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Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits is a fitting addition to Walter Foster's new dynamic technique- and project-driven series devoted to introducing aspiring artists to the fun and engaging world of acrylic painting. Painting portraits is a fundamental subject for any beginning-to-intermediate artist. With a fresh and simple approach, Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits teaches fine artists everything they need to know about setting up and rendering beautiful, dynamic portraits in acrylic. Beginning with an introduction to a variety of tools and materials, artists will learn how to select the right brushes, palettes, paints, paper, and surfaces for their work. Acrylic Made Easy: Portraits also provides valuable information about color theory and mixing for skin tones, planning a composition, and achieving proper perspective. Additionally, artists will learn a range of basic painting techniques, including glazing, scumbling, and stippling, as well as how to paint from photographs, work from life, create ambient lighting, arrange a composition, work with multiple subjects, and more. Through simple step-by-step projects, artists will discover how to approach a portrait, beginning with a sketch and progressing to a beautiful finished piece of acrylic artwork. With a diverse range of subjects, artists will find guidance, tips, and stunning artwork to inspire on virtually every page.
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Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Tools & Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Acrylic Techniques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Color Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mixing Skin Tones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Planes of the Head. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 General Proportions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Approaching Facial Features. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Painting Wet-into-Wet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Capturing Personality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Developing Rich Skin Tones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Telling a Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Making a Modern Portrait . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Using Opaque Color. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Working with Mixed Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Closing Thoughts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

About the Author

VARVARA HARMON was born and raised in Volzshk, Russia. She began painting in her childhood and was a student at the Volzshk Art School, where she graduated with a Diploma in Art Studies. While in Russia, Varvara participated in many regional art exhibitions and was the first artist ever to put on a solo exhibition at the Museum of V. E. Lenin in the City of Kazan, Russia. Varvara immigrated to the United States in 2001 and moved to Maine. The majority of Varvara's works are done with oil; however, she also works in acrylic, watercolor, and pencil. Although landscapes are her favorite subject, Varvara paints still lifes and portraits.

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