Drawing & Painting Portraits in Watercolour (häftad)
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420 Illustrations, color
277 x 216 x 10 mm
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Drawing & Painting Portraits in Watercolour

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Häftad,  Engelska, 2016-01-05
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Portraits are timeless and enthralling, and a discipline to which many artists aspire. Experienced artist David Thomas demonstrates how to use watercolour, pencil and charcoal to produce rewarding results in your portrait work. This book will show you how to fill your paintings with life and character, and explain clearly how to build your sketches up into more developed drawn artwork, and from there to inspiring watercolour portraits. Learn to use watercolour, pencil and charcoal to produce fresh and approachable portraits invested with life and character.
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This is one of the most comprehensive guides to painting poeple there has been in a very long time. Although a reasonable degree of technical ability is assumed, David does not ignore the basics such as pose proportion and composition. He includes male and female figures,full of half-face poses, young and old sitters and groups as well as single subjects. It is hard to spot anything that has been omitted. As well as the introductory notes, there are plenty of demonstrations andf technical tips that are introduced progressively. Instructions that are longer than is sometimes the case in instructional books, explaining what is happening at every stage. The whole thing is so gentle it's so easy to forget you're learning. David's style is quite loosed, providing an impression rahter than warts and all detail, allowing for a good deal of interpretation while preserving facial structure and likeness. The book is thoroughly recommended. * The Artist * While there is a great tradition of outstanding watercolour painters, David Thomas notes a scarcity of watercolour paintings in portrait exhibitions, despite the mediums inherent ability to capture subtle tonal variations (thus making it ideal for faces). His book seeks to address the dominance of opaque media in portraiture by encouraging the reader to paint portraits in watercolour. David starts with general watercolour advice materials (paint colours, brushes and papers) and techniques (washes, wet in wet, dropping in, lifting out, granulation etc). He also includes drawing materials - graphite pencils and charcoal, plus techniques - I was particularly interested to see a white charcoal pencil employed to give subtle, but very effective, highlights to a sitters beard! Topics such as design, composition, cropping, colour, tone, lighting and backgrounds are all covered, making this an extremely comprehensive book on drawing and painting in general too. I found the section on proportions of the face and body particularly clearly presented. Finally there are articles on eyes, hair and hands. Examples are drawn and painted from life as well as photographs. The step by step demonstrations are very comprehensive (35 54 steps each) and include the names of all the colours used, when and how to mix them and brush size and use. They are also an ideal opportunity to see the watercolour techniques in practice (lifting out, a background wash while the portrait is turned sideways etc). I found the last portrait in the book to be the most accomplished and endearing, Waiting for the Telegram (Katherine). This sublime painting definitely deserves to be on the cover and would be reason enough to take up the Portraits in Watercolour challenge! David succeeds in selling the medium to me as a choice for portraiture. Before seeing this book, I probably wouldnt have considered the combination before. Whether I could be permanently tempted away from oils and acrylics remains to be seen - the only way to know for sure is to give it a go. * Andrea Hook * This is quite the best book on portrait painting, in any medium, that Ive seen for a very long time, perhaps ever. Im drawn to a comparison with Capturing Personality in Pastel by Dennis Frost, which appeared in the late 1970s. The main similarity, it seems to me, is that this is more about getting the character of your subject than of preserving a detailed likeness, which is perhaps the prerogative of oils or acrylics. Watercolour is a more fluid medium and its washes, tints and hues are perhaps best suited to this more relaxed, looser approach. There is certainly great subtlety here. As an instructional book, this is maybe not one for the complete beginner. There are very few simple exercises and David assumes a fair degree of familiarity with your materials and the techniques and properties associated with the medium. Although there are demonstrations, they are there more to

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David Thomas showed drawing ability from an early age, which was one reason for his decision to become an architect. Drawing and painting became lifelong hobbies, and early retirement gave him the opportunity to develop them more seriously. In addition to his artwork, he designs and makes devices as diverse as an artists folding easel and a walking frame. His portraits have generally been commissions, often of children. He runs occasional portrait workshops and gives portrait demonstrations to local art societies.


Introduction 6 Materials 8 Design 14 Composition 16 Proportion 20 Pose 24 Lighting 30 Backgrounds 34 Using line 38 Sketching 40 Drawing from life 42 Drawing from photographs 44 Drawing with pencil 48 Using charcoal 52 Drawing with charcoal 54 Using watercolour 58 Watercolour painting techniques 60 Other useful techniques 66 Colour and tone 68 Painting from life 72 Painting from photographs 74 Perfecting your portraits 82 Hair 84 Eyes and hands 86 Age 88 The portraits 90 Alexander 92 Mother and baby 102 Jilly 114 Afterword 126 Index 128