Mixed Media Portraits Book – Pam Carriker


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Mixed Media Portraits: set your portraits apart from the rest!

Mixed Media Portraits is a wonderful book by mixed media artist Pam Carriker.

Portraits can be an intimidating subject but not with Art At the Speed of Life author and workshop instructor Pam Carriker as your teacher!

She helps you take on faces one quick sketch at a time for faster, easier, more enjoyable drawing and painting.

Not your average book on drawing the face, Mixed Media Portraits With Pam Carriker shows easy ways to draw more realistic faces in your own signature style. The goal is not an immaculate finished portrait, but a continually growing collection of personal, expressive sketches that you can use and reuse in your mixed-media work.

Inside you’ll find:

  • An easy-to-learn face-mapping technique that allows you to draw faces from your imagination, without a model or photo in front of you
  • Mini-demonstrations breaking down each facial feature
  • Simple color combinations for mixing both realistic and out-of-the-ordinary skin tones
  • 15 step-by-step projects featuring original ways to use your portraits as starting points for mixed-media masterpieces
  • Tons of expert tips, from selecting the right pencil for the job to creating self-portraits, working with reference photos and using transfer techniques

In the true spirit of mixed media, this book is all about combining, layering and experimenting in your pursuit of portrait nirvana. It will get you out of your comfort zone and into the habit of making faces that are truly and uniquely your own.

8 x 0.5 x 10 inches, 160 pages, soft cover.

Author biography

Pam Carriker is a Mixed Media Artist, Instructor, and author of books, Art at the Speed of Life, Creating Art at the Speed of Life and Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker. Her articles and artwork can be found in over 50 publications and she writes the column Art Journaling at the Speed of Life for Somerset’s Art Journaling magazine.
Serving as a Directors’ Circle Artist for Stampington & Co®, she has also created instructional videos for Strathmore Artist Papers line of Visual Journals, a signature line of art stencils for StencilGirl®, and rubber art stamps for Stampington & Co®.
She is enjoying developing a signature line of mixed media art products with Derivan Matisse®.
Art at the Speed of Life™ is her daily goal and even if it’s only 5 minutes on a busy day, she’ll pick up a pencil and piece of paper and get a little art making in!
You can find out more at pamcarriker.com

Mixed Media Portrait with Pam Carriker

Amazon Reviews

5 stars by Cynthia Stroo
This portrait book is a wonderful asset for both the beginning and seasoned artists, alike. It has clear instructions and photos that are instructive and inspiring.
Pam provides information on supplies used and techniques to achieve portraits that will give the artist a sense of accomplishment .
This is a book, yes, but it really feels more like a wonderful workshop, jam packed with ideas,information, and instruction.
You can take her techniques and then apply your own style to her methods,like I have in the photo provided here. Because her book is a launching point for your creativity to take over with her skillful techniques as the basis .
I highly recommend this book and have given one to a friend, who was as thrilled as I have been with the work that we are producing by following along with Pam’s book.

I began wanting to learn about art 7 years ago, so in that time I have purchased many, many books and taken lots of on-line classes. With that said, I can’t say enough good about this book. I feel I can toss the majority of my technique and how-to books, with this now in my library. It answers so many of the questions I have had for years. This book has the potential to take your art portraits from beginner style to a more advanced style. Still uniquely your own. Pam also puts in some fun techniques to try that look very inviting. This book is a ” must have” if you are serious about wanting to improve your art style yet not so in-depth that you are reading a pre-med book. Each time I pick up this book I seem to run upon yet another goodie, I somehow missed. If you have ever taken any of Pam’s classes, you’ll get the same professionalism and great teaching in her book (s). This and Jane Davenport’s “Beautiful Faces” ( though a more stylized approach to portraits ) are the best of the decade!


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