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The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists Paperback – November 15, 2013
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"Seth Apter has compiled this wonderful book for North Light Books, and whether you are an art lover or a maker...or both...you will want to read through it." - Cyndi Lavin, Mixed-Media Artist.com, 2013
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The book does include tricks and tips, and thank heavens, it does not include "how you can make a piece exactly like mine." The book urges us to look within ourselves and to mine deeply for the gold within us with the same courage and humor as the artists in this book.
You can get this free if you have Kindle Unlimited, but I strongly urge you to buy a print copy. I like to see the art work bigger and to enjoy the gorgeous design of the book. And to hold the book lovingly in my hands as I drool over it.
It actually shows 40 artists, and there are 40 pages with photographs of these artists and a list of what they like to have on their art tables.
For me, that space could have been utilized teaching the reader more about how to do techniques...with the artist's photos smaller. As it stands, this is more a tribute to 40 different artists with little to no instruction.
On the opposite side of the artist's photo is a self portrait that he or she did. This is where you may get ideas because they are nice works.
I'll give you an example. One artist did a piece I loved by combining different squares and rectangles. I wondered if if was pen and ink, acrylic, and what it was drawn upon...I could not tell if it was wood block, canvas, or clay tiles.
All it said under it was that the artist sketched chicken fights (people on the shoulders of others) in her sketch book because it's an odd activity and she wanted to remember to do a piece like that.
This is like eating one potato chip...or getting just one bite of dessert...just when you get interested, you are left wanting more.
That said, although I did not learn how to do anything on this piece, I did like the artwork and maybe that will spur ideas.
Some other artists did give some basic tips and so I had enough takeaways on some projects to learn a little. But most of the book was just the artists and their self portraits and questions and answers like "Has anyone ever copied your artwork before?"
I'd call it more a tribute to 40 artists, with some tips.
It's a good book if your looking for inspiration from other well known artists.