Painting Portraits of Children

Simon Davis
Painting a portrait of a child is one of the most complex challenges an artist will face. In this detailed and practical book, Simon Davis opens up his studio and explains his approach. As one of the country's leading portrait painters, he gives a unique insight into how to render a sympathetic portrait in oils, which avoids sentimentality and captures the essence of a child, in oils. Topics covered include the importance of composition and balance, tonality and palette, and atmosphere and advice on the complete process, from first ideas to putting down the paintbrush. There are step-by-step examples of a range of children, including different ages, backgrounds and groups and an interview with fellow Royal Society of Portrait Painters artist Andrew James.
Painting Portraits of Children by Simon Davis

About the author

Simon Davis, Vice-President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, is a respected portrait painter who uses the square brush technique. He is also well known as a comic book illustrator, most notably contributing fully painted art for 2000AD and Sinister Dexter. His comic-strip work, with its need for narrative and careful composition, complements his oil painting so that he approaches portraits in a uniquely dynamic and economical way.