Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits

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William F. Powell

Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits features master mixes for an array of skin colors in oil, acrylic, and watercolor—plus recipes for hair, eye, and lip colors. The concealed wire-o bound book also includes a plastic color-mixing grid for measuring out paints, as well as a handy conversion chart for finding acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa. With recipes for more than 500 color combinations, this comprehensive guide is your ultimate source for painting realistic skin, mouths, ears, noses, eyes, and hair.

This convenient guide details three simple steps to mix virtually any skin tone:

  1. Match a palette of skin tones from this book to your portrait subject.
  2. Create the Master Skin Tone Recipe for this palette using the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color.
  3. Follow the recipes to create all the skin tones you'll need to complete your portrait—from light values to shadows.

Also featured:

  • Color theory
  • Tinting, toning, and shading
  • Graying skin tones naturally
  • Identifying facial planes
  • Mouth, nose, and ear color tones
  • Eye and hair color tones
  • Watercolor skin tone recipes

With recipes for more than 500 color combinationsColor Mixing Recipes for Portraits is your ultimate source for painting realistic skin, mouths, ears, noses, eyes, and hair.

PRICE: $9.95 / Can$11.95 / £6.99

MEDIUM: Acrylic, Oil, Painting

SERIES: Color Mixing Recipes

FORMAT: Hardback

ISBN: 9781560109907

SIZE: 6.5 in x 9.75in / 165.1mm x 247.65 mm

PUBLISHED: November 1, 2006

William F. Powell was an internationally recognized artist and one of America’s foremost colorists. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Bill studied at the Art Student’s Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. He was professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and technical illustrations for more than 45 years. His experience as an art instructor included oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel—with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. He also authored a number of art instruction books, including several popular Walter Foster titles. As a renowned master of color, Bill conducted numerous “Color Mixing and Theory” workshops in various cities throughout the U.S. His expertise in color theory also led him to author and illustrate several articles and an educational series of 11 articles entitled “Color in Perspective” for a national art magazine. Additionally, he performed as an art consultant for national space programs and for several artist’s paint manufacturers. Bill’s work also included the creation of background sets for films, model making, animated cartoons, and animated films for computer mockup programs. He produced instructional painting, color mixing, and drawing art videos.

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