You’ll Love This Watercolor Portrait Book If:
- You love painting in watercolor & want to explore potraiture
- You want to create memorable portraits of your friends & family
- You want to paint more realistic facial features and textures in your watercolor portraits
Each of the 9 step-by-step demonstrations featured in Realistic Watercolor Portraits will help you improve your watercolor portrait painting techniques & help you achieve the realistic portrait results you’ve been searching for. Creating a portrait that is realistic and captures the emotion of the subject can be tricky. Learn how to paint hair, place facial features, mix paints for skin tones and all the details you’ll need to create watercolor portraits of your very own.
Follow along with Suzanna Winton as she paints a variety of ages and ethnicities using watercolor paints. Beginning watercolor painting artists will love these easy-to-understand watercolor painting tips & tricks and more advanced watercolor artists will love the complete portrait painting demonstrations. In addition to painting people you’ll also learn how to paint a background that is perfect for your portrait subject and edit your visual information to create the right impact. Fix and avoid common mistakes, create lifelike portraits & master the medium of watercolor.
In Realistic Watercolor Portraits You’ll Learn:
- How to paint realistic skin tones and create textures in clothing and accessories
- Tips & techniques for capturing human likeness, character and emotion
- Beginner watercolor portrait painting techniques and tricks
What Our Editor’s Are Saying:
" In this book, Suzanna provides some of the most complete step-by-step instruction out there. She takes you along with her in full detail as she creates some of the most beautiful portraits you have ever seen. I had the pleasure of following Suzanna's progress over the long task of creating this book, and I can tell you that she put her whole heart into it." — Mona Michael-Editor North Light Books
What Other Artist’s Are Saying:
"Not only are the step-by- step demos detailed and helpful, the author includes little boxes of her hints on nearly every page. A must-have for any artist!" — Diane
Check Out This Excerpt From Realistic Watercolor Portraits:
Over the years, I have used many different types of supplies for watercolor painting. I have learned that the better my materials are, the better my paintings turn out. Through hard work and learning what supplies worked best for me, I have been able to achieve the results I desired. What follows is an account of the supplies I use and how I use them.
Mainly you’ll need a set of rounds. It’s worth your while to spend a little extra money on a good set of sable rounds. I prefer Kolinksy sables. They have a great full body with a long, fine point. They are also designed to hold a lot of water. I also keep a couple of angle shaders. Ask your art supplier for suggestions of guidance if you need it.
I can’t stress enough the importance of good paper in portrait painting. It is essential and can be the difference between a good painting and a bad painting. I use Aches 300-lb. (640gsm) cold and hot press. The hot press is smooth and is particularly good for painting children because it nicely reflects their smooth complexions. Cold press works well for character portraits. It has more texture and is great for painting a subject that has a lot of lines and textured skin. But this is only a general rule to go by; it is perfectly acceptable to interchange them.
I use mostly Winsor & Newton watercolor paints, but I also like Holbein. I prefer to more transparent colors, and they seem to work better for the layering process. Each one affects the other when applied on top of one another. The tool checklist contains the colors I use on my palette. Some of the colors I use all the time, and some are add ins, which I add to my palette when I need them. If the color is a different brand than Winsor & Newton, I will include the name brand.
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