Your Free Portrait Painting eBook–But I Didn’t Get a Chance to Gift Wrap It

Ariadne by Janet Rogers, watercolor painting.
Ariadne by Janet Rogers,
watercolor painting.

Since coming to Artist Daily, my parents are both super supportive of me and our web community. My mom does her best to get everyone she knows to join us at Artist Daily, and my dad buys me art supplies in the hopes that my drawing and painting skills will improve. Ain’t he sweet? Delusional, but sweet.

Another thing my dad would love to do is have a portrait artist make a portrait painting of my brother and I as a gift for my mom. And while I’m not ready to take on any of the portrait artists out there, I know I can start learning the fundamentals with our latest eBook, How to Paint a Portrait: 38 Portrait Painting Techniques from Artist Daily. So maybe someday I’ll be able to do the portrait painting that my father is pining for.

Jimmy Cooper by John Howard Sanden, oil on canvas, 40 x 34.
Jimmy Cooper by John Howard Sanden,
oil on canvas, 40 x 34.

If you are in the same boat–you want to learn how to paint a portrait like a professional but aren’t sure of the medium you’d like to explore–How to Paint a Portrait is a great place to start. In it, Janet Rogers explores how to capture a model’s gesture in a watercolor portrait. I knew I liked her style when I read a few of her tips, one of which was “keep the painting simple and don’t try to say too much.” Rogers also gives a few great painting tips on how to test background colors while in the process of painting.

And for oil painting lessons, none other than famed artist John Howard Sanden’s paintings are used to show how a professional portrait artist works. I was especially interested to learn that Sanden uses three values of neutral mixtures on his palette, made from combinations of Permalba white, ivory black, and yellow ochre. Plus there’s a step-by-step demo that Sanden does that makes the whole portraiture process seem so accessible.

Get all of these tips and techniques to add to your art instruction library by downloading your free copy of How to Paint a Portrait: 38 Portrait Painting Techniques from Artist Daily. Enjoy!

P.S. If you know someone who wants to explore portrait painting as much as you and I, pass along How to Paint a Portrait to them.




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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.