Art Book on How to Paint Figures
Now available in large edition, the old master paintings were selected with an art technique in mind. Each chapter is dedicated to one painting. Sections include background information on the painting depicted; explanation of the oil painting technique to be explored, a list of art materials needed and then (on average) 28 images in progress with accompanying instructions.
|Skin Tones in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides|
Artists wishing to try out different techniques may do so without feeling daunted about trying something truly challenging. Each stage of the painting is intricately explained and each session broken down into manageable time-frames. Sample images can be seen opposite and below. Chapters are as follows:
1 The Valpincon Bather (1808) by Ingres. Technique explored: grisaille effects.
2 The Mona Lisa (1503) by Da Vinci. Technique explored: sfumato.
3 The Birth of Venus (1483) by Botticelli. Technique explored: sgrafitto.
4 The Sleepers (1866) by Courbet. Technique explored: dry-brushing.
5 Samson and Delilah (1609) by Rubens. Technique explored: blending systems.
|Sample images of Rachel Shirley's book|
7 The Sistine Chapel Ceiling detail: The Delphic Sibyl (1511) by Michelangelo. Technique explored: cangiante.
8 Sick Bacchus (1593) by Caravaggio. Technique explored: chiaroscuro.
9 Bacchus and Ariadne (1520) by Titian. Technique explored: fine glazes.
10 The Great Bathers (1894) Cezanne. Technique explored: impasto.
Painting Figures in Oil
This book contains extra features, including: an overview on painting flesh tones; a preparatory guide to oil painting, guide to art materials, troubleshooting problems and a glossary.
|Step by Step Guide on Painting Flesh Tones|
Book on Painting Figures
Print book’s dimensions: (large edition) 10x8in and 118 pages bursting with colour images. See screenshot for how the interior looks.
(Pocket sized edition): 8.5x5.5in and 192 pages. Also available on Kindle.
My other book, ‘Portrait Painting in Oil: 10 Step by Step Guides from Old Masters' similarly explores skin tones in portraiture. Artists featured within this book are: Delacroix, Gauguin, Velazquez, Botticelli, Wright of Derby, Jacques-Louis David, Rossetti and Vermeer.