North Light Books Releases Portrait Artist Chris Saper's Newest Instructional Book, "Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones"

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Long-awaited by professional artists and art students alike, Arizona artist Chris Saper's newest book on portrait painting follows up on her debut publication, "Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light", first released in 2011.

Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse SkinTones

To paint portraits successfully,regular practice from life gives the painter the skills and insight to paint just as freshly from photos. My book is designed to show you how.

Nationally recognized for her expertise in painting different skin tones, commission portrait artist Chris Saper takes the mystery and guesswork out of portrait painting while leaving its joy fully intact. "Classic Portrait Painting in Oils: Keys to Mastering Diverse Skin Tones" continues the exploration started in the her first book, "Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light". This sequel offers step-by-step demonstrations that cover an even wider range of ethnic groups and ages. Artists get professional advice on working from life, using reference photos, and combining the two approaches to create realistic likenesses that say something about the way each painter views an individual's unique beauty and character. Features include:

-a series of 14 step-by-step demonstrations of 7 diverse subjects painted from life and from photos that illustrate the advantages of each approach;

-techniques for seeing and recording accurate colors at live sittings, and retaining that accuracy when working from photographic references;

-tips on posing and lighting your subjects using both artificial and natural light sources;
-expert advice for shooting, selecting and working from reference photographs, including how to compose dynamic multiple-subject portraits;

-techniques for painting eyes, eyeglasses, mouths, wrinkles and other defining details

Though the demonstrations and examples are done in oils, Saper's color principles are universal. The lessons inside will make painting skin colors easier, the process more enjoyable and results more predictable.


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