Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Masters Techniques and Contemporary Applications

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Masters Techniques and Contemporary Applications


By (author) Suzanne Brooker, Foreword by Domenic Cretara

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  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 230mm x 284mm x 20mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 31 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 082309927X
  • ISBN 13: 9780823099276
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout, 195 colour & 25 b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 9,564

Product description

This is a professional book focused on foundational principles of art and illustrated by old and contemporary masters. It gives serious beginners to professional artists an in-depth understanding of the old masters' unparalleled approach to paint application. It includes ten detailed step-by-step portrait demonstrations. "Portrait Painting Atelier" provides serious artists with a course of instruction that demonstrates in step-by-step detail 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. In this method, the tone of the ground serves to unify the overall painting as well as optically influencing the thinly applied layers of pigment, creating the effect of a beautiful glow that illuminates the skin tones and achieves a soft blending of colour tones.

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Author information

Suzanne Brooker has a BFA, attended, by invitation, the Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York City and an MFA. She has taught drawing and painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seatttle, Washington since 1999.