- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill (7 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 082309927X
- ISBN-13: 978-0823099276
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2 x 28.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Portrait Painting Atelier Hardcover – 7 May 2010
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About the Author
Suzanne Brooker has a BFA, attended, by invitation, the Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York City and an MFA. She has taught drawing and painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seatttle, Washington since 1999.
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Top Customer Reviews
I actually bought the book mostly for the author's information on mixing flesh tones. But before buying I had failed to realise that the image on the front cover is not by the author herself. It's hard to trust some of the author's information when you see her paintings. She seems to know exactly what goes in to creating a great painting and can successfully analyse them to give you a great idea of their process. But when it comes down to using this information for her own paintings she fails miserably. Her work, like another reviewer said, looks like the work of a decent amateur, not a 'teaching artist' as she states on her website.
Going off the rather weighty section Brooker devotes to showing the process of her own images alone, I would say that the book is aimed at beginners who, with a few pieces of information, could elevate amateur efforts to produce images that look like Brooker's. But the sheer depth of information elsewhere makes the entire thing read like a book for intermediate to advanced oil painters written by someone who is convinced that her work is as good as some of the masterful examples she uses to illustrate most of her points. Although it is clear she is not convinced enough to use one of her paintings on the front cover; I imagine it would not sell as well if she did.Read more ›
The anatomy chapter uses photographs of casts and drawings to great effect and throughout the book there are examples from many great modern artists.
The last section of the book focus's on step by step demonstrations by the author and all are lifeless and dull, many don't even capture a good likeness which is very surprising considering the books topic. The inclusion of the authors work took the shine off the book for me, if I buy a book about portrait painting I want to know that the person teaching me can actually do what they're trying to teach.
There can be no doubting the authors knowledge of techniques and materials and on that basis the book is useful to beginners and people wanting to learn about oil painting techniques, however if you know how to handle paint and have a book on anatomy you may find that there's little new to you in this book.
Before buying this book I recommend that you use Amazons look inside feature to view page 102 & 103 which provides good information about critical points to a likeness, you can also view the last section of the book and see the authors paintings.
If you want a book focused on just classic painting techniques without the portrait section I recommend Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides, it's cheaper and contains better painting technique information.
It covers alot of ground - everything from initial preparataion (including the choice of canvas), colour mixing, anatomy & through to the actual painting process.
Well set out it really does provide a wealth of information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Depicts some exquisite work which encourages you to put in the effort to practice to try to attain the same standards.Published 8 months ago by Finbaloo
Although not a portrait painter myself, Suzanne's guide to mixing colours and her choice of background colours for her portraits is next to none. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Esther Wintringham
I haven't really used this book but I have read through it and it seems, like most art teaching books, to cram too much in. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Les C
Info is very rare and fragmented. Would propose the "The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head... by William Maughan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by STEFANOS KAKARAS (GREECE)
I love this book. It is full of excellent information and help for the amateur painter. It contains clear diagrams and the accompanying portraits are just inspirational.Published 22 months ago by Margaret Blackie