Rob was born in South Africa. After finishing his education, he travelled extensively, receiving tuition and studying the techniques of traditional classical painting. He turned professional at the age of 23 and has had a very fulfilling international career, spanning more than four decades. Rob has become highly sought-after as a tutor worldwide, both demonstrating and hosting hands-on workshops. He runs a popular YouTube channel, and has written articles for The Artist (UK), International Artist and The South African Artist magazines. Rob has demonstrated on television in the USA, Mauritius and South Africa, and is a founder member of The Artists' Gallery, KZN in South Africa. Rob divides his time between the UK and South Africa. In addition to taking portrait commissions, he produces a limited number of paintings for sale each year, available for purchase through his represented galleries. He often returns to his beachfront studio in South Africa, where he gains inspiration for and paints most of the works seen at his exhibitions and in galleries. To see more of Rob's work visit www.robwareing.com.
Sought-after tutor, and The Artist contributor, Rob Wareing, draws on 40 years of experience for his first book, Painting Portraits in Oils. Working from life, Rob encourages students to complete their painting in one sitting. His alla prima method is explained here in great detail, from the initial overview of the subject and preparing your work area to how to post and light the sitter. Every stage of the process is covered - composition, proportions, colour mixing and skin tones, to finishing touches - with clear step-by-step demonstrations and plenty of the artist's work included throughout. * The Artist * Acclaimed portrait artist Rob Wareing shares more than 40 years of experience in his first book, Painting Portraits in Oils. If you're ready for a new challenge, discover how to paint a subject from life, beginning with the materials needed, how to light and pose your sitter, to the painting process itself. * Crafts Beautiful * Portraiture in Oils. Difficult, messy, best left to the professionals. And, you know what, I wouldn't disagree. Until now, right up to the moment I discovered this amazing guide. Rob is a portrait painter with an international reputation and some four decades' of experience. What impressed me most about this book is how Rob breaks what is indeed a complex subject, down into easily-understood parts. You can (and should) get the sense of a book by flicking quickly through its pages. This one is not just phenomenally unintimidating, but actually welcoming. So how is this sleight of hand achieved? Simple lessons - one thing at a time, carefully graded stages. Let's look at the first few: Materials (of course), Planning, Preparation, Composition, Lighting, Studies. There are plenty of examples and illustrations, but this is about getting to know them. This not only puts both of you at ease, but also helps you understand character and expressions. Groundwork, you see. The rest of the book proceeds in the same way. Rob teaches specific painting skills - facial features, hard and soft edges (even how to keep the sitting the right length) through examples and simple exercises. Rob is nothing if not a patient teacher and we're some 100 pages in before a full sitting appears and, by now, you'll be ready for the heavy lifting. Even here, Rob takes things slowly (you can with oils), taking time over drawing, initial paint layers, construction of features and the final refining. This is a careful and believable book; perhaps its greatest trick is to convince you that you really can do what you thought wasn't possible. -- Henry Malt * Paint Magazine *