Painting with crayons Grace Mendez

Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker

I recently purchased Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker. My bookshelves are pretty full and I debated whether or not to buy yet another technique book. It feels like after a while the mixed media books that I purchase repeat their information or don’t have enough information.

I’m so glad I bought this book.

The chapter on proportions not only breaks down how to draw the face, she also shows you how to draw the eyes, ears, nose and mouth individually for deeper understanding.

The last half of the book has 15 mixed media portrait projects. She uses a variety of supplies and substrates with thorough step-by-step directions.

Throughout the book are “Artist Share” pages where contributing artists answer questions about their processes.

Mixed media portraits Grace Mendez

My art journal page was inspired by Project 1, “Painting with Crayons”. I didn’t have the same colors in the supply list and I did it in a Moleskine sketchbook instead of watercolor paper, so the surface didn’t behave exactly as she said it would but I am still pleased with the result.

I look forward to using Mixed Media Portraits for a long time.