Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones

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Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones

Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in the her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You'll get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and ...

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Overview


Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones

Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in the her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You'll get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and combining the two approaches to create realistic likenesses that say something about the way you view an individual's unique beauty and character. Inside you'll find:

  • A series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach
  • Techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references
  • Tips on posing and lighting your subjects using both artificial and natural light sources
  • Expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits
  • Techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details
Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper's techniques are universal. Regardless of your medium or skill level, the lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and your great results more predictable.
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In the twenty years since she opened her portrait business, Chris Saper has completed more than 300 commissions. In her second book, she tackles one of the common palette problems in her craft: how to render lifelike skin tones in the difficult medium of oil. Classic Portrait Painting in Oils benefits from experience as both a professional artist and a painting instructor. A reliable guide for art students and young professionals.

Michelle Marozik

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440310614
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/13/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 361,857
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 0.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Chris Saper is a portrait artist, teacher and author of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color & Light, as well as two ArtistsNetwork.TV workshops, "Painting Oil Portraits in Warm Light with Chris Saper" and "Capturing the Beauty of Monochrome Oil Portraits." As a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America, she has participated in many classes, panels, critiques and countless portfolio reviews, developing a solid insight into the obstacles that keep artists from seeing and painting skin tones well. She has also written and published two books designed to support specific artist workshop courses she’s developed. Visit her website at www.ChrisSaper.com. Saper lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Saper's advice good as gold

    In her book "Classic Portrait Painting in Oils", Chris Saper gives recipe after recipe for creating wonderful portraits, with lovely photos that chronicle her process. From tools to canvas preparation to specific paint mixtures used, this information is complete enough to get a beginner started, and deep enough to guide an experienced painter to the next level. At the end of the day, artistic skill depends on individual practice and personal commitment. But Saper's volume gives so much good, useful, and practical information and step-by-step detail, her book has become a valued, permanent art reference in my library that I'll refer to again and again for inspiration.

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