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Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More than 500 Color Combinations for Skin, Eyes, Lips & Hair Spiral-bound – November 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Color Mixing Recipes
  • Spiral-bound: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560109904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560109907
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Recognized as one of America's foremost colorists, William F. Powell has taught art classes and workshops for 35 years in various art media. Today he is an extremely popular author, and he attracts more admirers each year with the numerous titles he has produced for Walter Foster Publishing, including Color Mixing Recipes he originally conceptualized, designed, and illustrated himself.

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William F. Powell is 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 has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and technical illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an art instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel—with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. He has also authored a number of art instruction books, including several popular Walter Foster titles. As a renowned master of color, Bill has conducted numerous "Color Mixing and Theory" workshops in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. His expertise in color theory also led him to author and illustrate an educational series of 11 articles entitled, "Color in Perspective" for Painting Magazine. Additionally he has been consulted for his color expertise on telescope and satellite images for national space programs, and he has served as a color and pigment consultant for several artist’s paint manufacturers. Bill's work also includes the creation of background sets for films, model making, animated cartoons, and animated films for computer mockup programs.

Customer Reviews

They are very helpful.
Larry D. Nail
If you need help with skin tone, eye color, hair color, mixing ratios, this is the book for you.
Jennifer B. Sykes
Very clear and easy to follow, great ideas at your finger tips.
Suzanne McGrath

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By abesmith on September 20, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a technical guide on how to mix skin colours for all the different races of people (well most anyway) then this is the book for you. It gives you all the information you need (which paint and how much)to mix just about every shade of flesh, covering both cool and warm versions, it covers the full tonal range for each mix and shadow effects. In summery it is the most comprehensive flesh colour mixing book I have come across yet and I have got most of the more popular books on this subject. At this price it is a bargin
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By The Oil Painter on March 28, 2008
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This book is cool. Flip the hard pages (wipeable), and you have all ethnic colors at your fingertips. Of course you will need to adjust, but it is full of basic eye, nose, lips etc. colors and carts. Im glad I bought it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Phil NZ on May 2, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This is great value for a novice that needs help to mix skin colours. The text is kept to a minimum and the charts clear to understand.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Sykes on December 12, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This book has saved me over and over. I have collected many color books for my painting. The simplicity and accuracy of this book make in "Number One" in my book! If you need help with skin tone, eye color, hair color, mixing ratios, this is the book for you.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Milne on May 12, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Ever had trouble with getting the right colours for that portrait? Than this is the book for you. Explains clearly the basis of each recipe, and how to alter it to provide highlights and shadows. Also contains a section on eye-colour and hair colouring.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Williams on November 2, 2008
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This is a neat little book which will help any portrait painter. I found the recipes particularly easy to follow and I think the book is good value for money. [...]
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Clair D. Strutt on October 5, 2008
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I love this book. It has become my figure painting bible. It gives you the recipes (like a cook book) of the proper amounts of each color to achieve all different skin tones and hair! It's great!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Denise Tracey on November 23, 2009
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RECIPES FOR SKIN TONES - Comprehensive guide to skin tones,
A book that needs to be studied, so time needs to be taken in using the suggestions offered.
It offers possibilities for experiments,with skin tones.
It can be confusing in applying the colours because of all the choices.
Time needs to be taken in sitting down
and applying the techniques of skin tone.
It is not a beginners book for quick results.
The possibilities are so numerous that it can be confusing in the long run
therefore one has to have some experience before hand in doing portraits.
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