Figure Painting

This page focuses on the craft of painting the figure in oils.  These are the best books on the market, and there are some books on this list that are out of print but focus on techniques like the Reilly technique and his palette system. 

Click To Buy – Alla Prima II Everything I Know about Painting–And More

By Richard Schmid

The Book in Three Sentences:  This is the greatest book on oil painting ever written, with every page filled with gems of wisdom, technique, and materials.  Richard has had a lifetime of success, , he’s won every award that art can offer, amazing paintings in every genre, and has written about all of it in this beautifully printed book.  The reproductions are stellar and he has included many step by steps from his older publications that are long out of print.  (It is expensive but absolutely worth every penny.)