Portraits

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Susan Miller Bradbury

Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits is a fitting addition to Walter Foster's new dynamic technique and project-driven series devoted to introducing aspiring artists to the fun and engaging world of acrylic painting. Painting portraits is a fundamental subject for any beginning-to-intermediate artist. With a fresh and simple approach, Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits teaches fine artists everything they need to know about setting up and rendering beautiful, dynamic portraits in acrylic. Beginning with an introduction to a variety of tools and materials, artists will learn how to select the right brushes, palettes, paints, paper, and surfaces for their work. Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits also provides valuable information about color theory and mixing for skin tones, planning a composition, and achieving proper perspective. Additionally, artists will learn a range of basic painting techniques, including glazing, scumbling, and stippling, as well as how to paint from photographs, create ambient lighting, arrange a composition, work with multiple subjects, and more. Through simple step-by-step projects, artists will discover how to approach a portrait, beginning with a sketch and progressing to a beautiful finished piece of acrylic artwork. With a diverse range of subjects, artists will find guidance, tips, and stunning artwork to inspire on virtually every page.

PRICE: $9.95 / Can$11.95 / £6.99

MEDIUM: Acrylic, Drawing & Illustration, Painting

SERIES: Acrylic Made Easy

FORMAT: Paperback

ISBN: 9781600583933

SIZE: 6.5 in x 9.5in / 165.1mm x 241.3 mm

PUBLISHED: June 13, 2014

Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4


Tools & Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5


Acrylic Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


Color Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


Mixing Skin Tones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12


Planes of the Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14


General Proportions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15


Approaching Facial Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


Painting Wet-into-Wet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20


Capturing Personality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


Developing Rich Skin Tones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32


Telling a Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38


Making a Modern Portrait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


Using Opaque Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50


Working with Mixed Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56


Closing Thoughts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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