Reflect Your True Vision with Accurate
Form Now you can paint the human form with the depth and detail it
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from American Artist: Portrait and Figure Painting Highlights Fall
2010. Improve the detail of your portraits with 100 pages of
step-by-step demonstrations, material advice, creative inspiration, and
tips to take these techniques further.
Anna (detail, reversed)by Wende Caporale, 2002, pastel, 24 x 18. Collection the Abernethy family.
Painting Figures With Purpose by Arthur EgeliAfter completing a rigorous program of art education, I was adept at capturing a person’s likeness but still struggling to express an idea.
Sweden’s Sargent by Bob BahrWe went in search of Anders Zorn (1860–1920) in his homeland and discovered a personality large enough to encompass numerous contradictions—and a natural ability to paint in both oil and watercolor. The Similarities Between Painting Portraits in Oil and Pastel by M. Stephen dohertyOne of the top artists specializing in children’s portraits offers workshops for both oil and pastel painters. Although some of Wende Caporale’s specific instructions relate to one medium or the other, her general discussions about the importance of drawing, value and temperature judgments, and dark-to-light progressions are relevant to both.Portrait Sketches That Guide Artists and Their Clients by M. Stephen DohertyBrian Neher paints two small oil sketches of his portraits subjects to help set a direction for the finished portrait that satisfies him and his clients. Drybrush, Drawing, and Watercolor by Lynne BahrAlthough best known for his pastels, Mario Robinson is exploring watercolor, combining washes with drybrushed lines to expand his artistic repertoire and paint important people from his life. Alla Prima Figure Painting by M. Stephen DohertyJustin Wiest developed an approach to oil painting by synthesizing what he learned from some of the most outstanding realist artists today. Capturing Emotion by Concentrating on the Movement of Lightby Allison MalafronteRon Hicks is known for his moody figurative and interior work that evokes emotion and conveys atmosphere. He achieves his style by breaking the subject down into shapes and capturing the gradations of light in each. Seeing Forms, Not Formulas by M. Stephen DohertyDuring a workshop in New York, Max Ginsburg showed students how to respond to the specific lighting effects they observed rather than use premixed colors and repetitive procedures. Averaging Values & Colors From the Start by M. Stephen DohertyDuring a workshop in Arizona, Utah artist Michael Malm simplified the painting process so that students would be better able to judge relative values, color temperatures, and edges. The participants marveled at how the resulting posterlike image could become the basis of an accurate, characteristic portrait of the model.