Pauline Denyer Baker was born and educated in Sussex. Her aptitude for portraiture was first recognised at the age of eleven, at school. She left at 16 and spent 4 years studying Fine Art at Brighton, then 3 years at the Royal College of Art studying Fashion Design. Her contemporaries included Zandra Rhodes and Ozzie Clarke. After graduation, she found the rag trade too commercial, and became a teacher in all aspects of Fashion Design at Brighton College of Art, and West Sussex College of Design, whilst bringing up her two sons. Eventually going back to Fine Art, (especially portraiture from life and in miniature) which she taught primarily at West Dean College for nearly 25 years. Her miniature work has been accepted and hung at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 1989-2007. In 1995, at the first World Exhibition of Miniatures in London, she was awarded the Silver Bowl for the Best Portrait. Now she is a member of several UK Miniature Societies and in 2013 became a member of the Miniature Artists of America. Her work is in collections world wide, and has won several awards. This first book is a realised ambition, with comprehensive advice on miniature painting techniques, especially painting miniature portraits of children. It also contains notes on colour mixing, perspective, sketchbooks and the elements of portraiture to look for to get a true likeness. Although it is about miniatures in particular, much of the general information will be be useful to artists of all abilities, in several other genres.