14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good Book for reference,
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I was impressed with this book, although I think that the self portrait is by far the best painting in it, rather than the one featured on the cover. Portrait painting is really not easy, so a book like this can be a real help especially in showing you how to apply glazes and work up the image until a likeness emerges close to the end of the process. This can take a long time: nevertheless, the way to set about it is half the battle and this book shows you this rather well. You might criticise the pictures displayed or compare the likeness of the paintings to the sitter and find fault, but the art of portraiture is to bring expression and life to the subject in paint; again, this book shows how to do this enough to make you feel more confident about trying it yourself and for that it is worth 5 stars.