|Key to Painting Faces & Figures
by Rachel Rubin Wolf (Editor) Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books (Aug 1, 1999)
Learn the secrets of Al Stine, Michael P. Rocco, Kevin Macpherson, Paul Leveille, Bet Borgeson, Lee Hammond and other great artists! Add life to your portraits and authenticity to your figures! In these pages, top artists share proven techniques for painting portraits, distant figures, bustling crowds and more. It's some of the best step-by-step instruction ever published by North Light Booksfrom how to use light, composition and color effectively to full-length painting demonstrations. No matter what your medium or painting experience, these keys will help you unlock new levels of expression in your faces and figures.
How to Paint Living Portraits
by Roberta Carter Clark – North Light Books; 2nd edition (Apr 26, 2011) 160 pages
Award-winning artist Roberta Carter Clark has created a loyal following among painters with her timeless instruction. Her popular workshops have brought the joys of creating vivid portraits in oil and watercolor to countless artists. This is a classic compendium of her in-depth approach to portraiture.
Clark takes artists through a series of 24 step-by-step exercises in drawing the face. She demonstrates how her detailed drawing exercisesaccurately indicating features, highlights and shadowsoffer the most practical approach to creating a lively, successful portrait. Dozens of additional techniques and exercises show how to work in different mediums, avoid common errors and capture a subject's unique likeness.
Basic Portrait Techniques
by Rachel Wolf (Editor) 1st Edition, Paperback: 121 pages: North Light Books, 1994
The book is smoothly edited into sections on materials and color, basic facial structure, age groupings of models, and methods of painting from both live models and photographs. Highly recommended for all art instruction collections." (Library Journal, March 1, 1994)
Capturing the Magic of Children in Your Paintings
by Jessica Zemsky Hardcover: 128 pages; North Light Books, 1996The publisher:
The book includes 9 step-by-step demonstrations, emphasizes portraying children being themselvesat play, with siblings, with petsrather than in formal poses, and covers everything from finding natural poses to rendering the varied textures of children's skin and hair.
Step-by-Step Art School: Portraits
by Jack Buchan, Jonathan Baker Paperback: 160 pages; Hamlyn; New edition (Dec 31, 2001)
Approaches to portraiture range from super-realism (think of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa) to the abstract (Andy Warhol's multiple silk-screened images of Marilyn Monroe), but all portraits have one thing in common--they depict people. The human face has always been an easily accessible subject for artists. In this comprehensive overview, a brief history of portrait painting and a gallery of famous works are followed by basic information on working with models, lighting, proportions of the face, getting a likeness, body shapes and clothes, skin tints, and more. As you work on your own portrait projects--including a self-portrait--you will see how different materials, such as watercolor, acrylics, and oils, can create different effects and moods.
Figures and Portraits
by Jose Maria Parramon Paperback: 24 pages; Lema Publications (Apr 1, 2001)
These guides offer each of those fundamentals through step-by-step exercises, drawings of specific cases that tend to cause the most difficulties, and models to paint that include steps from professional artists.
by Stephen Knapp Paperback (Nov 1997)
Part of a new fine art series, Portrait Inspirations includes a vast collection of portraits created by today's artists.
Figure & Portrait (Paint! Series)
by Betsy Hosegood, Henrietta Hosegood Paperback: 196 pages; Rotovision (Feb 15, 2000)
Covering the full range of painting mediums, this appealing instructional examines work by leading contemporary artists to show students a variety of approaches to the fascinating art of figure and portrait painting. From traditional to more abstract styles, in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and mixed media, the book's depictions of beautiful human forms and expressive faces are accompanied by detailed text featuring the artists' own explanations of how they work, from inspiration and composition to choice of materials, colors, and technique.
Endorsed by Windsor & Newton, one of the world's most respected suppliers of art materials, the book is recommended for novice painters as well as those with experience in one medium who are interested in diversifying to others, and for landscape artists who want to expand to figures and portraiture.
How to Paint Skin Tones
by James Horton, Hazel Harrison Hardcover: 143 pages; North Light Books, 1995
Painting skin color in any realistic way is one of the most subtle and difficult tasks for any beginning artist. The traditional study of the early masters of portraiture limits the student, for the most part, to European Caucasians. Horton explores the full range of color differences among races and within races, from the smoothest young skin to the wrinkled marks of age. This book uses comprehensive charts and photographs to ground the student in mixing color in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pastels.