Learn to create more lifelike portraits with these visual tutorial ebooks that demonstrate how artist Cuong Nguyen develops his own work. The three volume series Creating Realistic Skin Tones details Cuong's distinctive and easy-to-follow green foundation technique on models of varying ethnicities, while the Drawing the Human Face book will teach you how to capture accurate human proportions.

Portrait in Oil with Cuong Nguyen

If you want to master an effective palette for rendering realistic skin tones in oil, then this is the book for you.  It features three separate demonstrations using models with varying complexions. Each demonstration shows a full-color photograph for each stage—from drawing, to underpainting, to finishing the painting—with details about how to mix your colors to achieve each effect. Full materials list is included.


Creating Realistic Skin Tones with CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
Volume 1

This visual guide demonstrates Cuong's easy-to-follow green foundation technique, showing you exactly what colors to layer to achieve beautiful skin tones on three different models with varying complexions.


Creating Realistic Skin Tones with CarboOthello Pastel Pencils
Volume 2

This second volume provides exercises you can follow yourself to draw and shade various facial features realistically, as well as another full demonstration of a complete portrait.


Creating Realistic Skin Tones with CarbOthello Pastel Pencils
Volume 3

The final volume of this series depicts demonstrations of the technique on four different models showing a greater variety of skin tones and ethnicities. Like the other volumes, it tells you exactly what colors are layered at each stage.


Drawing the Human Face

Improve your drawing skill by following this complete set of beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercises for drawing faces with accurate proportions.

This is a beautiful eBook and an invaluable resource. I urge everyone to purchase a copy of this wonderful tutorial!
— Kay Witt - USA
Thank you so much for sharing and teaching your technique. I was up all night drawing and I am extremely pleased with your e-book. My artwork has dramatically improved overnight!
— Mary Safian - NJ, USA
Cuong, this is absolutely the best!! Have downloaded my paid copy and can’t wait read everything a second time!! Thank you!!
— Sherry Eastridge Long - USA
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