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Portrait Revolution, Book Review

Portrait Revolution, by Julia L. Kay

Inspiration from Around the World For Creating Art in Multiple Mediums and Styles

About the Book: Based on the popular international collaborative art project, this guide to creating portraiture in multiple mediums and styles teams hundreds of portraits with tips and insights on the artistic process.

The human face is one of the most important subjects for artists, no matter their chosen medium. Pulling from 50,000 works of portraiture created by the artists of the international online collaborative project Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, Portrait Revolution presents a new look at this topic—one that doesn’t limit itself to one medium, one style, one technique, or one artist. By presenting portraits in pencil, pen, charcoal, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, digital media, collage, and more, Julia Kay and co. demonstrate the limitless possibilities available to aspiring artists or even to professional artists who are looking to expand creatively.

Along with works in almost every conceivable medium, Portrait Revolution shines a spotlight on different portrait-making techniques and styles (featuring everything from realism to abstraction). With tips, insights, and recommendations from accomplished portrait artists from around the globe, this all-in-one inspiration resource provides everything you’ll need to kick-start your own portrait-making adventure.

My Thoughts: I originally got this book (from publisher for review) for my friend who does my photos. I thought that it was going to be mostly photographs, that we could use for inspiration, however I then saw they really did mean a variety of mediums. While this didn’t work for exactly what I wanted I ended up even liking it more. I love all the different styles and really think that an artist could take this as a great portrait inspiration book.

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