Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications


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Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications by Suzanne Brooker

The art of portraiture approached its apex during the sixteenth century in Europe with the discovery of oil painting when the old masters developed and refined techniques that remain unsurpassed to this day. The ascendance of nonrepresentational art in the middle of the twentieth century displaced these venerable skills, especially in academic art circles. Fortunately for aspiring artists today who wish to learn the methods that allowed the Old Masters to achieve the luminous color and subtle tonalities so characteristic of their work, this knowledge has been preserved in hundreds of small traditional painting ateliers that persevered in the old ways in this country and throughout the world.

Coming out of this dedicated movement, Portrait Painting Atelier is an essential resource for an art community still recovering from a time when solid instruction in art technique was unavailable in our schools. Of particular value here is a demonstration of the Old Masters’ technique of layering paint over a toned-ground surface, a process that builds from the transparent dark areas to the more densely painted lights. This method unifies the entire painting, creating a beautiful glow that illuminates skin tones and softly blends all the color tones. Readers will also find valuable instruction in paint mediums from classic oil-based to alkyd-based, the interactive principles of composition and photograph-based composition, and the anatomy of the human face and the key relationships among its features.

Richly illustrated with the work of preeminent masters such as Millet, Géricault, and van Gogh, as well as some of today’s leading portrait artists—and featuring seven detailed step-by-step portrait demonstrations—Portrait Painting Atelier is the first book in many years to so comprehensively cover the concepts and techniques of traditional portraiture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823099276
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 397,746
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SUZANNE BROOKER received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 1979, attended by invitation the Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York, and pursued her drawing and painting studies at the School of Visual Arts. Brooker has taught drawing and painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington since1999.

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Portrait Painting Atelier 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
gstapleton More than 1 year ago
Being a self taught artist has its challenges. From learning anatomy, to understanding chiaroscuro. I have invested really good money in oil painting books and feel I can compete and communicate with many of your traditional students. But when it came to this book it really let me know that there are many things I still don't know. I really could have saved a lot of money if I bought this book first. This is an all inclusive book that touches on every aspect of painting. From what I mentioned above to the science of color mixing. This book is highly recommended for the novice, intermediate, professional, and those that teach. Its beautifully made and laid out logically. The exercises are explained thoroughly. This book is darn near perfect.
MonsoonBloom More than 1 year ago
i was very disappointed to find that this book and all the Atelier books are each about 50 pages short in the ebook version. What did they cut out? In the marketing information there is no mention that it is a different book in any way and is actually listed using the same isbn. The ebooks have a different isbn entirely. The ebooks are not the same as the hard cover original publications. This is upsetting to me. Generally, one can not return ebooks, but I feel a bit ripped off. The books themselves are very good, but I would like the entire work. Hmmm....
Rebeca-NY More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent technical book that provides solid instruction in a clear and thoughtful manner. Well written with beautiful color images.
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Very disappointed. The artwork is hideous and the teaching is shallow. Save your money and your time; there are much better books out there.