Portrait Revolution Review

30896419Based on the popular international collaborative art project, Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, this book features hundreds of portraits in multiple mediums and styles teamed 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.


Review:

A colorful, internationally-unifying, inspiring experience – Kay presents hundreds of exquisite portraits by the form of media being used, the style of art, the themes or the kind of subject matter being depicted, and how to go about throwing a ‘portrait party.’ Alongside the portrait labels (artist name, title, media, dimensions), I really enjoyed the personalized statements from the artists about why the chose the subject matter or how they feel about using that particular media, etc. I think the blurb is a little misleading? I wouldn’t consider it a guide to portraiture as there are no real portraiture instructions. That isn’t to say it isn’t worth checking out. You get to see a variety of portraits done in all kinds of mediums and get glimpses into the artists processes and inspiration. I like the idea that you can go through and make notes about what you like about some portraits and what you may not like, and why, and use those ideas in your own work. The book is so full of tips from artists it can almost be overwhelming. I can see using this book for inspiration and a reference for tips when experimenting.

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