Painting Classic Portraits: Great Faces Step by Step

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Easy techniques for true-to-life portraits!

If you think all portrait-painting books are the same, think again. This book will inspire you to approach your canvas with renewed (or newly discovered) enthusiasm and confidence. Using modern-day techniques, Luana Luconi Winner shows you how to capture not only a physical likeness, but also the personality and unique, natural expression of your subject. Her direct, relaxed teaching style takes the intimidation out of painting portraits, empowering artists of any skill level and medium to turn ordinary people into exceptional works of art.Time-tested, easy-to-follow techniques for achieving accurate facial shapes and proportions.10 quick-reference color charts make it easy to mix skin tones and hair colors for a full range of complexions and ethnicities.Mini-demonstrations show how to use a variety of mediums–graphite, charcoal, pastels, watercolor and oils–to create sketches and preliminary studies.Tips on using a digital camera to generate reference material and troubleshoot your compositions.Three start-to-finish painting demonstrations in oils and pastels illustrate the particulars of painting males and females, adults and children. Destined to become a classic in its own right, Painting Classic Portraits covers every step in the process–from selecting clothes, backgrounds and props that tell a story, to using design elements to stir emotion in your viewers. It's everything you need to know to create timeless portraits and great paintings.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (February 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440321108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440321108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

A Book for everyone interested in portrait painting

20 people found this helpful.
 on January 26, 2013
I am a practicing landscape artist, and I found Luana Winner’s book an excellent introduction to the various demands of painting portraits. There is a lot of information in this book for both beginners and for more advanced painters. Some techniques in making art are the same no matter what the subject, but others are somewhat specialized in portraiture. She covers everything from composition to finish, but, for example, her sections on the construction of elements that make up a face, e.g., the nose, the eyes, etc. are of real value to the artist attempting portraiture The section on hair and skin tones is especially informative. Ms. Winner’s short section on digital techniques is one of the best explanations of how to use photography in support of the painting process that I have read. In summary, I think that Ms. Winner has provided a very useful book to anyone interested in rendering that most interesting of subjects, the human face.

I found the book very informative .

11 people found this helpful.
 on August 15, 2013
Covered many techniques for thinking about the “How” of these various challenges. I have quite a library and haven’t seen any of these topics covered this way. I liked it very much and I am sure as an experienced still life and landscape painter I will significantly improve in my attempts to render a higher level of portrait with a lower dissatisfaction level.

Excellent Portrait Workbook

15 people found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2013
By Kim Werfel
So why bother getting yet another book on portraiture?

Great Reference Book!

 on March 11, 2017
By T'sThoughts
Very comprehensive and an excellent reference book! Good for beginning students of portraiture as well as those who are already painting portraits. Written well and with understandable color examples of what the text talks about.

Portrait Painting

10 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2013
By Martoni48
Well written book but if you on looking for a way to paint in a photo realistic style, this is not the book for you.

Luana’s book a winner

8 people found this helpful.
 on March 25, 2013
By atremhof
Painting Classic Portraits by luana Luconi Winner is a greatbook. As a teaching workbook it is really informative. I,myself, teach portraiture and I found the part on the structures of the nose eye and mouth particularly helpful as well as Luana’s section on doing drawings both sketch and finished to figure out composition as well as helping the client decide what pose. It is so much better to do this with drawings rather than photography.

Book Review: Painting Classic Portraits, Great Faces Step by Step

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 8, 2014
By Shaun Patterson
This review will feature one of a series of art books that are often the unsung heroes of an artists collection… The quick reference book.

A Book Every Aspiring Art Student Must Have!!

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2013
By Patricia Donahue
I am thrilled to have purchased this book. The detailed explanation and instructions are easy to follow. The samples of this artist’s work are amazingly like the masters I have seen in Italy and elsewhere. She is a very accomplished artist and I am buying two more books to gift to two young artists I know that will greatly benefit from her work.

great book for the wanna be portrait artist (me)

One person found this helpful.
 on August 19, 2014
By Tibbie
great book helps with many of the small technical details I fumbled and stumbled with when “trying” to paint anything resembling anyone. I appreciated the very well explained tips and techniques and learned a great deal in a short amount of time, and had a few “oh thats how its done” moments. Good book!

Excellent Book!

 on September 21, 2014
By Suzi Beavers
This book is excellent! It explains so many details that are important for painting portraits. I keep referring back to it every time that I paint, and I always learn something new. It has helped my portrait painting, and has made something that seems difficult very easy. She explains the structure of the features so well making sense of how to make them look real. I could never paint noses until I read Luana’s book. She is a wonderful teacher, and I would recommend this book to beginners and also to advance painters because it has information that I have not seen anywhere else.

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