Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: In Oil, Pastel and Watercolor” as Want to Read:
Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: In Oil, Pastel and Watercolor
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: In Oil, Pastel and Watercolor

by
4.06  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  9 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
...more
Hardcover, 127 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by North Light Books (first published August 26th 2001)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  96 ratings  ·  9 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light: In Oil, Pastel and Watercolor
Alyssa Greatbanks
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
J.M. Cornwell
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good beginning

This is a good basic beginning for portrait artist. The information about color, light, hue, shadow, etc. are helpful and definitely worth the time to learn and absorb the information. The examples are beautiful work. They are also helpful in determining what's necessary to be aware of in creating a portrait and in rendering your subject in the best possible light. This is one I would definitely suggest for for artist just beginning and for intermediate artist who want to be more
...more
Talya
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jess
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
A useful reference for begining painters. The book gives exact "recipes" on how to achieve realistic skin tones.
D.L. Gardner
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great reference book for portrait artists. I highly recommend it.
Nancy Pisciotta
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
excellent….
Brenda
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-books-read
Surprisingly good book.
My favorite artist Dan Gerhartz is mentioned.
Alex
rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2012
Ursula
rated it really liked it
Feb 08, 2011
Simone
rated it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2010
Lora
rated it really liked it
Jan 15, 2018
Lin Boucher
rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2017
Patricia
rated it liked it
Nov 27, 2010
Lori
rated it really liked it
May 23, 2012
Annie
rated it it was ok
Aug 14, 2010
Cheryl
rated it really liked it
Aug 30, 2012
Carrie Turner
rated it really liked it
Aug 30, 2018
sher
rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2017
john wright
rated it really liked it
Oct 18, 2016
Gaile
rated it it was amazing
Aug 29, 2010
Patrise
rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2014
Michelle Tyler
rated it it was amazing
Apr 01, 2018
Craigrhodes
rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2014
Felice
rated it liked it
Mar 20, 2016
Vanessa
rated it really liked it
May 08, 2014
Ola
rated it it was amazing
Feb 18, 2011
Laura Wortham
rated it it was amazing
Feb 19, 2018
Darlene
rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2014
Charlotte Wise
rated it liked it
May 16, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Pastel Pointers: Top 100 Secrets for Beautiful Paintings
  • The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression
  • Traditional Oil Painting: Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present
  • Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil
  • The Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook
  • Capturing Soft Realism in Colored Pencil
  • Making Color Sing: Practical Lessons in Color and Design
  • Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits: More Than 500 Color Cominations for Skin, Eyes, Lips, and Hair : Featuring Oil and Acrylic - Plus a Special Section for Watercolor
  • Colored Pencil Portraits: Step by Step
  • The Art of Portrait Drawing: Learn the Essential Techniques of the Masters
  • Art of Drawing: The Complete Course
  • Soif
See similar books…

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »
2 followers
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
...more