Why do My Skin Tones Look Lifeless? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Portrait Painting Peeves: Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Portraits, Mixing Skin Colours, Eyes, Hair and More
A troubleshooting guide for portraiture.
Portraiture is often seen as the last frontier of representational art as every detail has huge consequences upon whether a portrait looks like the person depicted. The beginner need not venture far before encountering a possible minefield of problems. Common issues might be why a portrait painting looks childish, eyes look like marbles, hair looks like a wig or noses appear skewed.
Such frustrations and many others might be encountered by professional and amateur portraitists alike, whether it is to capture the highlights in eyes or to make skin tones appear three-dimensional. It is all part of learning to paint. If the issue persists, however, the problem is likely to become a creative block in portraiture. This is where this book comes in.
Each issue is tackled candidly and in-depth, consisting of a description of the issue concerned, suggested solutions via the art materials required and painting exercises.
Now with large images for tablets, twenty-six common “peeves” associated with portraiture are tackled within this book. A myriad of other matters relating to portraiture are explained, including suggested pigments to use for ethnic subjects, painting from life, portrait photography and more – in total, with over 150 colour images. Sections I and II within the after matter of this book provides two step-by-step demonstrations for first-time explorers of skin tones.
Some of the images within this book can be found in my other Oil Painting Medic Book, Portrait Painting in Oil: Ten Step by Step Guides from Old Masters. Other images have been sourced from my fine art paintings and commissions.
My other book on portraiture: Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides offering demos on painting old master such as Botticelli, Vermeer and Rossetti might also be of interest.
Dimensions of hard copy: 8.5x5.5in and 142 pages with 27,000 words.
The author has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from London as well as a PCET teaching qualification from Warwick.
- Rachel Shirley, September 2012
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