- Series: Art Workbook Series
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles; Workbook edition (August 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715307207
- ISBN-13: 978-0715307205
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Acrylic Workbook: A Complete Course in Ten Lessons (Art Workbook Series) Hardcover – August 1, 1998
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From Library Journal
Acrylic is an extremely versatile, very popular medium. Rodwell points out that it can be used instead of watercolor, oil, or gouache, sharing many of their advantages but few of the drawbacks. She emphasizes, however, that acrylic is exciting in its own right. Here, Rodwell provides ten lessons, from basic colors, textures, still lifes, and landscapes to collage. Designed for the hesitant beginner, these lessons begin with an outline drawing to be used as a guide. Finished paintings are fairly rudimentary and approachable. This is a solid first book for work in acrylics and can be followed by Rachel Wolf's The Acrylic Painter Book of Styles & Techniques (LJ 7/98), which references the work of seven master artists.
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I have the spiral-bound edition, which I recommend. It's built to sit flat, so the budding artist can refer to it easily even with hands full of paints, brushes, and whatnot. The text follows a logical progression, starting with paints, brushes, palettes, and knives. It addresses some of the many acrylic media available, with the special working properties that each imparts. Color mixing and layering comes early on, but can't be called a strong section - it's a complex topic, and the many different ways to understand color just can't fit the space allocated.
Successive sections cover basic ways to define an image, develop a composition, and create structure. These, of course, are the most complex topics and the ones least teachable from books. The ideal reader, I imagine, is in a rush to get going and has little patience with lengthy, complex discussions. The right reader gets off to a running start, even if others run off the end of the material in a hurry. No approach suits every artist - if you lack a real mentor but still want to have a little easel-painting fun with acrylics, here's a great place to start. It doesn't cover fabric painting, lift techniques, airbrushing, or lots of other parts of the acrylic range, but does a very nice job within the range it addresses.