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Portraits Portraits Portraits

Posted by NationalGalleryShop 03/05/2018 0 Comment(s)



You may have heard that applications are now open for the Zurich Portrait Prize 2018. We have, as a result, gone totally portrait-mad with books and art materials for beginners as well as portrait supremos. Is supremos even a word? Who knows - we're portrait-mad. 






Painting Portraits and Figures in Watercolour* (€25.95) and Colour* Mixing Recipes for Portraits (€8.95). And that nice sketched figure in the left-hand corner is from the cover of Practical Anatomy for Artists (€22.50). 





Coloured* Pencil Painting Portraits (€27.25) and Coloursoft Skintones pencils (€12.95). 



(*we've used our creative licence and repeatedly added the letter 'u' to the word colour. We can't help it)





Beautiful Portrait Painting in Oils (€23.75) and The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression (€25.95). Our favourite facial expression is : /





And finally check out these vibrant art history-inspired A5 notebooks that have thick blank pages, perfect for sketching your muse(s) (€13.50)



If you're feeling inspired you can submit your Zurich Portrait Prize entry here - the deadline is Friday June 22nd.





Book of the Week #14 




This week's book of the week is The Gospel According to Blindboy (€12.95). Blindboy Boatclub is one half of comedy hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits, who, it's worth noting, is very unlikely to sit for a portrait given that he usually conceals his identity by wearing a plastic bag on his face. If you've been listening to Blindboy's popular podcast you'll know that he is a keen art historian, sharing his knowledge on Caravaggio, the Impressionists and the origin of the colour blue amongst other things. His debut book, however, is a collection of fictional short stories with touches of dada-esque absurdity. The original hardback was sold out nationwide but we've got our mittens on some copies of the paperback reprint. We found it fresh, creative and really entertaining.




Each week you'll find a new book of the week beside the till, alongside the previous week's title, both of which will be on sale with 10% off for their fortnight in the spotlight. 





Last week's title was From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan.