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  • 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)
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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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I bought this book on recommendation from other artists and after reading some great reviews. The book is full of amazing information and covers pretty much every facet of portrait painting in depth from preparing the canvas ground to facial anatomy. 90% of the theoretical and practical information is second to none, and the examples of painting that Suzanne Brooker chooses are fantastic, giving an insight in to what goes in to painting portraits. None of this is the problem.

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.
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Though I am pleased with some of the elements in this book and have picked up some good tips. I just find the authors work lacking. I know this is personal taste but I cannot take a book seriously if the demo paintings just look very average. I am a working artist and I find the finished works just don't have much life and not even well composed. Sorry to be negative as I want to support these kinds of projects.
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the book is very useful for beginners , step by step explanation of the techniques !
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I agree with some of the other reviewers that there is some great information in this book, the anatomy chapter is well presented and provides a few tips that have really improved my portrait drawings but examples of the authors paintings are poor.
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.
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Excellent book, lots of information on colour and general painting that I haven't seen in other books. I wish I had bought this book before.
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By Biff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2010
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A comprehensive guide which even beginners will find useful in places.

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.

Highly recommended.
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You'll have to wade through huge swats of text to get to the many hidden pearls of wisdom, so beginners be warned, your patience will be tested. Don't get me wrong, it's all very usefull information especially the parts on color theory were enlightening, but don't expect to be taken by the hand. There is sense in this, painting a good portrait is not an easy task and showing step by step how to not screw up is just impossible, you'll just have to start and make a lot of mistakes, this is the only way to grow as a painter. Only then this book will start to make sense. Just keep in mind to skip over the instructions, they're confusing and not very good.
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This is a very informative book but probably not for beginners however if you have some experience in portait painting I would definitely recommend it.
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