Secrets to Painting Realistic Faces in Watercolor

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Paint Lively, Expressive Watercolor Portraits

Ready to unlock the secrets of watercolor? With the masterful instruction of Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks, success is within your reach. In this beginner-friendly guide, Carrie and Rick shares their 30-plus years of experience as artists and instructors to give you the tools and techniques for painting lively, realistic watercolor portraits you can be proud of.

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Overview

Paint Lively, Expressive Watercolor Portraits

Ready to unlock the secrets of watercolor? With the masterful instruction of Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks, success is within your reach. In this beginner-friendly guide, Carrie and Rick shares their 30-plus years of experience as artists and instructors to give you the tools and techniques for painting lively, realistic watercolor portraits you can be proud of.

Detailed step-by-step demonstrations and lots of tips and sidebars help you avoid mistakes, stay loose and have fun. In addition to complete information on supplies and materials, each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of watercolor portrait painting, visually teaching you how to:

  • Handle watercolors with confidence using washes, masking, underpainting and a "less-is-more" approach
  • Map out great compositions by using grids, transferring the drawing, choosing colors and applying masking in the right places
  • Convey light and dark values with precision and impact for striking, lifelike portraits
  • Paint beautiful hair in all styles, colors and textures by building tones gradually
  • Avoid common watercolor missteps (and learn to fix the ones you couldn't help) by following a whole chapter of advice just for those "oops" moments
  • Gain the confidence to "step out of your comfort zone" and work to establish your own distinct and expressive painting style
Leave your frustration and fear of watercolor in the past. With Carrie Stuart Parks and Rick Parks you have all the guidance you need to paint the faces you love with skill and style. Get started today!

"I want you to have every secret, every tool, every technique, every shortcut, and every success in your painting. I want you to feel that you've found your true artistic style and expression with this medium."
—bestselling author and artist, Carrie Stuart Parks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440309045
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/23/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 516,745
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Stuart Parks has been a professional artist since 1976 and a forensic artist since 1981. In 1986, she attended an FBI class and became a composite artist, later developing a portrait-drawing course for all ages. She teaches watercolor classes across the country and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society.

Rick Parks spent thirteen years in forensic art for the FBI in Washington DC. He and Carrie formed Stuart Parks Forensic Associates in 1988. They work on criminal and civil cases, and teach law enforcement professionals across the nation. Visit Rick and Carrie online at StuartParks.com.

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