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Reading List: Portrait Painting Books and DVDs

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American Painting Video Magazine and Other Video Demonstrations

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Color Theory: Related Posts and Recommended Books

On March 10, 2010 I wrote a post on Polymer Clay Color Inspirations—Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio. (Watson-Guptill, 2009) A reader, Cheryl, wrote in and asked if I could recommend a book on color theory using watercolor as the basic medium. I believe Haunani and Maggio […]

Watercolor Painting Books by Charles Reid

I love Charles Reid's watercolor paintings. I love the looseness of his approach, which still reads representationally. I love his use of vibrant color. I enjoy how he works out his compositions with thoughtful spontaneity.

Recently I purchased Charles Reid's latest watercolor "instruction" book: Watercolor Solutions: Learn to Solve the Most Common Painting Problems. I thought that I would write a review of the book. I know people are always on the look out for a good book on watercolor techniques. I have to admit that I bought this book unseen because I love his work. This is another reason I've decided that I'm going to rank the books I have of his and tell you why I like them and let you decide if any of this matters and if you need the newest book. If you don't already have any of his books I don't think this is the one you need to get—what follows are reasons why.


Working on Facial Expressions

Left: Using a Niji Waterbrush (round, large) filled with Hydrus watercolors and some left over Holbein gouache (background) I sketched this distorted face using a photo reference file. Read more about this below. Click to see an enlargement of the image.

The last few weeks something always comes up on life drawing night: a deadline, a family emergency, whatever. I need a fall back.

I picked up a book called Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists by Mark Simon. It's pretty fun. It is pages and pages of men and women of all ages and several ethnicities in rows of head shots with a range of exaggerated expressions. Interspersed with these pages there are examples of artwork made by artists using these references. (Some of the artwork is by cartoonists rendering the people as expressive animals!) (Simon also has a book of facial expressions focusing on babies to teens.)

I've been opening the book to random pages and sketching the faces when I have a few moments, especially on those nights when I can't get to life drawing!

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