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Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits

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Every artist should have at least one color mixing book.  I have three of William Powell’s color mixing books.  His are all very useful and I like his color mixing chart to measure out your paints.  I have a print copy and electronic copy of 1500 color recipes.  Some of the color swatches are different when you compare the book to the electronic version.

	I would recommend 1500 color mixing recipes over the one for portraits and the one that is just oil and acrylic.  The reason is there is so much more information in 1500.  Not just the watercolor recipes, 1500 includes landscape recipes.  I was surprised to find that it included all of the information from the portrait color mixing book.

	I highly recommend William Powell’s 1500 color mixing recipes for oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

	I received this galley from NetGalley.
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A good starting point for those who do want to incorporate portraits into paintings or stand alone images.. Decent look at shading and mixes.
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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Good color combinations! Would be very useful for portraits
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I didn't realize at the time of requesting this that this is the same author of the 1500 color mixing recipe book I already own. This volume specifically features recipes for skin, hair and eyes.
This book is like my art bible and one of the books I use almost every time I want to adjust or browse for other options for a portrait. You will use the grid less and less and mixing colors will become second nature the more often you do it. I still find any of the authors books highly valuable, especially if you're just starting out and getting the hang of things.

I can highly recommend this for any artist.

Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Date reviewed/posted: March 14, 2021
Publication date: May 11, 2021

When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave ( #thirdwave ?)is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today.

I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.  

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

Colour Mixing Recipes for Portraits features master mixes for an array of skin colours in oil, acrylic, and watercolour—plus recipes for hair, eye, and lip colours. Also included are a plastic colour-mixing grid for measuring out paints, as well as a handy conversion chart for finding acrylic equivalents of oil paints and vice versa. 

With Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits and your painting materials, follow the three simple steps to mix virtually any skin tone for your portrait:  Match a palette of skin tones from this book to your portrait subject. Create the Master Skin Tone Recipe for this palette using the included plastic colour mixing grid to measure each paint colour. Follow the recipes to create all the skin tones you will need to complete your portrait—from light values to shadows. 

Also featured in this book:
***Colour theory
**Tinting, toning, and shading
***Graying skin tones naturally
***Identifying facial planes
***Mouth, nose, and ear colour tones
***Eye and hair colour tones
***Watercolour skin tone recipes 

With recipes for more than 500 colour combinations, Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits is your ultimate source for painting realistic skin, mouths, ears, noses, eyes, and hair.

Walter Foster’s best-selling Color Mixing Recipes series also includes Color Mixing Recipes for Oil and Acrylic, Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor, and Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes. These books contain hundreds of precise colour mixing combinations for realistic results, as well as acetate grids for measuring paint units.

Walter Foster's best-selling Colour Mixing Recipes series also includes Colour Mixing Recipes for Watercolor, Colour Mixing Recipes for Portraits, and Colour Mixing Recipes for Landscapes. These books contain hundreds of precise colour mixing combinations for realistic results, as well as two acetate grids for measuring paint units.

This is a great idea for a book but I utterly refuse to spend $20 on a book that is 48 pages long - that is essentially a pamphlet - and I will not buy the other books in the series for the same reason. I can print off of Pinterest the charts for these for patrons wanting to know and they can keep them and I need not have spent a fortune on hard copies of the books (for all of the branches wanting them) as they can easily get stolen. (trust me, the art books get stolen, especially ones like this!)

I said that I would be honest, and it backfires sometimes.
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This book is a great tool for artists. Its focus is skin tones, but it also introduces colour theory, great illustrations for those with a prominent visual learning style. The instructions of how to achieve the colour mixes are clear and concise, and there are many examples that help visualize the instructions. Very helpful, I'd definitely love to have a physical copy when it's available.
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Very useful book for portrait painters. Painting human skin realistically is very difficult, but this volume makes it a lot easier. It contains basic mixes for skintones, color theory notices on how to lighten, darken or grey a color., explanation on facial planes and the corresponding values and  colors. The different parts of the face are treated as well with their caracteristics (cool or warm).. For skintones, eyes and hair there come parts with many mixes.
You select a color palette from the book, create the master color using the recipe that belongs to it and modify it to obtain the exact color you need.. Not only for oil and acrylic, there is a section for watercolor painting too, where intensity is regulated through water amount.
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One of the titles of the Color Mixing Recipes series and will be so useful for any artist wanting to paint portraits. Skin tones can be so hard to paint accurately. I like how instructions are also provided on how you can further tweak a color for more accuracy.

I tried one of the recipes and was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out. I am looking forward to owning at least one of the titles in this series.
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This is a concise, practical guide to color mixing for portraits. It is very practical and if you are looking for technical and straightforward booklet that is a good resource without being overwhelming. It has details of paintings to show the colors in context (eye iris, swatch of hair), but I would have loved to see some full images to see all the color mixes working together in context.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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A great book and guide to color mixing!! I found it to be very helpful and detailed in laying out color formats. Super great read and perfect for any artists out there!

*Thanks Netgalley and Walter Foster Publishing for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*
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