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45 people found this helpful
on 22 October 2012
I am a practising portrait artist and, after devouring this book from beginning to end, I find my technique has improved and softened and changed beyond measure. Anthony Connolly writes superbly. He's neither over simplistic nor patronising nor overly lofty. He writes like a great art teacher sharing his own techniques with a knowledgeable pupil. This book would be a wonderful guide for the novice or the consummate artist alike. The guidance is extremely well explained and I particularly loved the step by step pictures showing his paintings slowly emerging from the canvas and his humble approach to difficulties and setbacks. Wonderful information about glazing techniques. Absolutely lovely, and very incisive, glimpse into his personal exploration of some contemporary portrait artists.
No one can write a comprehensive guide to portraiture, but this is as close as you can get. A delightful and technique-changing book.