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Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters

Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Shirley
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Portraiture would seem an art form reserved for the most intrepid and experienced of artists.

But this oil painting step-by-step guidebook for beginners to intermediate aims to break down this seemingly exacting subject matter into manageable pieces.

Within you will find step-by-step instructions on completing 10 portraits from old masters 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 artists 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 wishing to build confidence as well as the developing portraitist.

My other book, 'Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters' similarly explores portraiture but also the figure. Additional oil painting techniques are explained via the source material of artists including Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rubens.

A troubleshooting guide for the portraitist is also available. 'Why do my Skin Tones Look Lifeless Plus 25 Solutions to Other Portrait Painting Peeves' helps with common problems such as mixing skin tones, hair, eyes and shadows plus much more.

Book’s statistics: Approximately 26,500 words and 214 colour images.
Print book’s dimensions: 8.5x5.5in and 155 pages.

The author has a Bachelor’s degree from Kingston University and a PCET teaching qualification from Warwick.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12010 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oil Painting Medic (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094I7SYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,287 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Step by Step Guide for Beginners 17 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The first things that struck me about this book is the care and detail that went into the presentation, packaging and language. The writing is clear and concise, the advice is practical and tailored perfectly to the amateur or those just wanting to have a go at recreating some of the most famous paintings in the world.

I suspect that if you are an experienced graphic artist, that some of this will be old news to you - but for someone just starting out, you really can't do better. Considering the bargain price of this book, you're certainly getting great value and the quality of the work stands out.

Anyone with an interest in giving oil painting a go should definitely check this out - it's the perfect starting point, I couldn't recommend it any higher!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of portrait painting in oil 5 May 2014
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,Haven't finished reading this book, though so far,' interesting reading'-some useful little tips and hints on various painting methods that i could employ.-Delightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Jan 2014
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Good service
Purchased for my daughter in law
She is an artist and likes to try all different genres
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1.0 out of 5 stars A truly dreadful book 16 April 2013
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Despite its subtitle "10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters", there is absolutely nothing of value, either textually or visually, in this book relating to how the Old Masters created their paintings.
The only thing I learned from this book was to check the 'search inside this book' button before buying.
I'm a qualified graphic artist, and I've recently been drawn to oil painting and classic realism. As I'm working on Vermeer's 'Girl with Pearl Earring' and have finished the grisaille stage, I was hoping for technical advice on Vermeer's glazing technique. As the book purports to show this particular painting 'Step by Step', I bought it, along with several other art books on classical realism.
What a waste of money. There is no detailed examination of how this work (or any other work)was created. The 'Step by Step' process is the author's own amateurish attempts to reproduce the works of the old masters. The results are those of a talented secondary school student, or an average first year art student. Some - the Velazquez & the Rossetti, for example - are so cringeworthy that the original artists must be spinning in their graves. I leafed through it in growing disbelief, thinking it must be some kind of joke. But the joke was on me, for parting with my money.
This book is a very amateurish attempt at a complex subject and is of absolutely no use to any artist seriously interested in reproducing and learning from the masterpieces of times past. Avoid it at all costs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Needed More 17 Jan 2013
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The book did not meet my expectations. I am a fairly advanced portrait artist who was looking for more depth in technique and composition. This book hits the basics with portrait examples that are not as photo-realistic as I can achieve. For a beginner, the book might suffice, but it just didn't meet my needs.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for review and practice 8 July 2013
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Interesting approaches to follow. Should practice some of the techniques while reading this book. Otherwise it is a fast read.
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