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Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  6 reviews
You can paint realistic skin tones that glow with life!Learning how to capture such quality has never been easier. Inside you'll find guidelines for rendering accurate skin tones in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil and pastel.

You'll begin with a review of the five essential painting elements (drawing, value, color, composition and edges), then learn how light
ebook, 298 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Northlight (first published August 26th 2001)
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Covers the basics of painting differing skin tones in oil, pastels and watercolors. Concise, accurate, easy to understand and filled with Saper's beautiful light filled portraits. Helpful chats and step by step photos. Covers the importance of painting from life and how to take good reference photos. Highly recommended.
Alyssa Greatbanks
Oct 03, 2011 Alyssa Greatbanks rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artists
This was a very goo book to decide on skin tones. It explains everything easily and shows diagrams of the colors they use to help you make choices later on without the book.

It also teaches you in a non-specific medium way. So you can apply the knowledge to whichever medium you use, rather than just being stuck in the one they pick.
Very practical advice inside on a variety of topics (within the context of painting portraits) - edge handling, color (of course), light and color behavior in different situations etc. I thought the color shifts were overemphasized in some of the sample artwork.
Marie-pierre Stien
A useful reference for begining painters. The book gives exact "recipes" on how to achieve realistic skin tones.
Surprisingly good book.
My favorite artist Dan Gerhartz is mentioned.
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Chris Saper is a portrait painter, teacher and author.

Author of North Light Book's, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light and For Love or Money: A Business Handbook for Portrait Painters, Mostly Monochrome.

Saper has also been published in The Best of Portrait Painting, American Artist Magazine, Artist's Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Pastel Artist International and International Art
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