Portrait Painting in Oil by Rachel Shirley
10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters

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Portraiture would seem an artform reserved for the most intrepid and experienced of artists. But this pocket sized oil painting guidebook (now also available in large edition) aims to break down this seemingly exacting subject matter into manageable pieces. Within you will find step-by-step instructions on completing 10 old master portraits in oil. Leaving no stone unturned, portrait painting would seem more possible. Each demonstration comprises an overview of a particular oil painting technique to be explored, in-depth step-by-step instructions and (on average) 16 images in progress. The old masters featured include Botticelli, Delacroix, Gauguin, Velazquez, Wright of Derby, Jacques-Louis David, Rossetti and Vermeer. An additional demonstration features a modern-day portrait. Subjects of various ages, sexes and ethnicity help the developing portraitist get to grips with portraying most skin types in painting. As well as these demonstrations, preliminary sections offer guidance on the art materials required, preparing for oil painting and a personal view of portrait painting. At the back of this book can be found remedial techniques for portraiture, a troubleshooting guide and a glossary. These features make this book an invaluable guide for the beginner as well as the developing portraitist. My other book, 'Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters similarly' explores portraiture, and also the figure. Additional oil painting techniques are explored via the source material of artists including Caravaggio, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and others. A troubleshooting guide on portraiture can be found in 'Why do My Skin Tones Look Lifeless?' offering tips and solutions for common issues with painting portraits. Book’s statistics: Approximately 26,500 words and 224 colour images. Book’s dimensions: 8.5x5.5in and 155 pages. Large edition and Kindle also available. The author has a Bachelor’s degree from Kingston University and a PCET teaching qualification from Warwick.

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Published August 30, 2012 by Oil Painting Medic. 148 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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