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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.