On Sight-Size Portraiture

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In this fully revised and expanded book, Nicholas Beer examines the sight-size portrait method, in which the artist stands back at a distance to view the picture and sitter side-by-side and to scale. Nick demonstrates the technique in a series of projects that culminate in portrait painting. There are also sections on the history of sight-size, early treatises on portraiture, and the "philosophy" of seeing. This new edition also includes a Starts and Studies section, which looks at a series of unfinished paintings in detail to analyze the thought processes and techniques of great artists.


Nicholas Beer runs courses in painting and drawing at the Sarum Studio. He has exhibited widely and has undertaken portrait commissions throughout Europe and America.