Review of Portrait Revolution by Julia L. Kay

I was extremely excited to read and review this book. The book cover is absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching. As someone who works in a variety of materials, I knew I was going to find even more ways to express my creativity.

Portrait Revolution is broken down into five distinct sections:

  • Portraits by Media
  • Portraits by Style
  • Portraits by Theme
  • Featured Artists
  • On Making Portraits

The book begins with an introduction to the Julia Kay’s Portrait Party, which is “an international collaborative project in which artists all over the world make portraits of each other”. The group has been in existence for seven years and this book is their way of sharing their art with readers.

There is so much to see and admire in this book. It’s loaded with creative portraiture, created in pencil, crayon, marker, oils, acrylics, collage and more. There’s also a great section on digital art. Portrait Revolution contains so much wonderful work to inspire both beginner and advanced artists.

I’m not sure I’d call this a guide – since it really is designed more as inspiration. However, the “On Making Portraits” chapter has a lot of valuable information for readers, and includes:

  • Why Make Portraits?
  • Working with Photographs
  • Tracing
  • On Seeing and Drawing
  • The Process of Making Portraits
  • Holding a Portrait Party

Portrait Revolution is a wonderful book for artists and for anyone who admires art. Thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton