Spotlight: Some Bestsellers!
Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step by Ann Kullberg – Hardcover: 128 pages (March 1999) North Light Books (check out Ann's online colored pencil & portrait newsletter) Best Seller

From Library Journal: Kullberg is a born artist, self-taught and highly accomplished. In her first book, she proves to be a born teacher as well. She thoroughly and engagingly explores the details of the tools and techniques necessary for every element of creating portraits. Colored pencil is a medium that requires little money, no setup, no cleanup, and no health concerns...just as much hard work and talent as any other medium. With her fresh enthusiasm, Kullberg makes the work a pleasure. Collections that have Lee Hammond's similar Drawing Portraits in Colored Pencil from Photographs (North Light, 1997) may want to add this as well. In choosing between the two, Kullberg's personal approach edges out Hammond.

The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan - Paperback: 160 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1st edition (January 1, 2004) Best Seller

In this innovative guide, master art instructor William Maughan demonstrates how to create a realistic human likeness by using the classic and highly accurate modeling technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for “light and dark”) developed by Leonardo da Vinci during the High Renaissance.

Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for skin, eyes, lips & hair (Color Mixing recipes) by William F. Powell – Hardcover: 48 pages Publisher: Walter Foster (November 1, 2006) Best Seller

From Caucasian to Latino and East Indian hues, this convenient book features master mixes for an arry of skin colors, plus recipes for hair, eye, and lip colors. The concealed wire-o bound book also includes a plastic color-mixing grid for measuring out paints, as well as a handy conversion chart for finding acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa.

Bouguereau by Fronia E. Wissman – 1st Edition, Paperback, 128 pages, Pomegranate, 1996 Best Seller

Midwest Book Review: Fronia Wissman's Bouguereau offers astute and illuminating insights into his art, career, and family life of the French artist Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905) whose evocative visions of a better, purer time and place earned him a passionate following during his lifetime down through the present. 60 full color reproductions and 15 black & white illustrations perfectly exemplify Bouguereau's prodigious talent in creating works of sensual, emotional, and intellectual appeal.


Oil Painting Secrets from a Master by Linda Brandi Cateura, with David Leffel – Paperback, Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1995 Best Seller

The insights, philosophy, painting hints, and general comments of David A. Leffel, a popular instructor at the Art Students League in New York.

Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed – Paperback: 280 pages; Dover Pubns (February 1988) Best Seller

Reader review: This book is a treasure. I have checked it out of the library several times already and now have finally decided to buy it. I have yet to find a better guide to traditonal painting techniques. In a world of modern techniques based on 20th century aesthetics, this is the book for those of us who follow a different path. If you want to paint like Velasquez, Titian, or Nerdrum, this is the place to start.

The Art of Portrait Drawing by Joy Thomas – Hardcover: 144 pages Publisher: North Light Books (June 12, 2006) Best Seller

Learn how to turn what you see into masterful, expressive art. With the practical instruction and advice in these pages, you can develop the skills necessary to draw fine portraits in the realist tradition.

In The Art of Portrait Drawing, skilled artist Joy Thomas passes on to you the lessons she has gathered from generations of the world’s greatest artists. Learn about the golden mean, the traditional three-color portrait, the secrets of proportion and more methods used by the Old Masters and today’s best artists alike!

Inside you’ll find: · An introduction to every commonly used drawing medium, including charcoal, Conté and graphite · An illustrated overview of the history of portrait drawing · Time-honored methods for drawing accurately · Insights on how to capture not only the likeness, but also the mood and essence of your subject · Advice on posing a subject, setting up lighting, choosing the right tools and composing effectively · 9 in-depth, step-by-step drawing demonstrations to develop your skills and your confidence Portraying the human face is the ultimate expression of art. Use The Art of Portrait Drawing as the road map for your artistic quest.

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications by Suzanne Brooker (Author), Domenic Cretara (Foreword) - Hardcover: 208 pages; Publisher: Watson-Guptill (March 9, 2010) Best Seller

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.

The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold, Speed – Paperback, 296 pages, Dover Pubns; 3rd edition (September 1980) Best Seller

Classic approach to the dynamics of drawing by brilliant teacher with insights and practical advice on line drawing, mass drawing, visual memory, materials and much more. 84 plates and diagrams reinforce Speed’s clear presentation.

Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz – Paperback: 144 pages, Watson-Guptill Pubns, 1997 Best Seller

Reader review:I stumbled on this book by accident in an art store library. Upon browsing through it, I realized that I was looking at something very different than the bulk of "art instruction" books available. The author is exceptionally knowledgable about the medium of oils, as well as surfaces on which to paint, but most importantly, he shows many color photos of "bad" paintings and how to correct them. He discusses, composition, lighting, unifying color, shadow color,etc. It is an education in itself. An outstanding work.

Brushwork Essentials: How to Render Expressive Form and Texture With Every Stroke by Mark Christopher Weber – Hardcover: 143 pages; Publisher: North Light Books (May 2002) Best Seller

This unique book deals exclusively with oil brushwork. Painters learn how to render expressive form and texture using the myriad shapes and types of brushes available. Mixing and loading paint, cleaning and shaping brushes for maximum control, and picking the right paint for specific types of strokes are all covered. As Weber writes, the book's purpose is to show "how to use your brushes to make that rascally oil paint do your bidding." Weber uses his own award-winning, highly refined paintings to illustrate the book. Recommended for large collections. —Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Painting Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler, Susan E. Meyer – Hardcover, 144 pages, Revised edition (November 1987) Watson-Guptill Pubns Best Seller



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