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Learn key techniques to create stunning painted portraits from two expert portrait painters in this beautiful eBook. Watercolor portrait artist, Janet Rogers makes the process of painting a watercolor portrait seem almost effortless in that she captures the likeness and personality of her subjects without laboring over all the details. She incorporates gestured strokes of transparent color, natural blends of warm and cool pigments and just enough detail to capture a person's individual appearance. As a portrait painter, Rogers has developed advanced watercolor portrait painting skills, yet still understands what the rest of us are trying to learn and how much encouragement we need.

Also follow portrait painter, John Howard Sanden, as he breaks the process of oil portrait painting into detailed stages of development. Learn where to begin and how to prepare for achieving a masterpiece. Learn to capture the likeness of a person’s facial structure and features with hard edges that bring attention to the most important areas of the painting. What better way to learn than from following the steps of one of the most experienced portrait artists? Download your copy of these painting portrait techniques today and learn how to create painted portraits that are sure to get attention.

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Portrait Painting Step #1

Portrait artist, Sanden begins by establishing the size and placement of the figure’s head on a stretched canvas, and then he draws the elements of the model’s face

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Portrait Painting Step #2

Once he is confident about his drawing, he masses in the warm shadows in the hair, along the side of the face, and in the neck area, gradually giving life to his oil portrait.

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Portrait Painting Step #3

He then paints the shadows in the lower third of the face.


Portrait Painting Step #4

Sanden lightens the value of the flesh color and paints the middle third of the face; then he uses an even lighter color to block in the forehead.

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Portrait Painting Step #5

Before refining the painting of the face, the portrait painter blocks in the background and blouse to have references with which to judge the relative value and color temperature of the flesh tones.

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This free portrait painting tutorial walks you through specific steps to make portrait oil painting and watercolor portrait painting easier. In addition to 38 total portrait painting techniques, you’ll also receive visual insight from top portrait artists to guide you through how to paint a portrait. Follow the steps of generations of painters who have launched their careers by reading Sanden's and Rogers' advice. Learn these portrait painting techniques, and expert insight to develop your own painted portraits. Can’t wait to start your lessons on painting oil portraits and watercolor portraits? Get your free eBook now!

Although Rogers' techniques are not so easy to master, her demonstrations make it clear she can teach almost anyone to improve their skills in watercolor portrait painting. She emphasizes the need to practice, to start over when things fail, and to develop strong drawing skills. She connects with students by confessing that she shares the same need to constantly remind herself about the important steps that must be taken when painting portraits.

Sanden’s career as a portrait artist has spanned three decades. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost teachers of professional portrait painting methods, he is the founder of The Portrait Institute, in New York City, and he has toured the nation teaching his ideas and portrait techniques to thousands of artists. He has been commissioned to paint more than 500 public officials, business leaders, and private individuals, and he is represented by several major portrait brokers. In 1994, The American Society of Portrait Artists presented Sanden with their first John Singer Sargent Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

“There is plenty of room for intuition and creativity. Following a definite procedure builds assurance and competence.” Sanden wrote
in Portraits From Life in 29 Steps.

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