Learn to Paint People Quickly
Quick study The well-known watercolour artist passes on her tricks and techniques for depicting human figures, in this accessible book
Watercolour artist Hazel Soan passes on her top tips for depicting human figures.
Perhaps best known from Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge series, Hazel Soan is an internationally successful artist who loves sharing her insights through books and teaching. Her latest guide focuses on painting human figures realistically.
It begins with the basics (understanding proportions, symmetry, foreshortening and perspective) before moving on to finer details (plausible poses, indicating movement, lighting and shadows). Then it looks at more advanced areas such as folds and creases in clothing, depicting people within café scenes, and skin tones and colouring. Each tip, pointer or lesson is illustrated by an example of Hazel’s artwork; mostly watercolours, all fully captioned.
If the ambiguous title confuses you, we should point out it’s the learning process that’s quick, not the painting itself. In other words, this is quite a small, short book filled with tips rather than lengthy instruction.
If you’re after a more detailed and comprehensive introduction to painting people then, you need to look elsewhere. If, however, you want a series of bite-sized pointers, this pocket-sized hardback offers a quick, fun and colourful way to get started.
Hazel uses her painting of a Tunisian market to explain how to convey the effects of lighting on people and objects in a scene.