Art Book on How to Paint Figures
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.
6 Breasts and Red Flowers (1899) by Gauguin. Technique explored: scumbling.
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
|Sample images of Rachel Shirley's book|
The paintings were produced via modern art materials and modified techniques, not used in the times of the artists depicted. The aim is not to create a carbon-copy of the painting depicted; background elements have been altered and colors of some garments changed. The aim is make these figure paintings inclusive, promoting art exploration.
This book is available on Kindle and hardback.
Book on Painting Figures
Book’s statistics: 34,000 words and 320 colour images.
Print book’s dimensions: 8.5x5.5in and 192 pages.
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.