This book has grown out of an international collaborative project known as Julia Kay's Portrait Party in which hundreds of artists from all over the world have come together online and made tens of thousands of portraits of each other, working from photographs posted online. Along the way oil painters, iPad artists, professional artists and beginners, bus drivers and architects have learned from and influenced each other, become friends and begun meeting up in person all over the world.
Julia Kay's Portrait Party - Inspiration, tips and technicques for creating portraits draws on the work of many of these artists to show how the idea of a potrait can be interpreted in many different and creative ways, making portraiture accessible to anyone. The book features hundreds of portraits in a huge variety of media including drawing (pencil, charcoal), painting (oils, watercolours, acrylics), pastels, prints, digital media, mosaic and collage. It showcases different styles from realism to caricature, showing how artists approach and interpret the same subject in diferent ways. Also included are helpful tips and considerations for creating a portrait fro a photograph and drawing from life.
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Julia Kay is a painter, printmaker, photographer, muralist and digital artist who was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA in Photography from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in San Francisco where her work has won local competitions and a mural commission.
Julia launched her Portrait Party in 2010 when a personal project to draw herself every day for three years was drawing to a close. In just over four years, Julia Kay's Portrait Party has grown to more than 800 members from 50 countries and so far generated nearly 40,000 portaits.