.
Collections that have Lee Hammond's similar Drawing Portraits
in Colored Pencil from Photographs (North Light, 1997)
may want to add this as well. In choosing between the two,
Kullberg's personal approach edges out Hammond.
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