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Color 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.

Strokes 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 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, 1991

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 by 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 (September 1980)

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 Speed’s 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 time.

Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in the Victorian Age by Alice A. Carter – Hardcover: 208 pages Publisher: Rizzoli (August 16, 2005)

Author Alice A. Carter expertly traces Cecilia Beaux’s 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 Beaux’s 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 Beaux’s 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.

The 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 world’s 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 today’s best artists alike!

Inside you’ll 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 Pubns, 1995

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 2002)

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, Inc.

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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