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Painting Children's Portraits in Pastel Hardcover – 27 Dec 2001


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: International Artist Publishing,US (27 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929834136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929834136
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 22.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of America's most successful painters of children's portraits tells readers everything they need to know about painting children in pastel to create a lasting memento. The book is divided into three parts. In the first, Caporale shows how to handle painting portraits like a professional by examining lighting, posing, sketching, materials, storing, framing and more. In part two, readers will find eight projects - portraits of children that are packed with astonishing detail and step-by-step instructions. Each demo highlights a different aspect of portrait painting, including viewpoint, complexity, lighting and color scheme. Finally, part three helps artists to get inspired and develop a successful style, perfect for furthering their careers in children's portraiture.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By TB Koestal on 7 Jan. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is incredible. I saw the author demonstrate her tremendous talent in person and saw her book in pre-release at a conference for artists specializing in portraiture and could not wait to get my hands on my own copy. Her love of pastel is a family affair as she is married to one of the foremost artists/pastelists/author in US. To Americans he has a status in art eqivalent to being knighted 3 times. It would be easy to think her status has evolved quickly due to this intrinsic connection, but there are equally as many who would be harsher critics of her work for the very same reason. Her independent mastery is obvious. No doubt this has had a very positive influence to share life and love of a singular medium.Readers can feel they are getting two for the price of one tips! Her command of pastel and clear nothing-held-back style of teaching and demonstrating has honed her into a well-deserved top status. Though her talent range lends itself to an array of subjects, I applaud her (or her publisher's decision? ), to introduce a contemporary book specifically about children's portraiture amid the pastel revival occurring internationally. Magazines and societies are sprouting up everywhere. Also there is more competition in product lines, more colors, and visibility at artist conferences than ever before.Artists who would appreciate an updated insight in painting representationally,the myths about toxicity in pure pigment, the distinction of various kinds and which to use in which phase of the work, even time management for artists, whether rendering children or other subjects would actually find the text and demos in this book encouraging. Artists who draw well usually fall in love with pastel. Beginning,improving or perfecting artists will find this book very throrough.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jools on 7 Nov. 2013
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I was really surprised at the quality of work within this book. Well worth the money. I will be starting to portrait paint, and if I can be as good as the artist in the book would love to do this for a living. Thank you.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
blown away 22 Feb. 2004
By Preston King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book last fall and was blown away by the remarkable works of Ms Capole. In January of 2004 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend her first portrait workshop. There I was able to view several of the origional paintings in person and can say that the color quality of the book's photos are true to life. The instructions are presented in an organized, concise manner along with corrosponding step by step photos. If you cannot attend one of Wende's workshops, this book is your second best option!
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All you need to know-well almost 23 Oct. 2012
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book because a lot of people were saying how good it was. They were not wrong. I have several books on portraiture but this is one of the best I have. It covers a lot of ground without going into to much about materials etc,which if you are buying this book you should have a fair knowlege of already.It covers lighting and posing your models, which a lot of books dont. The demostrations are also useful and well presented. My only gripe is that I would liked to have seen a little more about the application of the pastels and a bit more on blending and working the pastel.I know this is difficult in a book so would welcome a DVD to accompany it.
3 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Author? 7 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Daniel Greene is Ms. Caporale's husband, but he's nowhere credited in the book, as far as I can discover, with being a co-author, though I'm sure he probably lent an editorial eye. Wende can carry the promotion on her own merits.
In any event, both are masters in their own right.
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