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Classic Portrait Painting in Oils

Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones

By Chris Saper

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Y1754


You'll Love This If:

  • You love painting portraits in oil
  • You want tips on painting portraits from life
  • Life-like skin tones in portraits are tricky for you

Discover a simple approach to capturing a world of beautiful skin tones as Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. Continuing the exploration started in her first book, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light, this sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. You'll get professional advice on using reference photos, and combining approaches to create realistic likenesses from Chris Saper in this oil painting portrait book. Chris has exhibited her work in the US Senate Rotunda and the National Arts Club in New York City. She has also been featured in Stroke of Genius 2: The Best of Light and Shadow

Watch now as Chris Saper opens up the pages of Classic Portrait Painting and gives you some take-home tips along the way!

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Inside Classic Portrait Painting in Oils You'll Learn:

  • A series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach
  • Techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references
  • Tips on posing and lighting your portrait subjects using both artificial and natural light sources
  • Expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits
  • Techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details

Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper's techniques are universal. Regardless of your medium or skill level, the lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and your great results more predictable.

A Word From the Artist

”My hope for you is to enjoy the freshness and immediacy that comes with the challenge of painting from life because there just isn’t any substitute. You’ll find that the more you observe the individuality of your model, the more beautiful she or he becomes. Enjoy the intoxication that comes with the privilege of painting a living human being and the sheer pleasure that accompanies really seeing color.” – Chris Saper

Click here for a sample of the quality painting tips & techniques you can expect in Classic Portrait Painting in Oils!

Additional Information

SKU Y1754
Additional Feature 210 Color Illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Chris Saper
File/Trim Size 8.5''w x 11''h
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781440310614
Number Of Pages 144

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Beautiful, informative book Review by Audrey

I have another of Chris's books as well as her Painting Portaits in Warm Light DVD and refer to them constantly. This book is the cherry on the top! I'm new to portrait painting and am finding the clear instruction very helpful even though I'm currently using acrylics. This book has convinced to try oils. I recommend this to any portrait artist. Thank you Chris sharing your talent with us.

(Posted on 1/25/14)

Classical Portrait Painting. by Chris Saper Review by Maureen

This has been one of the most helpful books on portrait painting I have read, and was just the boost I needed to try more. It is well-written and organized, thorough, and the step-by step demos helpful. It is an excellent book for a beginning portrait artist, and well-worth the investment.
In short, I highly recommend this book by Chris Saper, or any of her books and DVD's, for that matter!

(Posted on 6/11/13)

Classic Portrait Painting in Oils Review by Anna

I highly reccomend this book. It contains all the essentials a student needs to focus on. I love the simple yet personal way it is written, I love the practical and informative steps and the paintings. I bought a similar book the same day which I like (but have not read) - but I love this one. If I could make a small criticism: here in Europe I cannot find many of the colours used and I wish the authour had put more alternative names, just to help get me started. If you only get one portrait book - get this one. Thanks, Chris Saper - Anna

(Posted on 3/15/12)

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