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Classical Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones [Hardcover]

Chris Saper
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24 Feb 2012

Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones

Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in the her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You'll get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and combining the two approaches to create realistic likenesses that say something about the way you view an individual's unique beauty and character. Inside you'll find:

  • A series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach
  • Techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references
  • Tips on posing and lighting your subjects using both artificial and natural light sources
  • Expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits
  • Techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details
Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper's techniques are universal. Regardless of your medium or skill level, the lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and your great results more predictable.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (24 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310614
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Saper is a portrait artist, teacher and author. As a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America, she has participated in many classes, panels, critiques and countless portfolio reviews, developing a solid insight into the obstacles that keep artists from seeing and painting skin tones well. Visit her website at Saper lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellet book 4 May 2013
By anna
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This book is well written, with beautiful pictures, paintings and layout. I love it. Chris Saper is a natural teacher who shares her secrets to portrait painting in a manner that is easy to read. I have bought serveral other books on this topic but this is the one I keep refering to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 16 July 2013
By M Muir
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I found some of the colour combinations difficult to reproduce but it was beauutigully illustrated......will persevere before saying it doesn't work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT INSTRUCTIONS! 9 Feb 2012
By Bernie
Format:Kindle Edition
Very thoughtful teachings from the author, Ms Saper is an amazing instructor I very much enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to every level Artist who is serious in understanding the art of Oil Painting.

From skin tone colour mixing (Of various races) to studio lighting and examples of outcomes of painting under different lighting conditions to even what light bulbs/lighting rig to get for a better depiction of lighting for example North light setting, this book explains it all very clear and concise!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 May 2012
By Amrit
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I purchased this book in the hope that I would be learning off a great painter. Sadly, and I mean no disrespect to Chris Saper, but the paintings which Chris has painted lack any real sense of fine art. The paintings are almost cartoony, with the usual red cheeks and nose. She has demonstrated a painting from life, and a painting from a photograph, and if you look at the photograph it does not look like the painting. Perhaps I am looking to drastically improve my paintings, I thought, as from the cover that she would be a fine artist, but she's more a general artist, not painting what she sees but is painting what she knows. And this people, will not teach you ever to paint realistically. The skin tones she gives are not realistic in my opinion. I just can't face seeing so many red cheeks and noses, especially that don't exist in the reference photograph.

If you're a complete newby and have never picked up a paint brush, then this will be a good book, but if you're looking to paint with any real quality and sense of realism, then avoid this book as it will only pull you in the wrong direction. I know amateur newby painters who can paint better than the paintings Chris Saper has included in this book.

If it wasn't good for the complete beginner I would have given this 1 star. This is the first painting book I've considered selling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Book 17 Jun 2014
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My Dad who is an artist was VERY chuffed with this book. He is a sculpture but has taught himself to paint using watercolour and oils. He painted a portrait of his Father using tips from this book and he said it was the best book he has ever seen on portraits and it was very helpful. He has been painting for over 70 years and is a teacher of art so experienced to say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase 2 Jun 2014
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I'm a beginner and this book I found extremely helpful, easy to follow, beautiful to look at,I would recommend this book.
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