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Why do My Skin Tones Look Lifeless? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Portrait Painting Peeves: Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Portraits, Mixing Skin Colours, Eyes, Hair and More

Why do My Skin Tones Look Lifeless? Plus 25 Solutions to Other Portrait Painting Peeves: Tips and Techniques on Oil Painting Portraits, Mixing Skin Colours, Eyes, Hair and More [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Shirley
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A troubleshooting guide for portraiture in oils.

Portrait painting is often seen as the last frontier of representational art as every detail has huge consequences upon whether a portrait looks like the person depicted. The beginner need not venture far before encountering a possible minefield of problems. Common issues might be why a portrait painting looks childish, eyes look like marbles, hair looks like a wig or noses appear skewed.

Such frustrations and many others might be encountered by professional and amateur portraitists alike, whether it is to capture the highlights in eyes or to make skin tones appear three-dimensional. It is all part of learning to paint. If the issue persists, however, the problem is likely to become a creative block in portraiture. This is where this book comes in.

Each issue is tackled candidly and in-depth, consisting of a description of the issue concerned, suggested solutions via the art materials required and painting exercises.

In total, twenty-six common “peeves” associated with portraiture are tackled within this book. A myriad of other matters relating to portraiture are explained, including suggested pigments to use for ethnic subjects, painting from life, portrait photography and more – in total, with over 150 colour images. Sections I and II within the after matter of this book provides two step-by-step demonstrations for first-time explorers of skin tones.

Some of the images within this book can be found in my other Oil Painting Medic Book, Portrait Painting in Oil: Ten Step by Step Guides from Old Masters. Other images have been sourced from my fine art paintings and commissions.

Dimensions of hard copy: 8.5x5.5in and 142 pages with 27,000 words.

My other book on portraiture, Portrait Painting in Oil 10 Step by Step Guides offers in-progress demos on painting old master subjects, such as that from Botticelli, Rossetti, Vermeer, Gauguin and more.

The author has a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from London as well as a PCET teaching qualification from Warwick.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6067 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oil Painting Medic (19 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have written numerous articles and books on oil painting and teaching art, as well as children's books. Inspired by my experiences of teaching and my oil painting blog, I have devised Oil Painting Medic books offering solutions for aspiring artists who hit a brick wall. Why do My Clouds look Like Cotton Wool? and Why do my Ellipses look Like Doughnuts? are the first two instalments, offering suggestions for common issues such as colour mixing and perspectives. My three illustrated children's books telling the story of Katie's Magic Teapot and Ben's Little Big Adventure have been illustrated in oils and are suitable for children ages between 3 and 7. All my books are available on Kindle, but as yet, print versions are only available from Amazon's Createspace.

I have also written a teaching guide to oil painting, How do I Inspire my Painting Class?A wealth of information on oil painting can be found on my oil painting blog, Oil Painting Medic, sharing hints and tips that I have learned from my numerous commissions in portraiture, animal art and landscape painting.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 4 May 2013
By morgan
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I baught this primarily to learn how to do skin tones well and was impressed by the text of the book and illustrations in the book as shown, I did not consider that the illustrations would be in black and white on my kindle as I love the speedy delivery system. However as the kindle edition does not fulfil my needsas an art student I have had to purchase the actual text. One for experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 19 Feb. 2013
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I have found this book to be extremely helpful. It is easy to read and easy to navigate. It is very useful to have a painting book divided into sections that concentrate on small aspects at a time and present a clear image of what can be achieved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does not deliver the visual examples needed 22 Jan. 2014
By Rebecca Imschweier - Published on
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In far too many illustrations in the book, the skin tones look lifeless. Just what the reader is trying to avoid. Furthermore the author lists too many colors for basic skin tones with too little instruction in mixing them. The reader needs visuals of intermediary steps. And please get some new visuals other than the author's copies of famous paintings. Dead skin tones!

Some of the written hints on hands, lips, etc., were good, but the illustrated examples looked like what I was trying to avoid. Unless you have never tried a portrait in any medium, avoid this boot.
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