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Beginner's Guide to Creating Portraits: Learning the essentials & developing your own style

Unlock the secrets of portraiture with this essential beginner’s guide. Identify your personal style, use photo references, prepare your canvas, and establish an effective workflow for striking results.

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Expert Steve Forster guides you through getting started, including why ‘creation cycles’ are the key to success. Especially valuable for beginners, this phased approach provides a clear decision-making route at every stage.

Then artist Robyn Leora Lowe demonstrates how to create believable features, no matter your style and medium.

To understand real-life workflow, follow six professional artists step by step through specially commissioned portraits. Discover how concept, style, technique, subject, and experience converge for distinctive results.

Galleries of work from these artists, and others, showcase an even wider range of powerful portraiture.

Whether a complete beginner or honing existing skills, you too can develop the approach, confidence, and mastery needed to produce compelling portraits.

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Production Details:

  • Softback 320 pages

  • Dimensions: 297 mm x 210 mm

  • Paper quality: Full-color premium paper pages

  • ISBN: 978-1-912843-39-8

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