How to Paint Living Portraits

How to Paint Living Portraits

by Roberta Carter Clark
     
 

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Master artist Roberta Carter Clark shares secrets for infusing portraits with life.

Since its original publication, this best-selling book has earned a loyal following among students of portraiture. Back in print by popular demand, How to Paint Living Portraits has been updated to help today's artists discover the joys of this time-honored

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Master artist Roberta Carter Clark shares secrets for infusing portraits with life.

Since its original publication, this best-selling book has earned a loyal following among students of portraiture. Back in print by popular demand, How to Paint Living Portraits has been updated to help today's artists discover the joys of this time-honored tradition. Hands-on instruction covers a range of ages and ethnicities, offering a practical approach to creating successful, spirited portraits in charcoal, oils and watercolor.

  • Includes 23 exercises for capturing recognizable likenesses, feature by feature
  • Offers instruction on painting the figure, hands and clothing
  • Addresses common stumbling blocks of skin tones and hair colors
  • Illustrates simple and complex lighting set-ups for achieving multiple moods and effects
  • Features 5 step-by-step portrait demonstrations in charcoal, oil and watercolor

Clark brings fifty years of experience to this book, from technical expertise on color and composition to practical considerations of working with a live model. One of the most comprehensive guides ever written on the subject, it's a valuable reference for any skill level.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Both these books approach one of the most difficult of artistic challenges--the accurate depiction of the human form. Bodyworks is a compact manual for seeing and drawing the figure. Its strong point is that it does not treat each muscle or limb in isolation but in clear relationship to the entire figure. Well illustrated but with limited text, the book concentrates on form, omitting the consideration of color. Still, despite its assets, Bodyworks is not an essential purchase, particularly for libraries owning George B. Bridgman's classic series on figure drawing (Dover Publications, 1932-1974). How To Paint Living Portraits is an innovative approach to the subject. The emphasis here is not merely on the realistic portrayal of the figure but on the finer problem of creating portraits that look like their models. Step-by-step demonstrations consider the proportions of the head; such individual features as eyes, nose, mouth, etc.; the body; and the clothing and lighting of the figure. More comprehensive than similar books, this one covers working in charcoal, oil, and watercolors, with an especially good treatment of color. Appropriate for all levels of expertise, How To Paint Living Portraits is highly recommended.-- Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Inc., Amherst, Mass.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440303937
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
721,637
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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