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Discover dynamic techniques for creating lifelike heads and faces in watercolor

Portraits Discover dynamic techniques for creating lifelike heads and faces in watercolor

Peggi Habets

Format: Paperback, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9781600582776
Illustrations: 120
Size: 6.5 x 9.5
Published: May. 1, 2012
Price: $9.95
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The light and airy qualities of watercolor lend it to creating luminous portraits that are full of life. In Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits, award-winning artist Peggi Habets invites artists to learn the secrets of rendering beautiful, lifelike portraits using this sometimes tricky medium. Techniques specific to painting lifelike portraits and detailed information on tools and materials are included. A variety of diverse and contemporary subjects appeal to a wide variety of tastes and artistic styles in this educational and approachable book.

Timothy Chambers (Purcellville, VA) trained as a young with his father, artist William T. Chambers, and spent more than ten years in apprenticeships with other great artists. Ken Goldman (San Diego, CA) is an instructor at the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla, California, where he teaches portraiture, artistic anatomy, and landscape painting classes. Peggi Habets is an award-winning watercolor artist located in Pittburgh, PA. She was nominated as Pittgsburgh Center for the Arts "Emerging Artist of the Year 2008," and her work has been featured in a number of magazines. Lance Richlin (Los Angeles, CA) has taught every aspect of classical art. He has shown his work in many galleries across California, and he has exhibited work at museums in California, Texas, and Washington.
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Tools & Materials
Watercolor Techniques
Capturing Photographic References
Design & Composition
Beyond the Basics
Drawing Your Portrait
Color Formulas
Portrait of a Young Woman
Sunny Day
Working with Bold Patterns
An Elegant Woman
Last Visit
Expressive Lighting
Keeping It Simple
Creating a Story
Final Thoughts

When I tell people that I paint portraits in watercolor, the most common reply is, “I wouldn’t try that; watercolor is too difficult.” My answer to them is, “Watercolor is as hard or as easy as you make it.” Every medium has its strengths and drawbacks. Watercolor, for example, is fluid and spontaneous. If your goal is to make a watercolor that looks like other traditional portrait media (oils or pastels, for example), your attempts will lead to frustration. However, if you allow the active and sometimes unpredictable nature of watercolor to work its magic, it can lead to some surprising and interesting effects. Along with showing you how to use these effects to your advantage, this book will arm you with the tools you need to create a well designed, expressive watercolor portrait. I hope this book will give you the confidence to try something new and encourage you to continue practicing long after you have finished these nine projects.