Studio practices -- Color strategies and color mixing -- Essential techniques -- Facial anatomy -- The painting process -- Demonstration paintings.
"Portrait Painting Atelier is an essential resource for an art community still recovering from a time when solid instruction in art technique was unavailable in our schools. Of particular value here is a demonstration of the Old Masters' technique of layering paint over a toned-ground surface, a process that builds from the transparent dark areas to the more densely painted lights. This method unifies the entire painting, creating a beautiful glow that illuminates skin tones and softly blends all the color tones. Readers will also find valuable instruction in paint mediums from classic oil-based to alkyd-based, the interactive principles of composition and photograph-based composition, and the anatomy of the human face and the key relationships among its features." "Richly illustrated with the work of preeminent masters such as Millet, Gericault, and van Gogh, as well as some of today's leading portrait artists-and featuring seven detailed step-by-step portrait demonstrations - Portrait Painting Atelier is the first book in many years to so comprehensively cover the concepts and techniques of traditional portraiture."--BOOK JACKET.