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Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones Hardcover – February 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310614
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Saper is a portrait artist, teacher and author of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color & Light, as well as two ArtistsNetwork.TV workshops, "Painting Oil Portraits in Warm Light with Chris Saper" and "Capturing the Beauty of Monochrome Oil Portraits." As a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America, she has participated in many classes, panels, critiques and countless portfolio reviews, developing a solid insight into the obstacles that keep artists from seeing and painting skin tones well. She has also written and published two books designed to support specific artist workshop courses she’s developed. Visit her website at www.ChrisSaper.com. Saper lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Its a book that I will be keeping by my easel!
Amy Childree
This book is an excellent introduction, or suitable for experienced artist to use for learning portrait painting in the oil paint medium.
joannes
Many great tips and well written instructions.
Linda L. Lewellen

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Beck on March 20, 2012
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I gave this book the highest rating that I could because it is the best book on the subject I have found. I am an oil-painting enthusiast, and after 10 years or so, I am pursuing human portraiture. This book is a very quick study and reference guide to producting good portraits. It is very well written and, for such an easy read, it is comprehensive. One learns a wide range of skills, from multi-racial portraits to separate - and immensely helpful - chapters on improving photographic skills for the purpose of their incorporation into the portrait painting process; as well as painting details, such as eyeglasses or age-related facial changes (e.g. wrinkles in persons who are elderly). Included in the book are stages of painting in each subject area, showing examples of each stage. The author, Chris Saper is an outstanding artist who is an outstanding teacher as well. I will rely on this book as a reference for all the portraits that I do in the future. Dr. Richard Beck
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amy Childree on May 16, 2012
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Incredibly helpful for new and experienced artist. Well written and shows how to handle several aspects of portraiture. Nothing can replace painting from life, but sometimes an artist has to use photographic references! I love how the book demonstrates paintings from life and photo references, and how to avoid the pitfalls that can come with the latter.

I love seeing the stages of each portrait and how the artist achieves the painterly look, providing tips along the way, even down to the type of brush to use for each effect.

Just grab a canvas, have the book next to you, and paint your own portrait study. Its a book that I will be keeping by my easel!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on June 22, 2013
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I really like this book, however, it has a few minor set backs.

The pallet Chris is using is so extended. I don't want to hear that I have to buy (again) new colors. In the mean time I have 10 different reds etc.

In the second edition, please position the final result right next to the picture. That would be so convenient!

Thanks!
Arthur
(From the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lamb on May 1, 2013
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I was expecting crisp looking finished painting instead of somewhat impressionistic with fuzzy lines not being blended together. Good as a reference for coloring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. C. Morgan on January 3, 2013
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This is the perfect book for me because there is a thumb nail sketch for almost every skin tone. The salient point is to point the way not paint the way. Interestingly many portraits are painted from two approaches, one from the live model and second from a photograph. This is one of many reasons why I loved it.
There is nothing to dislike in the book because Chris Saper says is there NO one and only way to achieve your artistic goals. Certainly a valuabe tool for anyone who wants to improve there painting skills and who has an open mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Louise Donovan on September 20, 2013
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Her handling of skin tones and relaxed subjects made them so very real. I absolutely loved her handling of the eyes!! The multitude of shades of color and highlighting made them warm and inviting, and in some instances, breath taking. I am thrilled that I bought this ebook. I can't wait to get started experimenting with her techniques!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlt on May 25, 2012
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I don't usually write reviews, but wanted to inform others what a really good book this. Chris Saper is a great author and teacher as well as a great artist.
She is able to convey to the reader, such good instructions for the demonstrations (and there are many) through out the book. I have a library full
of instructional book for art, drawing, oil painting, etc., but find this book to be one of the best I've read. If you're unsure about purchasing this
book, don't be. I'm sure you'll find this book to be as informative as I have.

Charlt
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on September 25, 2013
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Chris Saper brings science and orderly method to the art of painting portraits. She teaches why the color is, and when you know why the color is, your art will improve. This book is appropriate and useful for anyone making portraits in any medium, including photography using Lightroom or Photoshop, and digital imaging. Don't guess what color, know what color and how to get it. Also buy her other book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color and Light.
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