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"Simply Brilliant!" - by Mr. G. M. Buller (Southampton, UK)
If you want to learn how to paint portraits in oil colour then this is the best book to buy!

Simple step by step examples of several portraits show exactly how this artist achieves his prestigious portraits.

His description of how he paints is the best you'll find in book form.

My only regret is that he hasn't covered any other subject matter (at least that I am aware if).

Highly recommended.

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"A beautiful book" - by Mercutio
This stunning volume reaches far above the level of so many 'instructional' guides: inspirational and incisive, it deals with all aspects of portrait painting and , crucially, engages the reader/student with thoughtful observation and reflection alongside practical and meaningful activities and exercises.
The illustrations of the artist's own highly original works are vibrant and evocative, although they may appear too daunting as 'models'for less experienced practioners.
Above all, however, it is the writer's eagerness to share with the reader her passion and commitment to the craft of painting that makes this such avaluable guide.

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"protrait painting" - by C. E. Grafton (Mortehoe, Devon)
This is a superb book for those intermediate painters ready to take the step of portraits in oils. The books guides you through the process with excellent tips on how to create a lifelike portrait, giving particular emphasis on the use of tone. It is one of the best I have ever read on the subject, and would be a great addition to any painter's library.

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"Highly recommended" - by Mr D G Barr
As someone who is a raw beginner to portrait painting I found this book excellent, I would add it has been written not just for beginners but also to those more advanced in this subject.

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"I'd give it 10 stars" - by K. Platt (Sheffield, England)
If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be fantastic. I love all of it. Portrait painting requires great skill and insight. At some point all artists have a dab at portraits, but it is not easy to master portraying character and quirks of a personality. This book shows you how to paint portraits using different mediums - watercolour, pencil and charcoal. It shows clearly how to build your sketches and how to capture character in your artwork. More than that it teaches proportion, backgrounds, pose and much more. There are five step-by-step portrait demonstrations. You'll also find useful information on design, composition and lighting. Special attention is paid to eyes, hands and hair. The front cover says it all really and this book should improve your technique immensely. The book is amply illustrated with David's admirable work. He shows many individual and group portraits. I ... full review

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"Great for acrilic and oil but not watercolour" - by Christian T (maidstone)
Great book for acrilic or oil not good for watercolour. The watercolor section is only 4 pages so gives next to nothing but the rest of the instruction or the other 2 mediums is fantastic i just wouldnt recomend this for watercolourists

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"Good book" - by Ian
Good book from a very good artist.

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"Five Stars" - by naomi pinnington
great book. my daughter is really pleased with it.

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"Five Stars" - by yorkart1
excellent book on how to paint a portrait

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"Brilliant portraits" - by Amazon Customer
Fabulous paintings and a very intelligent description of the ideas employed during the process of painting. Andrew's own paintings are sensitive and truthful, a real delight to study.

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"Roberta Carter Clark's How to Paint Living Portraits" - by Chris P
As I am trying to produce human looking portraits I find this book very clear and a good help along side Alex Powers book Painting People in Watercolour and Charles Reid's Watercolour Solutions. We are getting there at last.