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On Sight-Size Portraiture
On Sight-Size Portraiture

On Sight-Size Portraiture


128 Pages, 8.75 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $35.95 (US $35.95) (CA $48.95)

Publication Date: April 2017

ISBN 9781785002038

Rights: US & CA

Crowood Press (Apr 2017)

Price: $35.95


This definitive book on sight-size portraiture includes examples from great masters and is wonderfully illustrated

In this fully revised and expanded book, Nicholas Beer examines the sight-size portrait method, in which the artist stands back at a distance to view the picture and sitter side-by-side and to scale. Nick demonstrates the technique in a series of projects that culminate in portrait painting. There are also sections on the history of sight-size, early treatises on portraiture, and the "philosophy" of seeing. This new edition also includes a Starts and Studies section, which looks at a series of unfinished paintings in detail to analyze the thought processes and techniques of great artists.

Author Biography

Nicholas Beer runs courses in painting and drawing at the Sarum Studio. He has exhibited widely and has undertaken portrait commissions throughout Europe and America.