Author(s): David Thomas
Portraiture is one of the most rewarding painting disciplines. In this book, experienced portrait artist David Thomas shows that it need not be intimidating. Learn to use watercolour, pencil and charcoal to produce fresh and approachable portraits invested with life and character.
David Thomas showed drawing ability from an early age, and was one reason for his decision to become an architect. Drawing and painting became lifelong hobbies, and an early retirement gave him the opportunity to develop them more seriously. In addition to his artwork, he designs and makes devices as diverse as an artist's folding easel and a walking frame. His portraits have generally been commissions, often of children. He runs occasional portrait workshops and gives portrait demonstrations to local art societies.
Introduction 6 Materials 8 Design 14 Composition 16 Proportion 20 Pose 24 Lighting 30 Backgrounds 34 Using line 38 Sketching 40 Drawing from life 42 Drawing from photographs 44 Drawing with pencil 48 Using charcoal 52 Drawing with charcoal 54 Using watercolour 58 Watercolour painting techniques 60 Other useful techniques 66 Colour and tone 68 Painting from life 72 Painting from photographs 74 Perfecting your portraits 82 Hair 84 Eyes and hands 86 Age 88 The portraits 90 Alexander 92 Mother and baby 102 Jilly 114 Afterword 126 Index 128