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Painting and Drawing the Head

By Daniel Shadbolt

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ISBN: 9781785001635
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 10/06/2016
PAGES: 144
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 280x220 mm
INSIDE: 265 colour photographs

Painting and Drawing the Head combines technical instruction, art history references and thoughts on the day-to-day practice of painting the head from life. The rich text, supported by over 100 paintings, gives a thoughtful account of the process of capturing a likeness. After introducing materials, principles and ideas, it follows the course of painting a head in five sittings, providing unique insight and practical comment throughout: from the choice of ground for the picture, through the set-up, the structure of the sessions, guidance on how to compose and what palette to use, all the way to the later stages of developing a portrait over time.


  • Equipment notes about what to paint on and what to paint with
  • The importance of looking, and training your eyes
  • Advice on tone, colour, perspective and composition
  • Photographs explain lighting decisions and set-ups
  • The progress of painting a head over five sittings
  • Notes on painting a self-portrait

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