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Nita Leland's Portraits & Figures Book List

Albert, Calvin & Dorothy Seckler. Figure Drawing Comes to Life. Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1957. Exciting approach to form and motion.

Albert & Wolf. Basic Figure Drawing Techniques. North Light, 1994. Good beginning book.

Andrews, Don. Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1988. Free technique, wonderful color.

Clark, Roberta Carter. How to Paint Living Portraits. North Light, 1990. Useful book for portrait painters.

Clark, Roberta Carter. Painting Vibrant Children's Portraits. North Light, 1997. Children's features, skin, clothing: all you need to know.

Curnow, Vera. Creative Colored Pencil Portraits. Rockport, 1996. Beautiful examples by experts.

Draper, Everett. Putting People in Your Paintings. North Light, 1985. General reference to using figures.

Faigin, Gary. The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression. Watson-Guptill, 1990. A remarkable reference for expressing emotions in facial expression.

Frost, Dennis. Capturing Personality in Pastel. Watson-Guptill, 1982. Making your portraits come alive.

Hale, Robert Beverly and Paul Richer. Artistic Anatomy. Watson-Guptill, 1986. A technical classic with diagrams of skeleton and musculature.

Hamm, Jack. Drawing the Head & Figure. Perigee, 1983. Complete, easy guide with diagrams for proportions.

Hammond, Lee.How to Draw Lifelike Portraits from Photographs uses simple materials and a simple method based on blending of soft pencil strokes to create form and volume in the human face.

Hogarth, Burne. Drawing the Human Head. Watson-Guptill, 1989. Achieving three-dimensions in drawing the head.

Hogarth, Burne. Dynamic Anatomy. Watson-Guptill, 1990. Expressing volume and proportion with the figure.

Katchen, Carole. Painting Faces and Figures. Watson-Guptill, 1986. Good examples of different media, artists and poses.

Katchen, Carole. Figure Drawing Workshop: How to Make Inspiring Figure Drawings in All Media. Watson-Guptill, 1985. How to make inspiring figure drawings in all media with examples from several artists.

Kunz, Jan. Painting Watercolor Portraits That Glow. North Light, 1989. Structure, light and flesh tones.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth ed. Viking, 1991. A technical reference all serious artists should be familiar with.

Metzger, Phil. The Artist's Illustrated Encylopedia: Techniques, Materials & Terms. North Light, 2001. A comprehensive reference, lavishly illustrated with contemporary art works, photographs and charts.

Muybridge, Eadweard. The Human Figure in Motion. Dover, 1989. Hundreds of reference photos of the human figure.

Norton, John. Painting & Drawing Children. Watson-Guptill, 1979. Anatomy and features in different media.

Paul, Stephen, ed. Illustrator's Figure Reference Manual. Bloomsbury, 1997. Hundreds of photos of men, women and children engaged in different activities.

Pederson, Jean. Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People. North Light, 2007. Paint beautiful portraits filled with life and spirit.

Pitz, Henry. How to Use the Figure in Painting & Illustration. Search ABEbooks Watson-Guptill, 1968. A classic.

Reid, Charles. Figure Painting in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1972. Reid's books are my favorites in figures and portraits.

Reid, Charles. Portrait Painting in Watercolor. Watson-Guptill, 1973. A spontaneous approach to the portrait.

Rubins, David. The Human Figure. Penguin, 1976. Artistic anatomy--a simple guide to structure.

Schider, Fritz. An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists. Dover, 1981. Diagrams and photos of the skeleton and musculature.

Schmid, Richard. Richard Schmid Paints the Figure: Advanced Techniques in Oil. Watson-Guptill, 1979. Materials, techniques, excellent studies.

Silverman, Burt. Painting People. Watson-Guptill, 1977. Methods in oils, pastels and watercolors.

Stine, Al. Painting Watercolor Portraits. North Light, 1997. Stine's techniques and materials.

Westerman, Arne. Paint Watercolors Filled With Light & Energy. North Light, 1994. Strong on design particularly with figures and portraits.

Zemsky, Jessica. Capturing the Magic of Children in Your Paintings. North Light, 1996. The joy of children in their environment.

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